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Overcoming Nerves While Speaking Publically

by Natalie Gallagher

Public speaking continues to be one of the biggest fears many people have, and it’s largely because of the incredible anxiety that comes with standing in front of a crowd, with all eyes and ears focusing on you. “What if” questions roil around in our brains: What if I say something dumb? What if I look bad? What if, what if, what if???

After twenty-one years of being a public speaker, including in front of audiences large and small, I’m here to tell you that the nerves never fully go …

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The Most Common Public Speaking Question Is …

by Bob Goodyear

Over the last month I’ve had the chance to speak to several groups on the topic of public speaking. Before two of the sessions, the host asked the attendees to submit questions for me to answer during my time with them. While I received many great questions, the most common one was a variation of, “What can I do about being nervous before and during my speech?”

Let me share with you three of the techniques I suggested.
Nervousness is Natural
First, remember that nervousness is something that naturally happens …

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Becoming a Great Impromptu Speaker

By Natalie Gallagher

 

The first time I was called on to give an impromptu speech in front of my colleagues, I was so nervous and unprepared that I rambled incoherently for 30 seconds, then spoke as fast as I could through my key points. Later someone told me I should’ve been an auctioneer instead of a professor. Does this sound familiar to you?

 

There’s much we can do to be great at delivering prepared presentations, but more often than not, we will be called on to deliver speeches on the spot. Every …

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Handling Flub-Ups Like a Pro

 
By Claudia Brogan

 
Dropping a microphone, forgetting the next sentence in your speech, noticing mid-delivery that the power point slide has a spelling mistake.

Each of these flubs— and many more—populate the dreams of those who do public speaking.

 
HIGHS AND LOWS
Lately, I have been observing speakers to watch how they handle the unexpected. I have learned a lot from watching pros handle mistakes with grace. In other situations, I have sighed with empathy when other speakers have …

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How to Master Public Speaking

by Lydia Bailey

 

For a lot of people, public speaking is worse than a death sentence. This graphic helps to explain why public speaking is so scary to certain individuals and ways to get over it.

The fear of public speaking is known as “glossophobia”. More Americans report they fear it more than heights, flying, drowning, and small spaces. So what makes this fear so common? The main reason is that they feel that they will be ostracized, which in early days of man would have meant death since collaboration was …

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When A Speaker’s Mind Goes (Completely) Blank

by Claudia Brogan

When working with aspiring speakers, I have found out at least one secret fear that we all have about public speaking.

What will I do if my mind goes blank?

Even more than the fear that there is a trap door in the center of that speaking area, it’s like we WISH there would be a trap door, once our mind has gone blank!

The truth is that this happens to most speakers. The second truth is that –though gulp-inducing— this occurrence is quite survivable, by employing one …

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What Keeps You from Presenting Your Ideas at Work?

 

by Kelly Vandever

The ability to communicate an idea clearly and relevantly to an audience isn’t the most important thing.

It’s important, particularly if you want your presentation to mean something.

But the most important thing, the first thing, is to have the courage to do your presentation.
Apprehension about Presenting
I love helping people give more effective business presentations.  And I’m good at it if I do say so myself!

Over the last five years, I’ve taught, coached, and encouraged hundreds of people on every aspect of …

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Presentations Matter – Because You Can Make the World a Better Place

 

by Kelly Vandever

Methods and tools to prevent the spread of AIDS.

A game that teaches children to brush their teeth.

Funding for a Head Start program.

 
These are the reasons I do what I do.
I do not have the knowledge to teach others how to prevent the spread of AIDS. But I can coach a research scientist how to present her findings in a more effective manner.

I didn’t know how to effectively teach my own …

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Why Your 2014 New Year’s Resolution Should NOT Be Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

by Kelly Vandever

It might sound strange coming from a presentation coach… but if you have decided that “overcoming the fear of public speaking” as your New Year’s Resolution for 2014, I argue that you should reconsider.

What?  Have you gone crazy, Kelly?!

Well maybe.  But I think, if you have a fear of public speaking, instead of concentrating on yourself and your fear, I encourage you to set your resolution to… “Serve My Audience.”   Here’s how….

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The Dirty Little Secret – Beta Blockers and the Fear of Public Speaking

The woman before me was a competent, intelligent, and normally confident person.  But the thought of public speaking, particularly to a group of executives in her company, drove her to take drastic measures.
1 – She hired me to coach her
2 – She spoke to her best friend who happened to be a physician about prescribing a med to decrease her anxiety
She shared with me what her doctor said — beta blockers are the dirty little secret that no one talks about.
Beta Blockers – Last …

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