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Practice Your Presentation with a Friend or Colleague

Author: admin, 04/20/16

Avoid Practicing Your Presentation in Front of a Mirror

Yes, you want to practice your presentation, but how you practice is really more important than the number of times that you practice a presentation. We are continuing with the 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear series, and public speaking tip number 10 is to practice with a friend or colleague. The truth is that the ideas that we have in our head and how these ideas actually sound when they leave our mouth are usually fairly different concepts. So it is a good idea to practice your presentation before you get up in front of a “real” audience to deliver a presentation. However, most people try to practice in front of a mirror — or worse, video recording yourself as a coaching technique. Just so you know video recording can be a valuable way to get good feedback, however most of us are extremely self-critical. So when we practice by ourselves in front of a mirror or via video recording, we will most often nitpick ourselves so much that we actually get worse versus get better.

Practicing a Presentation with a Friend or Colleague with Increase Self-Confidence

However, when we practice with a friend or coworker, we typically increase the value of the practice. When we say something that the colleague agrees with, the person will likely nod and give us other types of valuable visual feedback to let us know that we are communicating well. If we say something that is confusing, we will see the expression on our friend change. This lets us know when we need to alter our deliver a little. These corrections can help us improve our delivery dramatically.

Just as an additional tip, if you over practice, you will likely violate Tip #3, Avoid Trying to Memorize Your Speech Word-for-Word. Practicing once or twice is usually your best bet.

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is that when you practice with a person, you can more easily make corrective actions to improve your presentation.

<= Go back to tip #9: Enthusiasm is the Secret to Fantastic Presentations

Start over with Tip #1 Realize that Most of the Nervousness that You Feel Can’t be Seen by the Audience =>

Enthusiasm is the Secret to Fantastic Presentations

Author: admin, 04/19/16

Energy and Enthusiasm is the Secret to All Great Presenters

Most people know that the secret to being a great presenter is to have lots of energy and enthusiasm, but enthusiasm is also a great way to reduce public speaking fear. We are continuing with the 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear series, and public speaking tip number nine is that enthusiasm is the secret to fantastic presentations. When your audience makes their first impression of you as a speaker, are they thinking, “this person is really good,” or are they thinking, “man this is boring”? Your enthusiasm will likely determine this impression. If you have energy, your audience will give you good positive feedback (see tip #7: Look for Positive Feedback from Your Audience). When you see that positive feedback, your confidence will grow right away.

How Do You Show Enthusiasm When Your are Nervous?

The second day of the Fearless Presentations ® series is called Advanced Presentation Skills, and in that class, we cover an entire session about how to increase your energy. We give you five simple things that you can do to increase your energy so that your audience both likes your presentation and gives you great feedback that helps to grow your self-confidence. If you have registered for Day #1 of the class, you can add the Advanced Presentation Skills part of the class for just $600 which saves you $195!

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is that enthusiasm fixes a lot of public speaking flaws. Increase your energy and you will decrease your nervousness!

<= Go back to tip #8: Speak about Topics on Which You are an Expert

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Design Your Presentations Using Topics About Which You Are an Expert

Author: admin, 04/18/16

Speak on Topics About Which You are an Expert

If you want to reduce public speaking fear, give presentations about topics that you know pretty well — topics about which you are the expert. We are continuing with the 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear series, and public speaking tip number eight is to design your presentations using topics about which you are the expert. The good news is that, in the business world, if you are the one who is being asked to speak to a group, it is, most often because you have information that the audience doesn’t yet have. That makes you the expert. (If someone else had the information, they’d be giving the speech.)

Most Public Speaking Fear Comes from Violating this Tip

Many people have a public speaking fear as an adult because of challenges that they had speaking in front of their peers in high school (or college). In high school, when we are asked to deliver a speech, it is most often a “book report”. We are asked to give a presentation a book… well… that we probably didn’t actually read. As a result, we are nervous as “all ‘git out” when we stand to speak. Don’t let challenges that you had presenting when you were a teenager affect your success as an adult.

If you feel nervous about speaking in front of a group, this nervousness is EASY to overcome — if you have a good coach. Make sure and look at our schedule of classes at https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/seminar-schedule and register one in your area. We can help!

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is that if you feel nervous when you present, it is likely because you were put in a difficult situation by a past teacher. Don’t make the same mistake again! Let one of our public speaking coaches help.

<= Go back to tip #7: What Do I Do with My Hands When I give a Speech?

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What Do I Do with My Hands When I give a Speech?

Author: admin, 04/15/16

Drop Your Hands to Your Side when Not Using Them to Gesture

We are continuing with the 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear series, and pub tip number seven is to drop your hands when not using them to gesture as you present. One of the most common questions that we get from people who are looking for specific public speaking tips is, “What do I do with my hands?” The most common place for your hands to be when you are not using them is dropped to your side. When you drop your hands as a speaker, you are showing your audience that you are at ease and in control. It also allows you to make powerful and energetic gestures when you next use your hands. If you have your hands in front of you, and your hands are clasped together, you will use fewer gestures when you present. When you do gesture, your movements will be small and show low energy. However, when you drop your hands to your side and then gesture, the gesture is more powerful. This video shows examples of how this actually looks to an audience.

