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Custom Executive Speaker Training has Fantastic Return on Investment

Author: admin, 01/22/17

Executive Speaker TrainingA common business challenge for trainers and human resource executives is how to conduct executive speaker training without blowing your company’s entire education budget. Your executives are the faces of your company, so when they present their ideas effectively and with poise, your organization benefits. However, if your executives deliver dry and boring speeches the negative PR can be very detrimental. Polished and succinct executive speeches will be welcomed. Dull and confusing presentations, though, tend to flop. These challenges can be intensified at annual meetings and conventions where the executive have a major role.

Options for Executive Speaker Training

This particular challenge has a few distinct obstacles. The first of which is that if you have noticed that a few of your executives need additional speaker training or coaching, it can be a little uncomfortable to tell them. In addition, there aren’t a lot of good options available to fix the challenge. At this level of presenting, toasting clubs, YouTube videos, and eBooks aren’t going to work. So, our instructors have compiled a list a few common options that you have along with the pros and cons of each.

1) One-on-One Executive Speech Coaching.

The most common solution that human resources or training executive offer in these situations is one-on-one coaching for the executive. The inherit obstacle here, though, is that the executive may think that you are singling him or her out, or that you are drawing attention to an obvious weakness for some type of personal advantage. So, this option must be used judicially and tactfully. In addition, the coaching may be very expensive to your organization. Finally, because the coaching is one-on-one, the executive may not receive a lot of practical real-life practice using the new skills, so the content of the coaching may be quickly forgotten.

2) Sending the Executive to a Speaking Course.

Another common option is to send the executive to a speaking course — outside of the organization. One of the advantages of this option is that the executive will be able to see presenters from other companies and industries to see what others are doing. The executive also gets to grow and build the skill without having employees or people who report to him or her see the work product along the way.

By the way, as person who owns a company that teaches these types of classes, I love this option. In fact, one of the reasons that my company has grown so much in the last decade is that we, quite often, have executives from big companies go through our public classes, and they get so much benefit from the program, that they end up sending hundreds of their employees through our classes over the years. However, not to shoot myself in the foot, I’d like to admit that this option also has a few obstacles. Open enrollment public speaking classes can’t be tailored like private classes can. So, although public classes have fantastic benefits, they may not address every possible challenge that the executive may be facing, or they may cover material that isn’t pertinent. Also, if you end up recommending a class to an executive, and if the class doesn’t work, the executive will hold you responsible for wasting his or her time.

3) Custom Executive Speaker Training

That is why many training executives and human resource directors love to create and deliver custom executive speaker training programs. There are a number of great advantages to this type of executive training.

  • Training groups of executives together avoids singling out any one executive that needs particular help.
  • Because the training is customized, it is specifically created for the needs of these particular executives.
  • Saves the executives’ time and your training budget.
  • Improves communication between the executives, so everyone is on the same page.
  • Skills developed are reinforced because the executives tend to coach each other after the training.
  • Since your executives are the role-models for your organization, the techniques and processes that they use after this type of program are picked up by their direct reports. Before too long, your organization is transformed in a positive way.

As technology changes, an executive’s ability to communicate well with poise and confidence is becoming even more important to success. You want to create a team of executives who are viewed by your associates and your customers as confident leaders. A custom executive speaker training program is an easy way to create that perception.


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Employee Public Speaking Workshops: A Solid Investment?

Author: admin, 10/04/16

employee-public-speaking-workshopsEmployee public speaking workshops can be a fantastically positive investment for your company. Communication is at the crux of all functions in today’s workplace. Some may think that the value of face-to-face communication has been diminished with the rise of the email, instant message, and emoji; but the truth is, face to face communication, and especially public speaking, has never been more valuable than now. Persuasive, well-versed teams leave a substantially better impression on potential and current clients and customers. Besides this, effective public speaking can also improve your employees’ confidence and internal communication with one another.

