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You’re Going to Want to Write THESE Down!

YouThen, Use them!

Fortunately, I’ve been doing a lot of speaking lately.

During the Q&A Session, one question I’m frequently asked is, “How can I lessen my Fear of Public Speaking and become a better Presenter”

There are a number of answers to this question, and I think a blog post, categorizing them, is appropriate.  Here it is!

Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

  1. Know your material.

  2. If you don’t have a great knowledge about what you’re presenting, you should have fear!

  3. Use Google Alerts to keep updated on the latest information for the subject you’ll be speaking about.

  4. Structure your presentation properly.

  5. A delicious cake is the result of a great recipe, that has: specific ingredients, in specific amounts, added at specific times, in a specific manner.

  6. Professional presentations also follow a “Recipe.”

  7. The Title should draw people in to see and hear you.

  8. Think of it as the:

  9. Headline of a newspaper article.

  10. Subject Line of an email.

  11. Spine of a book.

  12. If the above don’t grab attention and interest, people won’t want to know more.

  13. Write your own Introduction.

  14. It is not your biography.

  15. It should answer the questions:

  16. Why this subject?

  17. Why this speaker?

  18. Why now?

  19. Think of the Introduction as the King’s Trumpeters announcing his arrival!  It should build the audience’s anticipation for you, the speaker!

  20. Open your speech with something that Grabs the Attention of the people you’re speaking to.

  21. Next, Tell them What you’ll be Telling Them, and how you’ll be handling questions.

  22. The formula for the Body of the presentation is:

  23. Make a PointTell a Story to support that point.

  24. Three to five points per presentation.

  25. Personal stories are best!

  26. The Conclusion has two parts.

    1. Tell the audience what you told them.

    2. Have a Strong Closing.

  27. The last thing the audience sees and hears will be the first thing they will remember.

  28. Arrive early to your event to Meet & Greet your audience.

  29. It is amazing how much easier it is to talk to people you’ve met, if even for a moment.  It is a great anxiety reducer!

Question & Answer Session

  1. Take questions before your Closing.

  2. State that in your Opening when you give the audience a “road map” of how you’ll be proceeding.

  3. The Closing is the Closing – Period.

  4. Taking questions throughout a presentation, unless it is a workshop, is extremely hard to do and not wise for a number of reasons.

Practice! – Practice! – Practice!

  1. Practice in front of a mirror.

  2. Practice out loud.

  3. Practice with a video recorder and watch yourself!

  4. Practice with friends and family as an audience and ask for constructive feedback.

  5. Malcomb Gladwell, in his best selling book, “Outliers”, says it takes 10,000 hours to become a Expert.

  6. He also says, “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

  7. Athletic Coaches tell us, “We’ll play as we practice.”  They are correct!

Speak! – Speak! – Speak!

  1. If you want to be a great baker – Bake!

  2. If you want to be a great swimmer – Swim!

  3. If you want to be a great speaker – Speak!

  4. The Learning is in the Doing!

  5. There is no easy way.

Follow these suggestions and your next presentation will be – No Sweat!

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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. 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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