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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Eliminate the Fear of Speaking

Arvee RobinsonBy 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.

Create an outline of your speech and write it down. Although it is popular in a political arena to write out an entire speech, I recommend only an outline. This will keep your talk from sounding memorized and help you to have a conversation with your listeners instead of talking at them. When planning your talk, be sure to create a beginning, middle, and end to your speech.
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The Power of Organization

Have you ever listened to a presentation and at the end wondered what it was all about? More than likely the speech was disorganized and the lack of organization left your brain no logical pattern to follow.

Without the Power of Organization supporting you and your presentation, you run the risk of:

  • Making points out of order.
    Many topics need the audience to understand point A before they can comprehend point B. You’ll find yourself saying something to the effect of, “let me back up a moment here ….” That not only wastes precious time, but it will also causes you to lose a significant portion of your audience.
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  • Rambling on and on with no purpose.
    Organization not only helps the audience follow what you are saying, but also helps you remember what to say! If you can remember the basic organization of your speech, you can quickly and more easily recover from bloopers.

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Know Thyself – Self Awareness as the Key to Enlightened Leadership

Wally AdamchikBy Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik

You cannot lead anyone or anything if you cannot lead yourself. Effective leadership of self depends on a high degree of self-awareness founded on honesty and introspection. As individuals advance in their careers they are exposed to new challenges and the opportunity to make decisions with the benefit of wisdom gained over time. However, this wisdom must be cultivated. It lies within all of us but only surfaces when it is sought. Not only do we as individuals face new challenges as we advance but society throws challenges at us also. Fortune Magazine puts it this way, leading a company today is different from the 1980s and ’90s, especially in a global company. It requires a new set of competencies. Bureaucratic structures don’t work anymore. You have to take command and control types out of the system. You need to allow and encourage broad-based involvement in the company. Stephen Covey in The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness says, the industrial age was about control, and the information age, or knowledge worker age, is about release.
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