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Speakers, There’s <i>NO</i> App for That!

AP You Gotta Do It Yourself!. . .and  You Should Want To!

There’s NO App to download that will make you a Great Speaker and lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

Because of the Fear of Public Speaking, many in leadership positions pass on taking and making Speaking Opportunities and delegate the task to others.  That’s Nuts!

You should not hand a Speaking Opportunity off to someone else. Steve Jobs never did, and it’s one of the reasons Apple grew to be one of the most successful and innovative companies ever.

What would you think of a President, Prime Minister, or any leader of a country handing off their annual “State of the Union Address’ to others?  It would not be seen as a positive move, would it?

Leadership is executed through superb communications!

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know My Mantra: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities! Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities! Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities!

Those who present well are perceived as Experts. Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts.  (Experts can command higher prices for their products and services, also.)

People who take and make Speaking Opportunities grow the perception they are Experts. They grow their Businesses, advance their Careers, and increase their Leadership Roles.

We expect leaders to be good presenters.  Some are; many are not. If the leader is not comfortable delivering presentations, make it a goal to learn how!

Public Speaking/Giving a Presentation is a skill that is learned.  Just as no one is born knowing how to ride a bike, work with a computer, or drive a car, no one is born a public speaker.

There are many things a person can do to learn these skills:

  1. Take Public Speaking Courses.

  2. Join Toastmasters

  3. Read blogs and books on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

  4. Observe professional speakers.

  5. Listen to great speeches.

  6. Watch videos on Presentation Skills.

  7. Hire a personal coach.

  8. PRACTICE delivering presentations.

  9. SPEAK!

Two activities stand above the others:

  1. Practice! – Practice! – Practice!

  2. Would any serious athlete just “Show Up” for the big game, match or meet? – NO!

  3. Spring Training, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Workout – Workout – Workout!

  4. Would any serious musician, singer or actress just “Show Up” for the big concert, show, or play? – NO!

  5. Rehearsal – Practice – Rehearsal!

  6. Why would someone think they can just “Show Up” for a presentation and “wing it?” – NO!

  7. Practice! – Practice! – Practice!

  8. Steve Jobs was the consumate presenter. If he had a 90 minute Keynote Presentation scheduled to introduce a new Apple product or service he would practice for weeks!

  9. That’s the amount of time someone who was the best-of the-best would spend on preparing for a speech. How much prep time should you and I spend developing and practicing a presentation?

  10. Do it!  Present!

  11. “The Learning is in the Doing!”

  12. You can do all the intellectualizing you want about being a Public Speaker, but the real Learning is in the Doing!

  13. There’s no other way! Jump into the deep end of the pool (get in front of an audience) and start swimming (presenting).

  14. What’s the worse that could happen?

  15. You bomb!

  16. BIG DEAL!  Who Cares?

  17. It’s a drop in the ocean of your life.  It’s nothing!

  18. You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  19. Jump in and Do It!  

  20. I GUARANTEE: “The worst speech you’ll ever give – will be far better than the one you never give!”

  21. Let me know how it works out!

For reading, and/or listening, this far I’d like to give you a FREE Gift. Go to: to receive it!

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. Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities. He shows them how to Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – No Sweat!

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