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Are you afraid of speaking in public

Business, presentations, Public speaking
Are you one of those hundreds of people who are afraid of speaking in public? Have you ever asked yourself why? There are so many reasons why you are afraid, and all of them completely understandable.  Being afraid of speaking in public is no different from being afraid of anything that puts you in the spotlight.   There is this belief that when we are in the spotlight, our brains will turn to mush.  We will say things without thinking and make a fool of ourselves. We believe people are not interested in what we have to say and will be bored.  And the most common one is 'I don't know what to say'. I have been speaking in public for many years, and I have to agree that if someone…
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Why Speak?

Why Speak?

presentations, Public speaking, Uncategorized, Video
Why not speak? Speaking is everything if you want to grow your business. I know it is scary and I know you would rather jump off a tall building without a parachute than stand up and speak in front of a group of people.    But what if you could change just one person's life if you just told them what you do? Speaking in public is something that we have forgotten how to do.   Before the digital age, we would speak all the time.  We would do live presentations, we would speak in school and we would speak in all sorts of places.   But we now speak to ourselves through the medium of live streaming, video and social media. And many of you do speak to yourselves.  You forget…
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Avoiding a Panic Attack and Public Speaking

Avoiding a Panic Attack and Public Speaking

Public speaking
Many people associate a panic attack and public speaking. They usually have had an anxiety-producing public speaking experience. They may test that past memory of public speaking again, but often the same anxiety reaction results. People who have to speak publicly on a frequent basis and suffer from panic attacks are always searching for a panic attack remedy. Amber's Story Amber had many risk factors for panic attacks when she entered senior school. Her mother had a history of anxiety as well as her older brother. Amber was successfully able to avoid a speech class until her final year of school. In order to graduate, she was going to have to take speech. Although she had never received a diagnosis of panic attacks or an anxiety disorder, Amber had always dreaded…
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3 steps to confident public speaking

3 steps to confident public speaking

Public speaking
Throughout the history of human civilization, people have been expressing their confidence and strength, not only by force but also by the noble art of public speaking. The orators of ancient Greece were highly respected and valued in the community. Likewise, today's world leaders are admired and esteemed when they have the power to address the public with poise and conviction. Such a high regard for public speaking makes the average person cringe at the idea of talking in front of an audience no matter how big or small the size. Whether giving a toast at a wedding or delivering a speech to a large assembly, most people make a big deal about public speaking and try to avoid it as much as possible. But public speaking should not cause…
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5 Strategies for public speaking

5 Strategies for public speaking

presentations, Public speaking
I was never a huge fan of public speaking. I was always very nervous and had this overwhelming feeling the audience was judging my every word. I now know how to overcome my fears and deliver a memorable presentation. I have summarized for you the top 5 strategies I use to make sure every presentation is a showstopper. Realize 90% of Nervousness Doesn't Even Show. The audience usually can't see the telltale symptoms of nervousness. The butterflies, the shaky hands or the sweaty palms. The key is for you to not focus on them either. You need to focus on the audience. When you do this two things will happen: 1) they will like you more, and 2) much of the nervousness that you feel will go away. Don't Avoid…
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9 tips to keep your audience attention.

9 tips to keep your audience attention.

Public speaking
In almost all gatherings (conventions, alumni, commencement exercises, fundraising or awarding ceremonies), guest speakers are usually invited to highlight the occasion. To make the gathering memorable, guest speakers are selected for a certain reason, some according to their popularity and accomplishments. As much as possible, the speaker's profession or line of achievement must be in some way related to the occasion. Let's say the occasion is a convention of home developers. The likely guest speaker to grace it could be a famous housing czar well known and respected by the city and state. To impart a lasting impression to the audience, a speaker must find ways to keep the attention glued to his speech. If it so happens that you are the invited guest speaker at a gathering, the suggestions…
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9 Ways to handle Questions

9 Ways to handle Questions

Public speaking
How you handle questions from an audience can often be the deciding factor as to how your presentation is received. If you're pitching for business, then it's absolutely vital to handle questions well. 1. Be prepared for questions - When you write your presentation, think about what you're likely to be asked and what your answer is going to be. Maybe you won't want to answer a particular question there and then, so think about what you'll say to satisfy the questioner. 2. Make it clear at the start - You may decide to take questions as you go or at the end of your presentation. Whatever you decide, make it clear at the start and don't change your mind. I would suggest questions at the end of a short…
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5 ways to engage with your audience

5 ways to engage with your audience

presentations
When you speak you need to engage with your audience. Has a boring speaker ever put you to sleep? Do you wish they could engage with your audience better. Your head begins to nod as you fight off the urge to slip mercifully into the Land of the Z's. Or has your mind ever wandered during someone's dull presentation? Sure, this has happened to all of us, more than we would like to admit. However, don't let it happen to you when you are the speaker. The key to keeping your audience from taking a mental exit is to involve them in your talk. Yes! Studies show that the more you involve your audience, the more they retain. Why? Because they are listening! You can involve your audience in several…
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