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How to rock the stage - public speaking and presentation skills you can master

How many times have you had to sit through a boring presentation?

How to rock the stage is a guide to help you make your presentations more interesting while teaching you the confidence skills you need to get up and give a public talk whether it be to an audience of two or two thousand.

Dr James Whittaker, Distinguished Engineer from Microsoft and Dr. Michelle Dickinson, Materials Engineer from The University of Auckland and winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communications prize are polar opposites. One an introvert, one an extrovert, one very comfortable on the stage, the other not, yet they both give public talks often and tackle their preparation differently.

In this one hour talk, they give their secrets for how to improve your public speaking skills based on their experience and address the difference between both male and females, introverts and extroverts.

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 - Full Speech

A speech that changed my Life. The full version of the winning speech !
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TED's secret to great public speaking | Chris Anderson

There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED Curator Chris Anderson shares this secret — along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading?

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Looking for public speaking tips? Learn five ways to help ensure your next speech is a success.

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Public Speaking Fears

If you think that you are alone in your public speaking fears, get ready to be disillusioned. It has been confirmed by several surveys that the fear of speaking in public ranks very high among the most common universal fears. In fact it is the number one fear of people in several parts of the world. You are in good company after all!

Like the fear of death, fear of public speaking has no barriers of race, region or religion. Perhaps, I shouldn't be comparing the fear of death to fear of speaking, because fear of death ranks only second. This can be interpreted to mean that given the choice, one will rather choose death over a public speaking task!

The realization that you are not alone in suffering from the fear of speaking in public and that you have the backing of the whole world should be comforting! After all, you are not alone, afraid even to disclose your fears.

As you are feeling comfortable and relaxed, I can enhance your feeling of relaxation with another axiom. If you are relaxed, it means that you are free from any anxiety and fear. Relaxation is the antithesis of fear, because fear and relaxation cannot exist at the same time. This means that you have already begun to rid yourself of the fear of speaking in public! You may protest saying that you are not in a situation of public speaking now. Very True.

What is also true is that there is nothing like a 'public speaking situation!' If you are capable of speaking to one person without any fear (exclude your boss for the present! We will rope him/her in later!!), you can speak to 10000 people. In fact, speaking to 10000 people has an advantage over speaking to one person. One obvious advantage is that none of them is going to talk back to you! Focusing on this one advantage alone can help drive out your public speaking fears.

The author is a trainer in Public Speaking. Public Speaking fears can be overcome only by practicing but it will take some time.

Here's a talk to bid adieu to the fear of not just public speaking, but of any cause of fear and anxiety in life.

Animesh Gupta is an International Corporate Trainer and Personality Coach with a special expertise in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). As a trainer, Animesh has been recognized for creating and modifying the belief systems to stimulate the trainees’ long-term efficiency and motivation.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking -- There are Many Ways

Public Speaking - There Are Many Ways

Motivated by the Fear of Public Speaking

Although I had a clear vision for my public speaking career when I started twenty years ago,  I was still very anxious about speaking in public for several years.

I joined Toastmasters because my Father was a Toastmaster and developed excellent speaking skills. 

Toastmasters gave me the confidence to overcome my fear of public speaking, but it is not the only way to do it

How one man overcame his fear of public speaking

I came across this brief but rather personal story about an accountant who overcame his fear of public speaking...his way.

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Preoccupations: Speaking in Public: How I Conquered the Fear

I, meanwhile, had always shied away from public speaking. Before we started the organization, in fact, I thought I'd better get some practice — but my first talk around that time, in front of group of 200 professional advisers for ...

There are many ways to overcome the fear of public speaking, they all  have one thing in have to do it to overcome it.

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Public Speaking - Do You Have a Clearly Defined Subject?

This may sound like an elementary question, but you would be surprised how many speakers try to prepare a talk before clearly defining their subject.Often, a presenter can give you a general idea of their topic, but not a specific one; it is this absence of a clearly defined subject that is the root cause of many subsequent problems.

Here are just two.

