We had another fantastic The Fearless Presentations ® Workshop in Washington DC. This time, eight presenters became fearless in less than two days!
One of the main takeaways from this class was that impromptu speaking, or thinking on your feet, isn’t as intimidating or scary as we make it out to be. Most people don’t realize is that we are constantly creating and delivering impromptu speeches everyday. Every time we pick up a phone, that is an impromptu speech. Even when we talk to a coworker in the hallways or attend a meeting, you don’t write out a presentation. In these situations, we usually do just fine coming up with an intelligent response. But, for some reason, when we are put on the spot in front of others, our anxiety jumps up very quickly.
Class Members in the Washington DC Presentation Class Learn to Think and Speak on Their Feet.
The key is to think of a story from your past that reminds you of the subject that you are being asked to speak on. Then, relate the story back to your audience. Finally, tell your audience the lesson that you learned from that experience.
But, how do we think of a story or example? There is a simple phrase that we say to ourselves that will act as a super search engine for our brain. It’s the phrase, “That reminds me of the time.” Saying this phrase to yourself will help you come up with a closely related example related to the topic.
So the next time that you are put on the spot, just use the simple phrase, “that reminds me of the time.” It will help you confidently have something intelligent to offer as a solution to any challenge presented. For help with overcoming the fear of speaking in public off the cuff, sign up for our public speaking course. For details about upcoming presentation classes in Washington DC, click here.