How Public Speaking Affects Your Bottom Line

Most public speaking workshops for your employees will obviously come with a cost. However, it’s important to think about the potential return on this investment in your employees’ abilities. There are several ways that a public speaking workshop can affect your bottom line and pay for itself many times over.

Enhanced speaking skills can have drastic positive effects on your sales. Understanding how to communicate a message in the most successful way is at the heart of effective salesmanship. According to HBR, the employees most effective at generating new business for your company are the ones that can tailor their communication to the customer, take control, and disseminate information concisely and effectively. All these areas are influenced by increasing employees’ public speaking abilities.

It’s often said that one of leaders’ main jobs is training their replacement, meaning that they should be actively choosing and grooming the next leaders to ensure the company will remain sustainable and successful long after their legacy has ended. Public speaking workshops are a great way to identify these key players and train them in the motivating, persuasive, and professional speech tactics necessary for leadership positions.

People often pay a private speech coach several hundred of dollars an hour. Putting together a professional development activity for your whole team reaps the same benefits as private lessons at a much lower cost. Additionally, workshops that are open to the public may come at a lower cost, but are forced to operate at the lowest common denominator of the group. A workshop tailored to your team’s specific needs will deliver the most bang for your buck.

Why Public Speaking Workshops Make Sense

Workshops put on by trained professionals are one of the most effective ways to enhance your employees’ public speaking skills.

First, professional speech workshops can help fine-tune verbal and nonverbal communication for your team. Most people haven’t received any kind of formal public speaking training, so a workshop may be the first time they are receiving professional feedback. People often don’t realize they have certain bad habits like twirling their hair, saying “uhm” or “like” as a filler, or shifting their feet when they speak until they are in a workshop setting, particularly if the workshop videos each person as they speak.

Workshops also help build morale and employee confidence in their skills. Most people are dissatisfied with their ability to speak in front of crowds and will shy away from opportunities to present publicly. Workshops strengthen employees’ beliefs in their own abilities, building self-assurance that will lead to them seeking out chances to use their newfound skills.

Employees are increasingly looking to build their skills and learn new things from their careers. They expect their employers to invest in their professional development, especially the Millennial generation. Holding a public speaking workshop will show that you care about your employees and their career progression, increasing employee happiness and retention.

The rise of electronic communication should be seen as a reason for the promotion of public speaking, not the downfall. Workshops to improve effective public communication are a key investment in your employees, and as a result, in the future and growth of your company.

You can have Michelle or another Leader’s Institute ® instructor come to your location and teach a custom employee public speaking workshop! Click here for details:


Michelle Riklan is president of Riklan Resources and an instructor for The Leader’s Institute® in the Northeast region. She is based in Trenton, NJ but she also teaches in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other Northeast cities.


Is the Art of Public Speaking Lost on Millennials?

Author: admin, 09/15/16

Art of Public Speaking Lost on MillennialsOlder generations sometimes lump the entire next-generation into a stereotypical group. For instance, you’ve likely heard the negative stereotypes about Millennials: they are lazy, entitled, late-bloomers… the list goes on. However, there are also positive traits that many Millennials share that make them an asset in the workplace, including their teamwork skills, efficiency, and desire for career and professional development. This is why it is surprising that Millennials shy away from public speaking and don’t value it as a finely tuned art, necessary for career success. Most of the time, speech class in college is dreaded – or in best-case scenarios, it is seen as a chore. Why?

Breaking down Millennials and public speaking

One reason Millennials do not value public speaking is the rise of technology-fueled communication. Instant message systems like Slack are typically more emoji than art. Millennials often prefer text messaging to face-to-face interactions; because of this, body language cues are often lost on them, and result in miscommunications.

Because of their technologically connected world, Millennials may see plain old-fashioned public speaking as an outdated method of communication. Many Millennials are used to viewing Slideshares, reading articles, or watching YouTube videos to receive and process information – not listening to speakers.

