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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 ...

http://firstbusinessnews.net/preoccupations-speaking-in-public-how-i-conquered-the-fear/

There are many ways to overcome the fear of public speaking, they all  have one thing in common...you 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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Public Speaking Tips : How to Use Openers in Public Speaking



Learn the different ways you can begin a public speech in this free video lesson from a professional public speaker. Expert: Scott Ginsberg Contact: www.himynameisscott.com 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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Online Public Speaking Workshop: How to Give a Speech Sitting Down



Learn tips for speaking while sitting down at a table with expert public oration tips in this free online public speaking video clip.

Expert: Don Varney Bio: Don Varney was one of the first 33 members of the US Air Force to receive the Professional Performer Award, an award created in 1974 to honor excellence in the Air Force. Filmmaker: Mark Sullivan

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Public Speaking Training Can Really Help your Business

Did you know that the most successful companies have professional speakers in key positions or are the head of the company? Have you ever seen Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Donald Trump do a presentation? These are just some of the speakers that have pushed their companies through the corporate roof.

Are they winging it? No. In fact, most successful people know that to really stand out in business you have to be able to stand up in front of and audience and extol the virtues of your company. That takes serious presentation and public speaking skills.

And, for those skills you need to go to a professional. Unfortunately there are not that many professional public speaking trainers around to give you the information you need. So, it’s likely that you’ll have to do a little bit of travel to find a course that will teach you exactly what you need to know.

So, what will these professional trainers teach you? What are the skills necessary for excellent presentations? First and foremost the good public speaking trainers will teach you how to enroll and engage an audience. That means; keeping their attention focused 100% of the time. If they’re daydreaming, sleeping or talking to their neighbor they can’t possibly be paying attention to what you’re saying. (more…)

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Public Speaking: How To Introduce Other Speakers

Many clubs and organizations rotate the important role of introducing other speakers at their meetings. If you are relatively inexperienced at public speaking this is a great opportunity to practice and build your confidence.

When introducing other speakers you are aiming to create a favorable environment for them to present. If the right words are chosen you can put the audience into a receptive mood to listen. On the other hand a poor choice can leave the audience bored and restless.

Introductions are as different as the individuals involved. In presenting public speakers, each requires a separate approach, in the same way each hole in golf course is played a little differently from the other seventeen holes. Whether you get a high platform rating or a low golf score depends on the approach you chose.

The following tips will help you choose your approach to boost your platform score: (more…)

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Public Speaking Tips: Giving a Great Speech - Know the Audience



The audience for a speech will determine the topic and formality of the speech. Know and analyze the audience for a speech with tips from a communications specialist in this free public speaking video.

Expert: Tracy Goodwin  has a masters in corporate communication and ten years experience in professional speaking. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA


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Presentations Vs Public Speaking: Which is Which?

They're the same thing, aren't they?

Sure, there are lots in common - both need to be heard, both need to be seen as credible etc. so many of the skills of one are transferable to the other - but on that basis, trucks and cars are the same too: both need to steer, carry things, accelerate and brake. In reality of course, you’d not use a car to carry a few tonnes of rubble and you’d not use a truck to pop down to the shops.

So what are the elements in common, what are those elements which are unique to each and - perhaps most importantly - what happens when you use the wrong tool for the job? Let me say at the outset that I’m not sure there’s a definitive answer to any of these questions and some of the definitions I’m going to use are simply mine, formed to give a handy vocabulary for the discussion.

That said then, (for me) presentations tend to be more likely to be technical and detailed, perhaps to a smaller, more involved audience. Examples would perhaps include things like making progress reports on a piece of research to the agency who has commissioned that research: there’s a specific, detailed agenda, such as whether or not you’re on timetable, over budget, making progress etc. as well as the presentation of the results of the research itself. It’s likely that the commissioning agency will be at least partially responsible for the agenda in these circumstances. In short a presentation is likely to be more technical, detailed and interactive. (more…)

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Public Speaking, Movement and Gesture (Highlights) - 1940s



This film is pure nostalgia and great fun! Great for training in the office as an ice-breaker (Oh, the things we had to do in the days before powerpoint!

This early Coronet film takes us through the basics of effective public speaking, with its focus on body posture and gestures. There is some very funny footage here; especially in the scene demonstrating how not to make gestures when speaking (what a forensic geek this dude is!).

The final "live" speech is great in that it is about nuclear energy! The speaker's motions are so calculated (albeit exaggerated for example), they are counter-productive to the film's lesson and ultimately distract from what the speaker is trying to say.

Great film. See the complete original print of this film for auction on ebay through 10/23!

Note: The following clip was taken directly from the original 16mm print and has been edited to approximately half the film's original length.


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Effective Public Speaking - Five Ways to Captivate your Listeners

Public speaking is all about effective communication, whether this is on an auditorium stage, in a small room or a huge arena. Gaining then holding the favorable attention of your listeners are the keys here.

Once you’ve worked out what you want to say, conquered your fear of speaking in public, and brushed up your skills to actually present your ideas, the all-important next step is to captivate your audience.

Here are five ways to captivate your listeners:

1 - Instantly gain your audience’s favorable interest by using an attention-grabbing opener. This can be a question, statement or a personal anecdote that is in context. Select something that would appeal to, and not embarrass,

your listeners. Find out something about your audience that they may not expect you to know or acknowledge. So, if it is at a convention then ask questions of your convener, beforehand, as to what's the current convention theme, or "buzz", then refer to it. Do not try jokes or allude to rumor as this will surely offend somebody. Remember you are to gain the favorable attention of your listeners, not unfavorable. (more…)

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