When I ask my audiences their number one challenge with public speaking, they overwhelmingly say, “to overcome the fear of public speaking.” It’s okay to have “butterflies.” The key is how to get them organized, focused and flying in formation. Here are 10 tips for delivering a more powerful, persuasive presentation, and to improve public speaking skills.
A Solutions Focussed approach would likely say something like “Tell me what it would look like if you were no longer shy. What would you be doing? Who would you be talking to? What would you be saying to them? How would you be feeling?” They wouldn’t be focussing on the past, only on how the future could be.
Knowing your listeners is imperative to a successful speech. It will also help you relax if you know the people who are going to listen to your presentation.
When you do any presentation (even if it’s a dry run in front of friends or family) ask for constructive feedback. Don’t be precious and consciously work on your weaknesses.
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I’m sure you are thinking by now, I must have been crazy, and you would be right; I was certifiably insane but I had made a promise once, to a dying friend in a nursing home. My promise to her was that I would always live my life with no regrets. And so, even though I was fearful, I vowed to face my fears head on and beat them, and live my dream of becoming a professional singer.
As you read through the list were you able to see any familiar patterns in your own speaking history? Were you able to recognize a pattern within the sentences themselves? Perhaps some of you noticed that each of the sentences begins with the word “I”. This is a seemingly minor detail but it goes to the heart of why your pulse quickens and your palms sweat as you approach the jury box.
Say a sentence or two to someone on the left side of the room, then move to someone in the middle and right. This little technique has been used secretly by some of the most powerful public speakers in the world.