As mentioned before, Millennials are team-oriented beings. They thrive in groups, and were taught in cooperative learning situations in school. Public speaking is inherently not a group activity that encourages much socialization – therefore, it may not be a skill they naturally gravitate to.

Finally, Millennials thrive when given consistent, public, positive feedback. Most grew up in environments where they received trophies just for participating, and may carry over this mindset to the workplace. They need to continue to feel valuable in every situation and see how it contributes to their overall growth.

When presented with the idea of public speaking, Millennials think of stodgy men in suits stoically memorizing a speech and practicing it in front of a mirror. This doesn’t exactly fit with their vision of praise, collaboration, consistent feedback, and heroic contributions.

The truth is, public speaking is much more than rehearsing in front of a mirror – it is an integral skill to learn for professional success. Public speaking can put you in front of the right audience, get you noticed by important connections, and allow you to spread your message to an attentive group.

How to get Millennials to value public speaking

To engage the younger generation in the art of public speaking, it is time to change the stigma surrounding the practice and show the clear benefits it can have on Millennials’ careers.

Most successful people in business and leadership positions are fantastic public speakers. Why? They are recognized by their bosses for their excellent communication skills. Millennials value promotions, titles, and being given more responsibility (especially when it’s in public), so touting this fact will garner more interest.

To break the stereotype of sitting in solitude, staring into a mirror and practicing a speech, we should be spreading awareness of new techniques for preparation. Millennials can invite their family and friends to help them practice, making rehearsal into more of a social gathering.

Millennials can also appeal to their interest in technology by practicing to their iPad and recording it so they can study their inflection and hand movements. By doing this, they can compare their performance and gestures to their favorite performers, TED speakers, and YouTube stars.

Though Millennials may have forgotten the lost art of public speaking, they can help regain it through reframing it in terms of the social and technological constructs they’re familiar with and reap its benefits for their professions.

4 of The Most Common Public Speaking Myths Debunked

Author: admin, 07/25/16

Public Speaking Myths DebunkedMyths – or any type of untrue information – can spark unfounded fear and confusion in many situations. The same is true with public speaking. Public speaking myths are a twice as damaging. Many people assume that if they’re not a natural-born speaker, get butterflies before speeches, or don’t use professional speech-writers, they can’t successfully speak publicly. That’s why below, we’ll bust several commonly-held pieces of folklore about public speaking that have long held people back when it comes to realizing their full potential. Below are a few of the biggest public speaking myths, and we will try and debunk them all.

4 Public Speaking Myths — Debunked

  1. 1) You have to memorize your speech. In fact, memorizing every single word and phrase of your speech can cause you to come across as stilted or boring, and can cause you to trip up if you’re searching for the precise phrasing included in your draft. Instead, try breaking up your speech into chunks and memorizing the main theme or idea of each one, says Rob Biesenbach, Author of “11 Deadly Presentation Sins.” If you internalize the core tenants of your speech, you will never rehearse it in the same way – which is a good thing. Memorizing important parts of your speech, like the introduction and conclusion, along with internalizing the core parts of your speech, will allow you to come across more authentically and personally.
  2. 2) If you’re a good public speaker, you won’t be nervous. Even the most well-spoken and experienced speakers still get butterflies before they take the stage. Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal explained how to make this kind of stress your friend by viewing the pre-speech rush of adrenaline as empowering instead of anxiety-inducing. This adrenaline rush will provide a heightened sense of awareness, and ensure that you’re truly passionate about what you’re speaking about. However, public speakers should take a few deep, calming breaths before the stage to harness their creative energy. Remember that apprehension isn’t a sign of under-preparation – it can be used to create an even more powerful connection with your audience.
  3. 3) Good speeches are all about the writing. Communication through body language has become a hot topic of conversation for the past few years, and with good reason. According to Toastmasters, the best public speeches and TED talks are actually movement-based. The best speakers walk around the stage, working the crowd and adding in hand gestures to create texture and context to the talk. This level of familiarity in front of a crowd takes time, so adopt a “fake it until you make it” approach until you get more comfortable adding movement into your speeches. Purposefully plan the areas where you can add hand motions to emphasize a point, or walk among the crowd to make a personal connection.
  4. 4) A knack for public speaking is just a talent people are born with. When it comes down to it, no one is a “natural” public speaker. Even extroverted people that derive their energy from being in front of and among others don’t actually have a public speaking advantage over introverts. Great public speaking requires more than just a loud voice and a charismatic personality – it requires knowing and playing to your strengths, and not letting your perceived weaknesses get in the way. Any person that is perceived to be a “natural” public speaker came to be that way through practice and hard work – even introverts. These types of people shouldn’t try to imitate high-energy, extroverted speakers like Tony Robbins, but should instead approach speeches thoughtfully and at their own pace.