First, a fuzzy subject makes doing research difficult and, therefore, much more time consuming.

Second, it creates confusion when you are trying to determine the goal of your presentation.

Developing a clearly defined subject is so important that Chapter 3 is devoted entirely to this topic. For now, suffice it to say that the sooner you know the subject of your talk, the better.

Once you decide on a subject, make sure you can say it in simple terms. Speakers should be able to articulate clearly the reason for their talk in just a few words. Below are some pithy titles that leave little need for explanation. They pack a punch and make the subject matter clear to the casual observer: (more…)

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Using Humor In Public Speaking

It has been said that public speaking is more frightening to the average person than violence, natural catastrophe or death. However, public speaking need not cause such trepidation.

As with many of the bolder, more "extreme" activities in life- be it dangerous sports, riding on a roller coasters or partaking in the performing arts- once an individual has "broken the ice," gained experience and felt the rush of adrenalin brought upon by the activity- what was once terrifying and nearly unthinkable is suddenly pleasurable, immensely satisfying, even addictive.

Whether you have to deliver a speech, presentation or other type of address, one of the keys to happy and successful public speaking is gathering up one's nerve, taking that first leap and just doing it! But that first attempt will yield greater results and feel less scary if the first time speaker is prepared in terms of approach, attitude and delivery, and armed with the best, most appropriate and effective words to speak.

And one of the key elements in many effective speeches is humor. Human beings love to experience the release that humor offers- the unexpected twist, the totally different perspective in looking at an issue or problem, the light comedic take on a serious issue or problem. Why deliver a plain, regular, predictable speech, when you can deliver a funny speech? Funny usually equals more entertaining and more memorable.

If the speech is about highly technical matters- be it for a specific company, industry or field of interest- the speaker can get appropriate and appreciated laughs by making fun of the technical terms- or jargon- employed by the members of the group. Perhaps the group members employ an "alphabet soup" of acronyms for things. Good comedy undoubtedly will come out of that, as well as other "insider" terms and concepts. Individuals involved in a specific scene or milieu love hearing irreverent or mocking comments having to do with their special "world." Whether your group is bankers, bottle cap manufacturers or spotted moth enthusiasts, they will greatly appreciate and heartily laugh at well-constructed jokes referencing their area of work, interest or expertise. (more…)

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Public Speaking Tips : How to Close a Public Speech

Learn great closing remarks to make in public speaking from a professional public speaker. Expert: Scott Ginsberg Contact: Bio: Scott Ginsberg is an author of five books, a professional speaker, and the only person in the world who wears a name tag 24-7 to make people friendlier. Filmmaker: Ross Safronoff

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Invitation to Public Speaking

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INVITATION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING, 3e, was designed to provide you with solid public speaking skills that will serve you well in the classroom and far beyond.

This text shows you the power and importance of public speaking in your life as well as in the community.

The author, who is a public speaking professor, takes time to teach you the "how" of speaking skills while also explaining "why" certain things must be done in a speech--and "why" you would want to speak publi... More >>

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Public Speaking Tips: How to Prepare a Public Speech

Learn how to prepare for public speaking engagements in this free video lesson from a professional public speaker. Expert: Scott Ginsberg Contact: Bio:

Scott Ginsberg is an author of five books, a professional speaker, and the only person in the world who wears a name Learn how to prepare for public speaking engagements in this free video lesson from a professional public speaker.

Expert: Scott Ginsberg Contact:

Bio: Scott Ginsberg is an author of five books, a professional speaker, and the only person in the world who wears a name tag 24-7 to make people friendlier. Filmmaker: Ross Safronoff

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Public Speaking for College and Career

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The third edition of this public speaking text focuses on the career and community applications of speech-making. It aims to give students a thorough grounding in the speech preparation process, offering three separate chapters on the critical steps of organizing and outlining.

Updated sample speeches and outlines include annotations to illustrate key concepts. This edition brings a greater emphasis on ethics, audience adaptation, and credibility, plus a fuller trea... More >>

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