What Do I Do with My Hands When I give a Speech?

So, the answer is to drop your hands, and then use your hands to gesture effectively when you deliver a presentation!

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is look for the positive visual feedback from your audience, and your confidence will grow.

<= Go back to tip #6: Look for Positive Feedback from Your Audience

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Look for Positive Feedback from Your Audience When You Present

Author: admin, 04/08/16

Most Often, Your Audience is on Your Side

Public speaking tip number six in the 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear series is to look for a friendly face in your audience. Remember that, for the most part, your audience wants you to do well. Your audience is on your side. Your audience wants you to present well. You see, no one want to sit through a boring presentation, so, most often, your audience wants you to be both interesting and entertaining. When you say something that your audience agrees with, you will often see people in your audience slightly nod their heads. When you say something that is funny, folks will politely laugh and smile. These are all positive signs that you are communicating with with your audience.

Avoid Too Much Eye Contact with the “Joy Suckers”.

There will also be people in your audience who don’t want to be there. They are what one of our instructors calls the “Joy Suckers”. He says that these are the people who can suck the joy out of any room. Keep in mind that in a lot of situations, these people are focused on something other than you or your presentation, and their disconnect has nothing to do with you. However, since they will be offering negative visual feedback, they can sometimes throw you off your game when you are presenting. If you focus your attention on the friendly faces, though, you can actually sometimes win the joy suckers over. If you focus on the joy suckers… you will probably struggle with your confidence.

So look for the friendly faces in your audience when you present, and your confidence will grow with each new sentence!

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is look for the positive visual feedback from your audience, and your confidence will grow.

<= Go back to tip #5: Proper Breathing Reduces Public Speaking Fear

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Proper Breathing Reduces Public Speaking Fear

Author: admin, 04/07/16

Take a Few Deep Breaths to Reduce Your Public Speaking Jitters

The fifth public speaking tip in this series is to Take a Few Deep Breaths, because proper breathing can help you reduce public speaking fear. When a speaker gets nervous, his/her heart rate will increase dramatically. This alone is very natural and common. However, if the presenter also begins to breath more shallowly, which is very common, this combination of two symptoms can have challenging consequences. The racing heart causes the oxygen level in your bloodstream to be altered, so when you combine that with shallow breathing, you can actually make yourself light headed. When this happens, the nervousness will increase. This causes a negative-reinforcing cycle that can lead to panic (or even hyperventilation in extreme cases).

There is an easy solution, though. Just pause. Then, take a couple of deep breaths. When you do, you will both calm your heart rate and increase the oxygen saturation in your bloodstream.

Take a Tip from Actors or Athletes

Actors, before going on stage, will often get together and take a few deep breaths in a secluded area back stage. This is done to calm the nerves so that the group performs better. Athletes, before competing, will often focus a lot on their breathing. When I was in high school during power-lifting competitions, the main focus just before the lift was my breathing. Deep breathing calms your nerves, which allows you to think more clearly. So, to avoid the panic from public speaking, make sure and BREATH.

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is, just before you go on stage, take a few deep breaths to calm your heart rate.

<= Go back to tip #4: Show Up for Your Presentation Early

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Show Up to Your Presentation Early

Author: admin, 04/05/16

Arrive Early for Your Presentation to Make Sure Unforeseen Challenges Don’t Develop

Public speaking tip #4 to reduce nervousness is to show up for your presentation early. Even if everything is planned perfectly, it is a whole lot easier to calm your nerves if you are ready to speak long before you go on stage. At times, the agenda will shift where organizers of meetings may want you to start speaking early. (Although, most often, organizers will ask you to speak later because earlier speakers went long.) However, if you are speaking at a venue that you are not familiar with and it takes you some time to find your meeting room or find parking or even find the address (these things are way more common than you might think), it is better to have these struggles an hour before you speak than minutes before you speak.

Give Yourself Time to Test Your Electronics

If you arrive early, you’ll give yourself a chance to test your slideshow and/or microphone. It doesn’t matter how many times that you have connected your laptop to a projector, it is inevitable that the night before your presentation will be the time that your laptop did an automatic software update, or you might realize that you actually needed internet connection (and you don’t have it). This technical glitches are often easy to fix, but if you are trying to fix them 30 seconds before you begin your presentation, your public speaking nervousness with increase pretty dramatically. If you were able to test everything during the break an hour before you speak, though, you will feel much more comfortable when you start speaking.

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is to prepare for things that possibly could go wrong, and show up for your presentation well ahead of time to make sure that you can fix any of these unforeseen challenges.