In conclusion, anyone can become a fantastic public speaker if they set aside these myths and put in the time, practice, and dedication needed to overcome their insecurities.

In a Hurry? Here’s How to Memorize Your Speech in Less than 60 Minutes

Author: admin, 07/14/16

How to Memorize your speechWhatever your vocation, you’ll likely find yourself in front of a crowd at some point. And whether you’re a spokesperson, a motivational speaker, an athlete, an entrepreneur, a CEO, or simply a student, you’re a busy person, with more things to do than to sit there and memorize the lines for a speech or presentation. Take heart! The best speeches aren’t memorized line by line, but learned. Most people can tell when you’re reciting a speech from memory, rather than speaking about a subject you know thoroughly. That’s because when you deliver a speech you know inside and out, you sound more interested. There are inflections in your voice, and you’re not staring at your notes, so you’re freed up to make eye contact with your audience. You’d be a far better speaker than someone who is rattling off lines they’ve committed to memory.

We’ve got some great tips about how to memorize your speech on a tight timeline.

1) Don’t Memorize a Speech – Learn an Outline

Instead of learning eight pages of notes, which is impossible for most people in such a short period of time, commit to learning your speech’s outline.

Write down points that you absolutely have to cover, in the order that you cover them, and commit that to memory instead. A common outline is introduction – supporting point 1—supporting point 2—conclusion. For business presentations, the common outline is: identifying the problem—presenting the solution—benefit 1—benefit 2—call to action.

This is where knowing your subject comes in. You can talk around the points you have to cover, filling in the gaps and bridging the subjects with anecdotes, examples, and related stories. It’s far more natural-sounding this way.

2) Assign Mental Pictures for Each Point You Write Down

This is a great technique if your short-term memory isn’t that good, or you keep forgetting a specific part of your speech.

Dissect the section of the speech you’re stuck in, and imagine a scene or object that somewhat resembles it. For instance, if you’re speaking about animal health, and you want to talk about dogs, and then cats, don’t remember the words – try picturing a dog standing next to a cat. Why? It’s easier to remember images than words.

Next time you’re reciting the speech, you might get stuck in the same topic again. What do you think will happen when you try to recall what’s next? You’ll probably see images of cats and dogs in your head, and that’s when your brain will start connecting the dots.

3) Map it Out in Your Memory Palace

This is the same principle used when memorizing a deck of cards. Basically, you picture a room then associate each item in that room with a particular card, to help you recall them.

Now, pick a location you can easily remember in great detail. It could be your bedroom, kitchen, or even your closet. Then create a logical ‘route,’ based on which objects you see first. For example, what are the objects you’ll see on the walk from your bedroom door to your bed?

After deciding on a route, imagine taking that route and focusing on the items AND the order you see them. Using the bedroom example, when you open the door, you enter and see your desk and laptop in front, and on the left side you see a bedside table and a lamp. Next to the bedside table is your bed.

