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Fear of Public Speaking? Try These Ideas!

Glossophobia: The Fear of Public Speaking Listen!

It’s a Word, not a disease.  It can be controlled.

  1. You are not alone. There is comfort in numbers.  75% of the population have this fear.

  1. Don’t tell the audience! Do that, and it could become a self-fulfilling  prophecy. They want you to be successful and are glad you are delivering the presentation and not them.

  1. Know your stuff! There is a “confidence in your competence” that lowers anxiety.  Always study the latest on your topic and you’ll have that confidence.

  1. Arrive Early and Meet & Greet! It is amazing how much easier it is to speak to people you’ve already met.  To make the Meet & Greet easier, insist on people wearing Name TagsName Tags reach out and pull people in.  They close the gap between people and make the Meet & Greet exercise faster and easier.  Audience members also appreciate having these to Meet & Greet each other!

  1. Give the audience a Road Map of what you’ll be presenting.  Tell them the order of your presentation and when and if you’ll be handling questions.  (The best location is before your closing.)  People like to know what to expect.  Knowing they know the agenda will lessen your anxiety and eliminate hands being raised in the middle of your talk.

  1. Constantly Take the Temperature of the audience. Look for eye contact, positive facial expressions, and body language indicating your message is being understood.  Knowing the recipients are GETTING IT! is positive feedback and lessens the Fear of Public Speaking.

  1. Practice! – Practice – Practice! This is the BIG TIP! Nothing replaces practicing.  The best of the best practice one hour for each minute of presentation.  (One hour per minute is not a misprint!)

  1. Have Notes or a Mind Map at hand. There is nothing wrong with having notes!  You know your stuff and don’t want to leave anything out of your presentation.  Notes refresh your memory.  (A Mind Map is a non-linear, visual, brainstorming tool.  It is what I use to develop, practice, and deliver presentations.)

  1. Be Prepared for Anything and Everything!  Stuff Happens”, and knowing you have backups and all contingencies lined up, in case “the wheels come off,” will ease your anxiety.  (I know one person who always worries about the projector bulb burning out in the middle of his presentation and not having a spare handy.)

This stuff works!

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About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and author of the book, “No Sweat Public Speaking!” Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality and we rather deal with Experts. They also know: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities. He shows them how to Develop, Practice and Deliver Knock Your Socks Off Presentations! with – No Sweat!

Fred E. Miller

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