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11

My Toughest Audience!

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OPotentially, I could be seen by thousands of people!

My Toughest Audience!Easily, it could be my largest audience, ever.
This was important.

It was not an entirely new presentation for me. I had presented modules of it many times. I knew my topic well. I prepared, practiced, tweaked the presentation, and practiced some more.

I had enough nervous energy, I knew, to be helpful.
I know how to channel that energy into my presentation because a presentation without energy is b-o-r-i-n-g!

This was my moment and I was psyched! It was time to take my position. The spotlight shined on me, the microphone was on!

I stood tall with my shoulders back, eyes looking straight ahead, smiled, started the Opening of my talk and – YIKES!

In my videos, books, and presentations I emphasize a speaker should always take the temperature of the audience. You may be the only one speaking, but there is much feedback coming from the people seated in front of you. Look at facial expressions, gestures, and other body language to determine if they are GETTING IT! If you see confusion or disbelief, adjust your message and repeat it in a different manner.

I followed my own advice and did that. The feedback I was getting was, literally – Blank!

All I could see was that round, semi-shiny hole in the middle of a black circle.

You might be thinking, “What are you talking about?”  Read More→

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oVIDEO #19: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Practice! – Practice! – Practice!

This Video is the Last of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!

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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here’s the last my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

This is the Golden Nugget!

If you’re going to take away nothing but this one Nugget to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking and become a better Public Speaker, this is it!

Are you ready?

Speak!
Speak! – Speak! – Speak!

If you want to be a Baker – Bake!
If you want to be a Swimmer – Swim!
If you want to be a Speaker – Speak!

“The learning is in the doing!” Read More→

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oVIDEO #17: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Use Notes or a Mind Map!

This Video is the Seventeenth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!

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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here’s another one of my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Notes!

There’s nothing wrong with having notes!

I’ve got a lot of stuff to tell the audience. If notes remind me so I don’t leave something out – that’s great!

One problem with notes, they can look a little fuzzy, especially when you’re nervous. Anyone ever have that happen to them?

Well, here’s the answer! Use a Mind Map. Read More→

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0VIDEO #16: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Stuff Happens!

This Video is the Sixteenth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!


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Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking.
Here’s another one of my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Be prepared – because, STUFF HAPPENS!

If you use slides in your presentation,the projector could go blank.
The computer could crash.

You need to have a spare tire. Probably, several spare tires! Read More→

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OVIDEO #15: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Props!

This Video is the Fifteenth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!

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Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking.
Here’s another on of my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Props!

Props are dynamite! Here’s why.

People have three learning styles.
One: Visual. That’s sixty-five percent of the the population.

Auditory.
That’s thirty-five percent.

And five percent are Kinesthetic. They learn by doing.

If you can combine two or more those learning styles in your presentation,that increases the odds that they’ll GET IT! Read More→

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O  VIDEO #14: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Don’t Hand Out Handouts!

This Video is the Fourteenth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!


Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking.
Here’s another on of my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

If you have handouts – Don’t hand them out!

They’ll be a distraction. The people next to them will be distracted.

We cannot multitask. Read More→

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O VIDEO #13: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Interact with Your Audience!  

This Video is the Thirteenth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!

Video Transcript

Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking.
Here’s another one of my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Interact with your audience. Get them engaged in your presentation.

Ask a question. “Does that make sense?”

Pause.

Look for their reaction, their nonverbal response. Read More→

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O  VIDEO #12 – Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Join Toastmasters!

This Video is the Twelfth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!

Video Transcript

Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here’s another one off my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Join Toastmasters!

Toastmasters is an international organization.They teach Public Speaking Skills and Leadership Skills. They do that in a structured and and nurturing environment.

I love Toastmasters! I was in a club for years. I still speak at many clubs.

Here’s a suggestion: Read More→

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OVIDEO #11: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Cotton Mouth!

This Video is the eleventh of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!

Video Transcript

Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here’s another one off my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Cotton Mouth! Throat dry! Very hard to talk when you have Cotton Mouth!

It happens for a number of reasons:

  • Nerves! That can certainly do it!
  • Sometime just Dry Air. That will dry you out.
  • Other times – antihistamines. If you can wait till other times to take those – do it!

Now here’s a couple tips to lessen that Dry Mouth. Read More→

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O VIDEO #10: Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

Don’t Use Buzz Words!

This Video is the tenth of Nineteen about Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking!


 Video Transcript

Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here’s another one off my Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Every Industry has Buzz Words, Acronyms, and Techno-Speak. Don’t use them!

You do not impress people with words they do not understand. Read More→


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