Now you can use the outline of your presentation to make visual associations with items in your memory palace. Don’t worry if the associations are weird, or outlandish, as that will actually help you recall them faster. The important thing is that the object and topic associations are in the same chronological order as the items you see using your chosen route.

Keep Picturing until it Sticks

Let yourself get comfortable with your speech’s outline and image associations. Now, when you get up on stage, you won’t be struggling to remember words on a page. All you have to do is picture those objects, which represent your ideas and points, inside that room. Only thing you have to do now is imagine yourself opening the door to that room.

How to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear

Author: admin, 06/27/16

How Do You Actually Eliminate Public Speaking Fear… For Good? 5 Easy Steps to Eliminate the Fear of Public Speaking

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Voice

Author: admin, 05/27/16

Public Speaking VoiceAt a public speaking workshop, the instructor-facilitator puts identical copies of a speech in front of two people. The first person is a long time, experienced public speaker. The second is an executive who hopes to improve his public speaking skills. Neither person has seen the speech before, but they’re each given 15 minutes to prepare before presenting in front of the group. The first person delivers the speech with flourish. She’s engaging, barely looks at her notes, and every person in the room is captivated, laughs at the funny parts and enjoys her personal anecdotes. The second person, a man who has just been appointed vice-president of a company, is here at the meeting because he wants to learn how to be a better speaker. When he gives the speech, the difference between his presentation and the first speaker’s is palpable. He looks at his notes a lot, shuffles his feet, doesn’t make eye contact, and is generally nervous. We’re sorry to say that before long, he has lost the attention of many of the people in the room.

As a speaker, your voice and your presence are everything. Of course, the words matter, but it’s really your voice, your gestures, and the way you conduct yourself that makes or breaks the speech. Below are…

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Voice

  1. Listen to the Sound of Your Own Voice – Before you begin, you need to assess your voice. Get a digital recorder and record yourself giving a short speech. As painful or embarrassing as it might be, play the recording back, and listen critically to your voice and your delivery. Are you rushing? Are you too high-pitched? If necessary, play the recording for a voice coach or an objective friend, and ask for their opinion.
  2. Slow Down and Take Time to Enunciate – Have you ever heard someone rush through a story? Even if it’s unintentional, the person might sound nervous, or panicky. Next time you speak, listen to yourself. You’re more likely to speak quickly when you’re nervous, or if you’re reading off a sheet. But when you slow down, you’re able to project your voice and enunciate. Slow, deliberate speaking conveys authority, confidence, and invites people to savour and absorb what you’re saying.
  3. Work those Vocal Chords – Just like your arms, legs and stomach muscles need exercise; your vocal chords do, too. With vocalization exercises, you can improve the pitch of your voice – make it less shrilly and thin. You can also improve your voice’s volume and duration so you can go through an entire talk without looking like you ran a marathon. Vocalization exercises can be as simple as opening your mouth wide to exercise the muscles, or breathing deeply and exhaling as if you’re whispering or hissing.
  4. Pause for Thought – Can you imagine the Godfather rushing his words so much that his voice shakes, his speech stutters and his words all come out in a jumble? Neither can we. I want you to speak like the Godfather, or at least aim for that vocal clarity. This man doesn’t rush for anyone, and neither do you. Don’t rush your words, and before you jump from one paragraph into the next, give a healthy pause, so that your audience can process what you are saying.
  5. Take Care of Yourself – What’s the use of all the prep work you did if you’re too sleepy to give a good presentation? Before a big talk, get a good night’s sleep, eat something so you don’t get the shakes, and treat your vocal chords well. If you’re prone to getting hoarse after speeches, soothe your throat with honey and hot water, and as silly as this sounds, stretch your mouth, tongue and put a little dab of Vaseline on your teeth to prevent your lips from sticking to them when you get nervous.

The real secret to Improve Your Public Speaking Voice is to gain lots of self-confidence when you speak. The 2-Day Fearless Presentations ® class is a fantastic way to do that! Call us or visit the information page for details!

