I just saw this commercial and just had to share it with you. Apparently Mr. Broccoli has low expectations for super power. But you don’t have to. Are you passionate about your topic? Maybe your super power is passion. Are you a whiz at producing visual aids that get your […]
Monthly Archives: October 2010
Eliminate the Fear of Speaking
By Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson
Why Do You Feel So Nervous?
Feeling nervous before you speak in front of a room full of people is quite common among the majority of people today. According to surveys, many people would rather die than give a speech. However, remember no one has actually died from stage fright. It may help if you understand why the body goes into a complete fearful state when asked to give a speech. This feeling is actually the body’s natural “fight or flight” response when it encounters danger. The body releases adrenalin increasing your heart rate, blood circulation, and pulse rate causing the feeling of nausea, shaky knees, trembling lips, and sweaty hands. Below are 4 strategies to eliminate the fear of speaking and gain confidence.
1. Start with the 3 P’s.
- a. Planning your presentation.
Whether you are giving a 30-second introduction or a 60-minute sales presentation, it is imperative that you first plan your talk on paper. Thinking you can just “wing-in” will end up in total disaster and the lost of potential sales.
Have you ever had to speak before an audience who was hostile toward your topic? If not, it will surely happen sometime. The following tips may help you ease that hostility:
- Be attentive and understand the question being raised
A person from the audience is asking you questions just for the sake of asking questions. Do not respond with sarcasm. No matter how challenging the question is, keep your cool and answer accordingly.
- Be guided by your speech
When a hostile audience bombards you with challenging questions, go back to the essence and contents of your speech for the answers. This simply shows that you know what you are talking about and emphasizes the message you are trying to convey.
- Be the master of your temper
Treat your audience as you would your friends. This way they will feel your sincerity. This also helps establish chemistry between you and the audience. No matter how a part of the crowd pushes you to be irritated, hold that feeling and bear in mind that you are there to talk, not to argue, with the audience.
- Be honest
The more honest you are, the more the audience will listen to you. It is far easier to deliver a sincere speech than to play games. Eventually, the audience will know that you are lying if you are not sincere in your message.
- Be careful with your gestures
Be expressive but not too powerful. Never use gestures and body language that may tell the audience you wish to dominate them.
I was doing some research on superheros and, although I knew I wasn’t the first person to use superheros as a metaphor for something else, I was struck by how many ways and titles are available that delve into the metaphor of the superhero. Here is a small selection: Amazon.com […]
Pet Peeves With Words
By Featured Speaker Ric Morgan
No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.
– Michel de Montaigne
It’s a miracle that anyone can learn American English. The language is full of things that make absolutely no sense, and there are common phrases that must take years for someone other than a native to fully understand.
Last week I purchased a new item at the grocery store. I guess I am a sucker for advertising because I like to try the new things that come along. Of course that’s not saying that I’m going to like it and purchase it forever, but you just never know.
Well, um, apparently they can. Fast Company wrote a biting critique of a recent presentation that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg did about some new features added to the popular social networking site. Check this out: Zuckerberg’s Language Analyzed: Really, Um, Interesting Yes, the occasional “um” is going to creep into your […]
Working on your public speaking skills can affect more than just your ability to speak to groups of people. Improving your public speaking skills can raise your self-worth and confidence. In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, realizing your self-worth ranks the highest. When you’ve given a good speech, your personal […]