Five Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking0Consistently, the Fear of Public Speaking is listed as one of the most common fears people have. Many are held back from reaching their potential by this fear.

Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

  1. Assume the ‘SUPER HERO’ stance.
    • Think Superman / Wonder Woman
      • Stand erect with legs slightly apart.
      • Place your hands on your hips.
      • Thrust your chest out.
      • Put on your game face!
    • Research shows taking this position for only two minutes, prior to a talk, leads to positive change and makes a speaker feel more powerful and deliver a better performance.
    • Look at the best performances in: Sports – Music – Theater.
    • I Guarantee – the best-of-the-best Practice!
      • They Practice a Lot.
        • Training camps for athletes.
        • Rehearsals for musicians and Actors.
      • Speakers should also Practice. Read More→

Fear of Public Speaking0The Fear of Public Speaking is consistently listed as one of the most common fears people have. It holds many back from reaching their potential. Let’s look at WHY so many have this fear.

1. Why Not!
Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Many are done on our phones where we don’t see the person we are speaking to.

Increasingly, we communicate by email and text. This interaction doesn’t let us see or hear the other person.

Standing and speaking in front of people, and having many eyeballs looking at us, takes us out of our comfort zone. That’s why we’re uncomfortable doing public speaking.

2. Not Knowing The Topic.
Do not speak to an audience unless you have a lot of knowledge about your subject. You’ll never know everything, but you should be confident enough to speak on it.

If you know little about your topic, you should be fearful!

3. Not Knowing The Structure of a Presentation
How many times have you sat thru a presentation where you could’t follow the speaker? They might have rambled, repeated themselves, and talked about stuff that wasn’t relevant to the subject. That’s not a great experience, is it? Read More→

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Video Allows You to See and Hear Yourself as OtherSee and Hear You.

0Others See and Hear You!

Knowing you want to improve your public speaking and presentation skills, I suggest taking a video of yourself practicing or delivering a presentation. Then view it critically.

Video is Powerful!

You may think you’re doing something lousy or really good, but seeing and hearing will allow you to celebrate the good and great, and know what needs improvement.

Practicing in front of a mirror is fine, but it’s not the same as viewing your video. When you’re looking into a mirror, non-verbal communication areas for improvement may be immediately visible and adjustments made. The reason I said “may be immediately visible” is because we all have blind spots seeing certain things. Also, sometimes we think we see things that don’t exist.

Think about times you’ve posed for a photograph, knew it would be a keeper, but were disappointed with the results. Sometimes, the picture from the time where you thought you blinked or had a scowl on your face, turns out to be the one you’ll frame! This is why video beats “peering into the looking glass.”

Athletes watch videos of their performance to improve it, don’t they! You should, also. Read More→


0NonVerbal Communication Rules!


Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

We have more debates coming up before the election. Listen to those debates, but also watch them.

We talked about this before:
Nonverbal communication, like gestures, trumps verbal.

Let’s look back at a few debates.

Senior Bush, Ross Perot, Bill Clinton. Senior Bush looks at his watch, like he was bored, couldn’t wait for it be over. That was not a good thing! Read More→




Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

More debates are coming, and debates can determine the outcome of the election.

The first televised debate was Kennedy – Nixon. This is kind of interesting; black and white television. It was in September. The election was in November. Look how things have changed!

Nixon was one of those guys who had a 5 o’clock shadow at 10 in the morning. He sweated. He didn’t want any makeup, and he recently been a hospital, lost some weight. His suit didn’t fit that well.

John Kennedy was back from vacation. He look fit. He looked great!

Kennedy also knew to talk to his constituents, to the voters. He looked directly in the lens, just like this!

Nixon didn’t know television. He was kind of looking around. People thought he looked shifty-eyed.

Historic moment: Read More→


oBetter Writing and Better Speaking!


Would you like to be better speaker?

Here’s one of the best tips I could ever give.
Write!  That’s correct, write!

Blog regularly. And after you written a blog post, record the audio of it. I put mine into an iTunes Podcast Channel.

Now, I got to tell you, it was a very humbling experience! The first time I listened to my podcast, I found grammatical errors. I found spelling errors. I had to rewrite some things. Well, that helped my writing.

But as I was listening, that was humbling, also! Sometimes I mumble. Sometimes my voice faded. But, I got to tell you, that was one of best things I’ve ever done, and I try to do it every time I write a blog post.

Written Post + Audio Post =
better writing and better speaking.

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Watch the Candidates!

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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Do you want to improve your public speaking? Well, now’s the time to observe the good and the bad.

Watch those debates! Watch the interviews with the candidates!

Oh my gosh! The reason Trump is “trumping” everyone – the guy is natural, He is not scripted. He is just saying it the way it is.

People feel they could sit down with the guy, and have a beer. He’s one of them. Read More→


0Time to Observe Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

The political season is a great time to observe public speaking and presentation skills.

Although the election date isn’t until November 8, 2016, campaigning has already begun!

The debates have started. Candidate interviews, formal and informal, are taking place multiple times daily.

Both parties, special interest groups, and individuals are looking for positive soundbites from their candidate and negative ones from the competition and opposition.

Stump speeches are being delivered at state fairs, town hall meetings, and smaller gatherings. Q&A is usually part of each event, and candidates should be well prepared to provide answers. If the media isn’t attending, you can bet someone is recording the happening with their camera or cell phone and, often, posting it online. Read More→


0Signature Presentation!

Signature PresentationSpeaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”

That is my mantra and no one ever challenges it. Why would they!

  • People perceive really good speakers as Experts.
    • We like to work with Experts.
    • Experts can command more money for their products and services.
    • Delivering a great presentation is an excellent way to let others know you are the Expert they might want to hire and would be comfortable referring.

If you want to build your business, advance your career, or seek leadership opportunities, now is the time to develop a great Signature Presentation to help capture those opportunities!

Your Signature Presentation, ideally, should:

  • Be about something you are passionate about.
  • Be a topic you have a great deal of expertise on.
  • Appeal to a wide range of audiences.
  • Not be a sales pitch.
  • One you have practiced ad nauseam

Choosing your topic.

Think about, then answer these questions: Read More→


Practice Makes. . .

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Practice Makes. . .

o Perfect! Really?

If only that were true!

What if the material, and delivery you are practicing, isn’t correct? Practicing that over and over won’t result in you presenting a great talk.

How about: “Perfect Practice will lead to a perfect presentation.”
Good luck with that, also!

The quote on the topic of practicing I prefer, and I can’t recall who said it first, is:
“The road to perfection never ends.”

Let’s start this discussion about Practice with the fact that a presentation has two components: Content and Delivery.

Let’s continue with the premise your Content is in place. It has been written, re-written, critiqued by others, and tweaked more than several times. You, and others who have reviewed your Content, agree it is excellent! That alone will not result in your talk rocking your audience because Delivery trumps Content. You may have the best content ever on your topic, but if it’s not delivered in a manner that educates, entertains, and explains it well, your audience will never GET IT! GETTING IT is the goal of all communication; visual, written, or spoken.

Now it’s time to Practice. Here are Five Ways: Read More→

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