Routine: The Key to Effective Public Speaking?

Author: admin, 05/26/16

Key to Effective Public SpeakingWhat to know a real secret about public speaking success? The real key to effective public speaking is to establish a comfortable routine. It’s a commonly-known fact that public speaking is a wider-held fear than death. Being afraid of public speaking is so common that it’s almost a cliché. But why? It’s not because people aren’t picturing the audience in their underwear. Most often, it’s because of a lack of preparation. The most beneficial kind of preparation isn’t rehearsing your speech over and over again in front of a mirror. (That can actually counter-productive.) In fact, the preparation that will give you the most value prior to speaking publicly can take less than ten minutes. It’s called mental preparation, and the key to being mentally prepared for public speaking is routine.

Mental Preparation is a Key to Effective Public Speaking

Why Routine is Beneficial

Many successful comedians, athletes, and actors have a go-to routine before they perform. Whether it’s wearing a pair of lucky socks or a certain verbal exercise, these people never forget to do the thing that will ensure their success.

Routine is just that – routine. After you establish one, it becomes comfortable and familiar, which help you gain the confidence you need to excel in your speaking gig.

Routine also helps us attempt to “control” the situation. One of the reasons people fear public speaking is that they feel out of control of themselves, their surroundings, and the audience’s reaction. Having a set of actions or exercises to do ahead of time is controllable and will help you get in the right mental state.

In a way, routine also makes you feel successful. Chances are, if you’re asked to speak publicly, you are somewhat successful in an area of your life. Routine helps you remember this, reinforcing your determination and stick-to-it-iveness. Your public speaking routine makes you feel disciplined, focused, and prepared.

Different Types of Public Speaking Routines

Every speaker prepares in his or her own way, and it’s important for you to find the routine that works specifically for you. However, the following are a few potential routines you can adopt into your life that will address common fears of public speaking and increase your confidence before your big speech.

  • Vocal exercises can be immensely beneficial for making sure your voice is in tip-top shape. Hum, sing in different pitches, and vocalize from your diaphragm to help warm up your speaking voice.
  • Put yourself in the audience’s shoes. Sit in different parts of the room to look from the different perspectives of how the spectators will see you, which will help put you at ease and ease you into the right mindset for addressing your audience.
  • Repeat your opening line a few times to make sure your phrasing, intonation, and pauses are correct. Once you feel confident in your opening statement, may confident about the rest of the speech as well.
  • It may sound cheesy, but as your audience begins to take their seats, mentally send them good vibes. Think good thoughts like “I’m glad you’re here” and “I hope you get something out of this speech.” This will reinforce an optimistic mentality, and makes sure that you’re thinking about the audience instead of yourself. Not thinking about their audience’s needs and perspectives is one of the biggest mistakes that public speakers make.
  • Raise your energy by doing something you love. It could be something as easy as eating a piece of chocolate, psyching yourself up with a motivational mantra, getting in some exercise that morning, or having a call with a supportive friend/colleague.

Mental preparation is a key to effective public speaking. It can have huge benefits for your public speaking confidence, and just adopting one simple ten-minute routine can be valuable for easing your fears. You may still have butterflies before your public speech, but by implementing a quick routine into your preparation, you (and your audience) will find that you’re more calm and confident before taking the stage.

How Presenters can Deliver Bad News with Poise

Author: admin, 05/06/16

Presenters can deliver bad newsPublic speaking can be difficult at the best of times. It’s hard for some people to overcome the nervousness involved with speaking in front of a roomful of people, as well as making sure that your voice is clear enough and loud enough that people at the very back can hear what you’re saying. Then there’s also the matter of knowing your subject well enough that you can speak off the cuff about it if something were to happen to your notes. To top it all off, you’re expected to readily answer questions from the audience during the Q&A period. All of these things are tough. But it’s even tougher when you’re going to deliver bad news. In public. Despite the difficulty of this task, it can be done, and done with grace. (By the way, if you relate to any of these situations, make sure to check out the Fearless Presentations ® upcoming class schedule. We can help!) These tips show how presenters can deliver bad news with poise.