<= Go back to tip #3: Avoid Memorizing Your Speech Word-for-Word

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Avoid Trying to Memorize Your Speech Word-for-Word

Author: admin, 04/04/16

If You Memorize Your Entire Presentation Word-for-Word, You Will Increase Your Stage Fright!

Many of the things that presenters do to reduce public speaking fear are the exact things that actually CAUSE the fear and anxiety. The biggest culprit in public speaking fear is trying to deliver a memorized speech. Remember from Tip #2, when you try to read a speech, you will likely sound monotone and boring. So presenters will often try to memorize this written speech to fix that problem. However, that logic doesn’t even make sense. Whether you are reading a speech or reciting a memorized speech, your delivery will still likely be forced and monotone. The big challenge, however, is that if you are nervous already… and then you lose your place reciting a memorized speech, panic will set in.

So, you might have started out nervous, but because of the delivery technique, your nervousness INCREASES.

Memorize a Few Key Points Versus the Entire Speech

In the Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class, we show participants how to design entire presentations focused on key points or concepts that are most important to your audience. Then, spend the bulk of your presentation giving examples, stories, analogies, and other “impact ideas” to prove that your points are true. The fantastic thing about this process is that it is incredibly flexible. You can actually easily (and confidently) alter the content of your presentation somewhat as you deliver the speech to better customize the presentation to your audience. This process is so much easier than trying to memorize lines in a presentation or bombarding your audience with a “death by PowerPoint” presentation.

For details about how to develop this delivery style yourself, check out the schedule of upcoming classes on the Fearless Presentations ® class information page.

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this principle is that a memorized speech is not going to be very entertaining or effective for your audience, and it is likely to cause your public speaking fear to increase.

<= Go back to tip #2: Never Write Out a Presentation Word-for-Word

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Never Write out a Presentation Word-for-Word

Author: admin, 04/03/16

If You Make Too Many Presentations Notes (Or Bullet Points) You Will Likely Read Your Presentation

Most people feel like when they prepare a speech, they should write the entire thing out word-for-word so they are more clear. They want to better organize their thoughts. That is a HUGE presentation mistake. When you write a speech word-for-word, or even if you just put lots of bullet points into your PowerPoint presentation so you don’t miss anything, you will most likely fall into the presentation trap where you read your speech to your audience. Think about it, if your audience could get the gist of your presentation by reading your PowerPoint slides, why do they need you as the speaker?

Presenters who read their entire presentations to their audiences are almost always BORING. In fact, if you eliminate this bad habit from your preparation, you’ll make your delivery so much easier and your presentation so much more enjoyable to listen to.

There is a Better (and Easier) Way!

In the Fearless Presentations ® class, we show presenters a much, much easier way to design entire presentations from scratch in just a few minutes versus hours (or days). The technique that we use is time tested and has worked for thousands of Fearless Presentations ® graduates around the world. For details about this technique, visit our class information page at https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/public-speaking-course.

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about tip #2 is that the way that you prepare for your speech can either add nervousness or reduce nervousness. Never write your speech word-for-word, and you can eliminate a lot of this public speaking fear very quickly.

<= Go back to tip #1: Most of the Nervousness Can’t be Seen by the Audience

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Realize that Most of the Nervousness that You Feel Can’t be Seen by the Audience

Author: admin,

Most of the Nervousness that You Feel Can’t Be Seen By the Audience

The good news about public speaking fear is that most of the symptoms of nervousness are things that the audience will never see anyway. Yes, some symptoms of nervousness can be seen, but most of them are things that a presenter feels but is transparent to the audience. Below are a few symptoms these symptoms.

  • Sweaty Palms.
  • Butterflies in the stomach.
  • Racing heart.
  • Shaky Hands.
  • Queasiness.
  • Flushed Face.
  • Losing Your Train of Thought (Depending on how you recover).
  • Shallow Breathing

Looking at the list above, these are all things that are very real. We certainly feel them when we are nervous speaking. However, they are things that are actually very difficult to see. Because of this, many presenters feel like they are the only nervous speakers in the world, because everyone else that they watch give presentations does so well. The big secret is, though, that the other speakers are probably just as nervous as you are (if not more). That is unless they have already been through a Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class, that is.

Another great thing to realize is that the symptoms of public speaking fear that are easily seen, like speaking quickly and moving around more, are actually the same symptoms of enthusiasm. When speakers are excited or enthusiastic about something, they speak faster. They also move around more. So, sometimes that faster speech and those nervous ticks can be seen by your audience as a positive. In fact, one of the things that our instructors show our class members how to do is use their nervousness to their advantage.

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute video with all 10 public speaking tips. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about tip #1 is that although you feel nervous, most ever other speaker does as well. You are not alone! So, now let’s help you reduce that nervousness!

Go to tip #2: Never Write out a Presentation Word-for-Word

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