3 Ways To Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking

Google put out a great add about a boy trying to overcome glossophobia. What is glossophobia? – it is the fear of public speaking. Check out the add – I know as a professional speaker, I am in the minority because I don’t fear speaking – I love it! But I talk to people all of the time who fear public speaking. That is a normal and common fear. So how do you get over it? Here are 3 tips that will help you overcome the Fear of Public Speaking. 1. Focus on the Audience 2. Change your goal 3. Prepare, Prepare and Prepare 1. When most people approach a speech or presentation they are focused on themselves. “What if I mess up?” “I hope I don’t forget what I want to say.” “I hope I wore the right clothes.” When we are nervous it is a sure indication that
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8 Tips That Will Make Your Presentations Great

I spent one day and a half with eight executives from a national association helping them develop their presentation skills. We dissected every aspect of presenting from how you open to how you close. We worked on storytelling, creating engagement and adding humor. I had them speak in front of their peers and we filmed them, critiqued them and improved together. Here are the Top 8 Tips (according to the executives) That Will Make Your Presentations Great. 1. Focus on the audience. Forget perfection in your presentation and aim for connection with your audience. 2. Develop your presentation and then your power point. Remember your power point is meant to support your message – it is not your presentation. 3. Turn you presentation into a conversation by adding “You” focused questions. (Questions that contain the word “You” making it about the audience) 4. Craft stories that are struggle to solution.
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