How Public Speaking Can Help You With Any Fear You May Have

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You don’t have to be a famous key note speaker or a famous motivational speaker like Tony Robbins or Joel Osteen just to give a great speech. Public speaking to many people when performing such an act in front of an audience is every daunting and even more so intimidating.Fear is the biggest factor when it comes to performing a presentation in front of a sizeable audience let alone delivering a talk that you have created that you think may not be up to par for the audience.

A lot of people will take sky diving lessons then do the actual jump to face their fears. When they have completed a jump they tend to be more confident in everyday life simply because they have conquered a fear which in most cases eliminates other fears that they may have had. Public speaking in front of an audience can be of similar value in the same way. Think back to when you were a kid and you finally had to confront the neighborhood bully, once you pushed back or chased the bully away you conquered a large blockage and were then less fearful of many things. When you stand up in front of an audience to face that proverbial bully and attack that speech or presentation not thinking of how perfectly you want to deliver it but to actually perform it with you true self you will accomplish your goal of eliminating fear itself.

There are some tips that can help you be more fearless when you are speaking in front of large or even small groups. I myself actually have an easier time speaking in front of large groups for whatever reason. First of all knowing that ninety percent of your nervousness does not show to the audience is a known fact. Most people when they speak will get more nervous if they think that the audience can see some of those nervous things that go on inside or outside of your body like sweaty palms, nervous stomach or racing heart just to name a few, but the truth is that they can’t. Another biggie is that a lot of people get intimated by the audience. A good way to eliminate this fear is not to imagine them naked, but to scan the audience for friendly or receptive faces. This will give you the confidence that your presentation is being well received.

So if you want to kill two birds with one stone, get out there and give that presentation or speech at work, join a toastmasters club or volunteer to speak for a cause that you have some interest in or event some type of local city government or PTA and the list is basically endless and you will kill your fear.

You have to Build Rapport to Capture your Audience

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If you have ever been impressed with a speaker’s performance it is because they know how to build rapport with the audience. Most of the renowned speakers build rapport by integrating stories into their presentations or speeches. So how does this simple form of story telling engage the audience? You are probably thinking well anybody can tell a story right? These skilled speakers will draw on relative experiences or trials that they have gone through that relates to the title of theme of their speech which is why you came to the presentation in the first place. For example “how to overcome public speaking anxiety” was the topic de jour and most people are afraid of speaking in public, so they show up at the seminar to listen how they can overcome this issue.

The speakers of presenters have their speeches planned and organized precisely to hook you so that you will be on the edge of your seat most of the time. So how do the speakers magically draw you in? Well they use the skill of building trust and rapport. When you trust someone you will listen to them because they have established credibility through rapport. What is good rapport? When a speaker tells a story they will draw on a life experience that they had to overcome an obstacle to produce a successful outcome. The story itself will engage the audience because there will be many instances in the story that the audience can relate to, when this happens the audience will experience a commonality with the speaker and hence feel that they can relate therefore building the trust factor. For example if the speaker is telling of his or her first experience speaking in front of a group whether  it was in high school, college, PTA, work ect..  most of the audience if not all has had a similar experience. The speakers goes on to tell how his or her palms got sweaty , lost train of thought or froze up on stage so further relating to the audience. By the time the speaker gets through with their speech the audience has gained total “buy in” because they identify with the speaker and furthermore will believe that they will be able to overcome their fear of public speaking just as the presenter did because he simply built rapport with the audience which created trust and belief.

Stories are a very powerful means to attract attention of an audience because in addition to building rapport they also and should provide a specific time of occurrence, who specifically was involved and where it happened and finally what the outcome was. These aforementioned components establish factual credibility to further prove evidence to the story. Using rapport in your presentation properly will surely capture the audience for a memorable presentation of speech.

 

Goal Setting Will Surely Bring Success

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It is often easy to forget exactly how important goal setting is to self improvement. We can have lofty ambitions for changing or improving who we are, but if we don’t begin the journey with one step as Confucius once said and then break it down into smaller plans, the journey might begin to seem impossible.

The reason goal setting works as a means of self improvement is two-fold: the first part is obvious it allows us to break a really complex task down into small components that are easier to follow, more detailed, and less overwhelming. The second reason why goal setting is an effective means of self improvement is that it provides us with constant motivation. Whenever we accomplish that goal or objective on the way to the greater goal, we feel as if we have made progress, and it emboldens us to work towards the next goal in line.

Before anyone can begin goal setting for self improvement, he must determine what it is about himself that he would like to change and for what reason. For some people, the ultimate act of self improvement would involve quitting smoking cigarettes. For others, weight is a self improvement issue for which they are most concerned. For others, it might be something different, like being more assertive, more financially secure, or more charitable.

Of course, no one knows our faults better than we do. If we’re overweight, we usually know just horrible it makes us feel, even if no one around us even really notices it. If we drink beyond what could be considered careful moderation, we know how it makes us feel and what it has done to our relationships.

Now, once you have identified what it is that you would like to improve about yourself, you can begin the goal setting process. Start with the ultimate goal (i.e., to become a better speaker in front of a crowd). Next, depending on how large your ultimate goal is and how long it will reasonably take you to accomplish begin goal setting for objectives with timelines. For these smaller objectives, it is a good idea to tie them to actions, rather than results. If, for instance, your goal setting objective is research and read material that will help you overcome your fear of public speaking, or how to become a more persuasive speaker. Then you may want to look for public speaking classes online or in your city that offer classes that will help you overcome your public speaking anxiety.

