Presenters, Here are 4 Powerful Ways to Start Your Speech

Jitters, sweaty palms, scratchy throat, you’re practically shaking. Someone called you to the stage. The time has come, the time you’ve prepared for — and dreaded — for weeks. You’re about to give a speech. You take the mic and all heads turn to you. Suddenly, you’re extremely aware of the fact that people are […]

A Worthwhile Investment? Public Speaking Workshops for Millennials

Recently, I was out to dinner with an industry colleague at a new and trendy restaurant. The lights were not too dim and the music was not overpowering which made this a great choice for catching up and having a conversation. The restaurant seemed to attract a good mix of clientele from the more mature […]

How to End Your Presentation with a Bang

Have you ever heard a great speaker end an amazing talk with a lousy “Thank you,” or worse, “That’s it folks, any questions?” Such endings are anti-climactic. You went through all that effort to deliver a good presentation and that’s how you end it? That is a real shame when it happens. To your audience, […]

4 Strategies for Handling Hecklers While Giving a Speech

Which is worse, hecklers or trolls? While they have a couple of things in common, such as mean and offensive language, trolls are able to hide their real identity in fake online accounts. The majority of them aren’t really mean in real life. Hecklers, on the other hand, are braver in a way that they’re […]

How to Stop Using Er, Um, and Other Filler Words in Speeches

Call me weird, but it’s sometimes painful for me to watch motivational speeches. These talks inspire me alright, but motivational speakers have slightly irritating habits of using consistent filler-words, phrases, (and sometimes gestures), and I’m not looking forward to my knee-jerk reaction of counting the filler words that I hear during a speech. In fact, […]

How to Deliver a Memorable Speech and Be Believable

How much can you recall of the last speech you listened to? None? A few snippets? Not even an inspiring quote? Don’t you want to be able to design and deliver a memorable speech and have your audience want more? Several studies report the audience’s retention of a speech or lecture ranges from a measly […]

Projecting Your Voice to the Last Row-Your Speech Making Secret Weapon

Projecting your voice to the last row can be your speech-making secret weapon. Using a strong, projected voice is one of the most fundamental ways to create a lively, exciting presentation. A robust voice also creates an image of knowledge, credibility, and authority. Still, in my work as a speech coach, I have found most […]

More Power in PowerPoint

In this free public speaking tip video, Doug Staneart, CEO of Fearless Presentations®, gives a few great tips on how to put more power in your PowerPoint presentations. This video was shot live during one of Doug’s public speaking classes with a single take, so the video gives you a good idea of what the […]

Why is Public Speaking Important?

With the upcoming presidential election in the US, a big emphasis will be on how each candidate communicates effectively in the upcoming debates, so I thought this might be a good backdrop to explain why public speaking skills are so important to a person’s success. One of the phrases that I use often when I […]

How to Find a Good ToastMasters Club

After folks attend one of our public speaking classes, they will sometimes ask me or their presentation skills instructor for a way to practice their new found self-confidence in a controlled environment. One of the places they ask about most is Toastmasters International, because Toastmaster has thousands of local chapters all over the world, and […]

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