How Presenters can Deliver Bad News, and Not Get Attacked by a Mob

Allow Yourself to Get Used to it Before the Announcement

Whether you’re delivering news about a death or layoffs within a company, you need time to accept what’s happening before you deliver a speech. You don’t want to be emotional during the announcement, right?
The audience relies on you to set the tone of how they are supposed to feel, so be strong. Go over the notes thoroughly, and give yourself time to let the idea soak in. Then take a deep breath and try to be objective, and not overly emotional. It’s fine – even good – to be sympathetic, but you don’t want to be breaking down at the podium. That’s just not professional.

Pay Attention to the Room’s Atmosphere

You need to be a good judge of how the people in the room, your audience, are feeling about the subject. If everyone is broken up, you will need to be more sympathetic. If people are angry and look ready to riot over the news, you need to temper your speech to keep their emotions under control. Choose your language carefully – don’t use inflammatory words, and keep everything as neutral as possible.

Be Ready to Answer Questions, and Identify Possible Solutions

This all goes back to knowing your material inside and out before you start. Know the bad news, the reason behind it, who’s affected, and then a little more on top of that.

When the news is bad, people will have questions. It’s inevitable. They will want to know how the issue affects them, what happens next, if they’re in any danger, and the list goes on. Write down a list of possible questions the audience might have, and identify possible solutions to their problems.

Look on the Bright Side of Things

After getting bad news, people need to see the bright side to keep on going. It’s your job to close the speech with a silver lining (although you might really have to look for this one) so that you don’t end your speech on a note of doom and gloom.

Even if it’s only “management is doing everything we can to rectify the situation so that nothing similar to this ever occurs again” or, “we have to comfort each other in this time of sadness,” people need to know that something is being done on their behalf.

Again, it’s not easy to deliver bad news, but with practice and empathy, you can do it successfully. After all, someone has to be the messenger, and it’s best that someone with training, poise and control do it. Are you up to the challenge?

10 Easy Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Public Speaking Fear

Author: admin, 05/01/16

Reduce Public Speaking Fear

Since we first started offering the Fearless Presentations ® classes in 2001, the most common question that participants have for our public speaking coaches is, “How do I eliminate public speaking fear?” Stage fright is one of those challenges that can develop in an instant as a result of a negative experience in front of a group, and it can take a while to overcome… Unless you get help from an expert. You see, public speaking is a skill that anyone can develop, and once you know a few tips and techniques, it is actually pretty easy. This short video series is designed to help you increase your self-confidence when you stand up to present your ideas.

We suggest that you view each of the 10 individual public speaking tips in one sitting, and then come back to them one at a time in the future. That way, you get reinforcement of each presentation tip over and over. Of course, if you want to be able to implement these tips in a short period of time, make sure and register for one of our in-person public speaking classes. We schedule a class every couple of months in major cities all over the world!

10 Ways to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear

  1. Realize that Most of the Nervousness that You Feel Can’t be Seen by the Audience
  2. Never Write out a Presentation Word-for-Word
  3. Avoid Trying to Memorize Your Speech Word-for-Word
  4. Show Up to Your Presentation Early
  5. Proper Breathing will Reduce Public Speaking Fear
  6. Look for Positive Feedback from Your Audience When You Present
  7. What Do I Do with My Hands When I give a Speech?
  8. Design Your Presentations about Topics About Which You Are an Expert
  9. Enthusiasm is the Secret to Fantastic Presentations
  10. Practice Your Presentation with a Friend or Colleague

If you are ready to begin, start with Tip #1: Realize that Most of the Nervousness that You Feel Can’t be Seen by the Audience

You Can Eliminate Public Speaking Fear

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