You may find and read printed material to help you get rid of your public speaking anxiety ,but feel like you have only completed 30% of your goal setting objective  then you will want to accomplish another small goal setting plan would be to attend a public speaking class. Public speaking classes will give you the opportunity to get involved and practice what you will learn to give you more confidence. These small or part actions will serve as bit pieces to help you accomplish your goals of becoming better at public speaking. If you followed the goals you set out to accomplish for the time period : did I read the proper materials to help me with my public speaking fear, did I attend public speaking classes as to have been tutored and practice public speaking, and did I practice my art of presentation giving ? So, to reiterate, successful goal setting for self improvement consists of three things: creating long term goals, short term objectives, and re-evaluating the plan to make sure it is more realistic.

 

How to Recover From a Broken Public Speaking Presentation

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You are giving a very important public speaking presentation to the board members and midway through something overwhelms you and you can’t for the life of you remember exactly where you were in the presentation. You are giving a sales pitch on a new product to one of your biggest customers and you just lost it and lost your train of thought right in the middle of a flowing sales presentation. Knowing how to recover from a broken public speaking presentation is a very important skill that you can develop, It’s just that no one wants to prepare for a failure that may occur because the last thing you want to think of is messing up during your presentation, so we just do not prepare believing that if we are thinking positive we may mess up. The reality is that we should be prepared for a failure during our performance.

Below are four methods that you can employ if something happens to interrupt your flowing presentation. If you practice and understand these remedies to recover from a broken presentation they can save you a lot of stress and embarrassment. So take a look at each of these and just how easily you can employ any of these public speaking tips to save rescue yourself from a broken presentation.

Method 1: Make It Look Planned

This is what Jack Elliot did by pausing, saying “This next part is so important that I need to read it to you”, consulting his notes, then starting up again. One key lesson here is that you should always have your notes easily accessible. I keep mine in my pocket as a safely blanket; I rarely need them, but having them there sure make me feel good.

Method 2: Paraphrase Your Previous Content

“You will have to excuse me, but I am so passionate about my topic that I sometimes get ahead of myself. Allow me to review my previous point.” Nine times out of ten, retracing your steps will help you find the path forward.

Method 3: Ask Your Audience A Thought Provoking Question

“What seems to be the most important point so far?” I feel that this technique would work better in a public speaking presentation that is highly interactive to begin with. However you can use this as a rhetorical question to either buy time with a long pause or to precede a review of your previous content (i.e. a lead-in to Method #2).

Method 4: Review Your Overall Speaking Purpose

Every speech should have a central theme – preferably encapsulated in a three to twelve word catchphrase. Repeating your theme is always welcome by your audience so a memory lapse is a reasonable time to throw it back out there.

In Conclusion, the idea here is to help you be able to think on your feet as well as being able to deliver a public speaking presentation. The best presenters and public speakers have the ability to adapt to their situations and be able to react in a professional manner as to not ”get rattled”. If you employ the above tips you will be able to confidently recover from a broken presentation.

 

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A Public Speaking Technique That Will Have a Lasting Effect on Your Audience

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Contrary to what many may think, repetition is an essential public speaking technique that you need to master if you want your audience to remember your presentation. Usually any presentation regardless of length can be boiled down to just 3 or 4 main points or even less. By skillfully repeating these points in various ways, the audience will have them imprinted on their minds without being bored. Below are four guidelines that will help you achieve

Use The Theme Or Title
 

Use the theme or title of your presentation effectively. Your theme will contain key thought containing words. Make sure you elaborate on those key words during your presentation. Keep linking your material back to your theme or title so it runs like a thread through the presentation much like the thread in a garment holds it together. The audience should be able to see the connection between what you are saying at any given time and the main subject or title of your presentation. 
Re-state Ideas 

Use repetition skillfully by re-stating the key ideas through the presentation, either using the exact same words or phrases or employing similar words to say the same thing. If you have a catch phrase or pithy slogan you want to remember, repeating it at strategic points in the presentation can be very effective. 
A summary early in the presentation can be a powerful method of repetition. For example, state beforehand the main points you are going to consider, then deal with them, and finally give a brief summary of the points you considered. 
The Progressive Summary 

Using a progressive summary of main ideas through your presentation to reinforce the ideas on your audience can be a very powerful public speaking technique, especially if you number or itemize them. For example, you might mention there are three main ideas to be considered, then briefly state them. Then say, “Let’s take the first point . . .” Afterward you can say, “So up to now we have considered Point 1 (restate in a couple of words). Now we’ll deal with Point 2.” After that you can say something like, “So far we have seen Point 1 which was . . ., and also Point 2 in which we saw . . . Let’s now look into Point 3.” Finally, you conclude by saying, “So what have we learned so far? Point 1 was . . . Then we considered Point 2. Finally in Point 3 we showed . . .” 
Using this formula of repetition is very effective in lodging key points in the minds of your audience so they will remember them easily after your presentation is finished. 
 Be Vivid 

Be on the constant look out for words you can use to add feeling and color to your presentation. 
You may discover them through your own reading or you may hear them from another speaker. If you see or hear a word that makes an impact on you, note it down and keep it for future reference when you might use it in your own presentation. Gradually as your vocabulary increases to include dynamic words full of vigor, your presentation skills will develop too as you convey vivid mental images to your audience. Using a variety of vivid words and expressions directly related to your main points and theme will give you the flexibility of being able to repeat them often but with a different flavor. 

Repetition is an essential public speaking technique. However, it needs to be used skillfully. The four  guidelines above will help a public speaker use powerful repetition without appearing to be boringly repetitive!