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Archive for July, 2013

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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Nervous about Presenting?

Early in my work coaching executives, one VP said to me, “I hate public speaking.  What I’m hoping is that you can help me get over my fear of public speaking.”

I was honest with her.  “There are things we can do together to make you feel more comfortable and confident.  But unfortunately, I don’t have a magic wand.  I can’t promise that you’ll ‘get over’ being nervous.”
No Magic Pixie Dust
A 2001 Gallup poll reported that 40% of Americans have a fear of public speaking.  …

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Microphones

If you’re presenting in a relatively large room and you’re availed of the opportunity to use a microphone, use it.  Even if you think you’re loud enough, having your voice amplified makes the experience better for your audience.  Use the microphone for them.

If you’re not accustomed to using a microphone here are a few tips.

 
Lavaliere Microphones
I recommend the lavaliere microphone as it allows you as the presenter to move out from behind the lectern while leaving your hands free for a clicker and natural hand gestures.

Women …

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Is It Ever OK to Cry When You’re Presenting? It Depends.

I watched a TED Talk recently in which the speaker, Dr. Peter Attia, choked up.  His throat caught as he appeared to be fighting back tears.  The emotions which surfaced were a mixture of regret, remorse and shame.  He came across as sincere and committed to the topic of this talk – challenging the way we think about diabetes and obesity.

Here’s his TED Talk.

 Is It Ever OK to Cry When You’re Presenting?  It Depends
While this ultimately has to be a question that each presenter must answer for his or herself, here are some rules …

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