how to overcome the fear of public speaking

Overcome the fear of public speaking with 5 simple steps

In this short article I’m going to show you how you can overcome the fear of public speaking and beat the butterflies, so that you can stand up and deliver your next presentation with absolute confidence. Public speaking myths Before I launch into showing you how you can overcome the nerves and beat the butterflies, I want…

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How to Present Bad News

Why the Myth of speaking to a Naked Audience is so wrong!

One of the greatest public speaking myths perpetuated is to imagine your audience naked – this will help reduce any nervousness you might have as a speaker. What a load of malarkey!! Why anyone would want to believe that this would help them prepare and deliver a great presentation is beyond me. Let’s look at…

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Essential Vocal Skills for Persuasive Presentations

Do you have a voice that is pleasant and easy for your clients to listen too? There are key vocal skills that you need to master so that your sales pitch is profitable and productive. And, no matter how enticing and persuasive the content of your sales pitch. If your clients cannot focus their attention…

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How to Prepare your Presentation in 5 Minutes and 5 Simple Steps

For some people the stress of preparing a presentation can be intense. Trying to find the right message, what to say, and how top say it can cause sleepless nights. It needn’t be that way. A well structured and impactful presentation can be created in a few minutes. The key is to use a proven…

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Three Techniques to stand out from the competition when you speak

Whether you like it or not you are competing with many factors to get the attention of the people you want to reach and influence. From the events occurring in their lives, the simple distractions (like their phones), through to your competitors there are many distractions that will keep the attention of your audience away…

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Three Levels of Public Speaker – Which level are you?

David Brooks, a Toastmasters World Champion, first described these levels to me over a coffee several years ago. I like them because they provide the high level markers of our development and provide the rights aspirational targets someone wanting to know how to improve their public speaking skills. There are no false indicators created around…

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How to Present Bad News

Three Techniques to Present Bad News

At some point something will go wrong. For some organisations the financial reports will not be good, and the bad news will need to be presented carefully to avoid upsetting investors and internal staff. For small business owners it may be a situation where a client expectation can not be met. For a small business…

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Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Tips

25 Public Speaking Tips

Public Speaking is a skill that can be developed and mastered over time. The 25 tips below will help you improve your public speaking and presentation skills sooner. They will enable you to concentrate your efforts in the right areas to ensure your skills and confidence grow in the shortest time possible.   1.      Know…

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The Value of Performing on a Real Stage

Wednesday night was one of the highlight evenings at my children’s school. It was their Peripatetic Concert evening. It is an opportunity for all of the kids learning musical instruments to perform in front of an audience. It is a wonderful evening where the parents are spoilt with inspiring performance (and the occasional missed note).…

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Speaking on Video

Presenting on Camera – 3 mistakes to avoid

Video is the marketing medium for 2016. From recorded video updates on Facebook, live video on Periscope or Facebook Live, through to webinars there are a myriad of platforms that allow you to speak to your audience and influence them. You can create and stream your video from anywhere using your mobile phone or laptop.…

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