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Speaking Skills Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety

One of the easiest ways to reduce public speaking anxiety is to strengthen your speaking skills. The fear of standing up and giving a presentation to your peers is still of the biggest anxieties that plagues the business world, but it is a simple challenge to overcome by strengthening your public speaking. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can make those butterflies and sweaty palms go away.

  1. Most Speakers are Just as Nervous as You Are: Have you ever wondered why some speakers look so poised during their presentations but when you perform, you feel that your nervousness is radiating to the audience. I’ll give you a little clue or insight on how you are not as transparent as you think. The majority what you think others can see or detect is not visible to your audience no matter what you may perceive, it’s just that you are feeling all these forms of nervousness and think that others can see your butterflies, sweaty palms, can detect when you are miss-delivering some of the content that you may have left out. The truth is that the aforementioned never show to the audience. I remember delivering my first seminar and thinking that the participants will not take me as a credible speaker/presenter because I feel nervous, after panning around the room for a while I realized that they could not detect what I was feeling which in turn reduced my inner anxious feelings giving me the confidence to feel like a seasoned presenter.
  2.   Preparation (or lack of it) will Either Cause Anxiety or Reduce It: If you had to give a speech on yourself or even  a hobby, interest or subject that you were passionate about I would venture to say you would breeze right through it comfortably.This is why organizing yourself properly before giving a presentation on an topic that you are unfamiliar with. One of the biggest causes of anxiety before a presentation is lack of preparation. In addition to knowing your material, you may also want to do some research on your audience. This will give an understanding of the type of people you will be delivering to and create a sense familiarity with your audience. For example; I gave a Time Management Seminar to group of Social Service employees for the first time. I did some investigation that gave me one clue as to the personalities and industry that I would be delivering my presentation to. Social workers tend to be heavy multitaskers that have little time to deal with many issues. I also made contact with the faciliating manager and asked a few key questions on what they were trying to achieve with through the seminar. I would then have the proper ammo to anticipate any of their current situations which gave me the confidence going in that I could handle their questions adequately.
  3. Avoid Memorizing Your Entire Talk: When have you had your most effective presentation? It may have been an informal one, and it was probably very effective because you did not rely on any notes. This is how you should be delivering your  presentations, speeches, seminars ect. When you are tethered to your content verbatim, which I admit I have done in the past, it kills the flow and authenticity. The tendency here is to not want to leave anything out of your delivery and therefore you cling to your act of memorization, but the magic begins when you let go. You can actually have a layout in your mind that starts with an introduction, main points, and of coarse a conclusion. Believe it or not if you follow a formula everything will fall into place the speech or presentation will build upon itself. You can even come up with an acronym to help guide your through your presentation.
  4. Speak on Topics where You have Real World Experience: As I mentioned above the most credible sounding speeches or presentations are the ones in which you have actual experience in, not to say that you cannot relate your previous experience to similar topics or expertise. You will also be perceived as an expert. Your approach should be confident and deliberate. Also when you speak on a topic that you have had a real world experience, chances are that you will have some stories to integrate through your presentation, why are stories so effective? It is because in every story there is some portion or persona that the audience can relate to.

So to reduce your nervousness and or anxiety, realize that your peers are also nervous and you are “normal”, prepare in advance, avoid memorizing your entire speech, and choose topics that you know very well. If you do this, you will deliver a great presentation. Also remember that your speeches should sound natural and credible and you should always be prepared for the unprepared.

Most Recent Fearless Presentations Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia

The group who attended the Fearless Presentations Workshop® in Atlanta learned the importance of the proper use of audience participation.  Many people try to get their audiences involved in their presentations, but end up struggling to get people to participate.  .The first mistake people make is that they ask rhetorical questions and then wait for an answer.  Questions like, “Who wouldn’t want an extra $500.00 on their next paycheck?”  Now this is a silly question because no one in their right mind would turn down the extra money.  It comes across as very manipulating when we ask a question that only has one true answer, especially if you wait for a response.  I remember once going to one of the home and garden shows in my city and had one of the cookware sales people asking very silly and manipulating questions, like “Who here wants to save money on their grocery bills? And who wouldn’t want to eat healthier.”  He literally waited till most of the audience nodded their heads YES before continuing on about how buying this cookware would help them save money and eat healthier.  He lost all his credibility with his audience and after the second or third time of doing this, many people just got up and left his demonstration.  He lost potential sales because of the silly and rhetorical questions he asked. So the next time you ask your audience a question make sure that there is more than one answer so that you don’t frustrate and potentially manipulate your audience. For more help in becoming a better speaker and a Fearless Presenter, attend one of the Fearless Presentation ® Workshops in a city near you.  You can find a list of the upcoming classes by going to www.fearlesspresentations.com

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

Public Speaking Class Comes to Los Angeles, California

Public speaking class comes to Los Angeles, California.  The Leader’s Institute® recently held its public speaking class in Los Angeles, California.  This was an extremely varied group, with participants in the health care industry, jewelry design, well servicing, and auto manufacturing, to name a few. Because the group was so diverse, everyone was able to learn from other participants by seeing different styles of presenting.  One of the items the class covers is the strengths and weaknesses of different types of speakers.  The goal of the class is for everyone to maximize their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses.  Rather than coach the participants to present the same way, each individual is coached to utilize their own style and uniqueness when presenting.  This particular class had everyone from entry level employees to Vice Presidents of companies, which allowed for a great learning experience for all of the attendees.  By the end of the two-day public speaking class, everyone was able to vastly improve presentation skills. The Leader’s Institute® conducts its public speaking class in Los Angeles, California every three months, as well as all major cities across the United States.

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

A Recent Fearless Presentations Class Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fearless Presentations® class in Minneapolis Teaches Participants How to Engage Their Audience and Enjoy Presenting. The Leader’s Institute® hosted its Fearless Presentations® class in Minneapolis, Minnesota to a great group of people who were determined to take their presentations to the next level.

The class starts off with giving participants a host of tips to overcome the fear of public speaking, and then quickly moves into having the participants practice activities in front of the group, which lead towards everyone delivering multi-layered, exciting presentations on the second day.

Fearless Presentations® comes to Minneapolis, Minnesota twice per year, and regularly comes to cities across the U.S. year-round.

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

The Fearless Presentations Class in New York-Learn to Make a Great First Impression

The participates of the Fearless Presentations ® class in New York learned that when we begin to speak, Fearless Presentations class in New York the impression that we make in the first 7 seconds is often the way that our audience may  continue to view us as we deliver our presentation.  That’s why it very important to make a great first impression when we first start our speech.  We have all heard that it’s important to stand straight, smile, and make good eye contact, but it equally important to show energy and enthusiasm for your topic when you speak.  If you don’t show an audience that you are excited to be presenting your topic to them in the first few sentences, they may lose interest and not pay attention to what you have to say.  If you can’t be excited about your topic, then why should your audience be even the slightest bit interested in what you have to say?  So the next time that you speak, remember to also focus on your excitement and enthusiasm.  That will make a great first impression that will carry forward throughout your presentation.  To learn more about how to become an effective speaker sign up for one off the Fearless Presentations ® Class in New York or a city close to you.

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

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