This episode of the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast features Carma’s interview with Craig James, the President of Sales Solutions, a consulting and training Company. Podcast Highlights Length: 6 minutes, 18 seconds James’ journey to public speaking success wasn’t easy, but he was determined to improve his skills. “I’ve always […]
Yesterday, I was a guest on Walt Grassl’s Stand Up and Speak Up! show on the Rock Star Radio Network. We chatted about my “overcoming stage fright” story and my Public Speaking Super Powers book project. It was a lot of fun chatting about what I learned interviewing 82 speakers […]
Face it, you are going to experience at least some nervous energy whenever you get to speak. But it doesn’t need to debilitate you. It’s all in how you choose to look at your nervous energy. You can look at it in a “fight or flight” way … or as […]
By Featured Speaker Patricia Fripp
You’re waiting your turn to make a speech, when suddenly you realize that your stomach is doing strange things and your mind is rapidly going blank. How do you handle this critical time period?
In all of my speaking classes, students ask me how to handle public speaking nervousness, fears, jitters, anxieties – and the physical symptoms these feelings produce. There is no single answer; you must prepare by anticipating your speech mentally, logistically, and physically.
Start by understanding that you’ll spend a lot more time preparing than you will speaking. As a general rule, invest three hours of preparation for a half hour speech, a six to one ratio. When you’ve become a highly experienced speaker, you may be able to cut preparation time considerably in some cases, but until then, don’t skimp.
Part of your preparation will be to memorize your opening and closing — three or four sentences each. Even if you cover your key points from notes, knowing your opening and closing by heart lets you start and end fluently, connecting with your audience when you are most nervous.