Stories Work

Are you afraid of speaking in public or afraid your next presentation may be dull? STORIES HELP My father was an incredibly popular person, and the reason was clear to everyone that met him. He told fabulous stories. One of the things that were most highly valued in my family was humor and the ability to tell a good…

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Negative Self-talk – Public Speaking

Fear of Public Speaking can stir so much negative self-talk, it can be overwhelming. What is important to note is WE ALL HAVE IT. You are not alone and there are many tips and tricks professional public speakers use to overcome it. Firstly – Accept it – yes, accept it. Something as simple as acknowledging this could be the…

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Panels

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They have invited you to speak on a panel, congratulations! You have something to say that others want to hear. Is FEAR setting in? I hope not – there is a lot you can do in advance to help yourself overcome the FEAR and be FABULOUS. Firstly know – they invited YOU because they value YOUR OPINION. What a…

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Do NOT read your notes

It is easy to think that reading your notes will help you overcome your fear of public speaking – quite the opposite. Once you break eye contact with your audience, they will immediately disengage from you. Your goal is to look your audience in the eyes to communicate and convince them of what you need them to know or…

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Writing a good speech!

When you are invited to speak – Fear takes over. Oh no! How to overcome the fear?  Write a good, no great speech! It takes time – it takes effort – but is worth it – why? Creating common ground with an audience is like clearing a pathway from their heart to yours. What does your audience care about?…

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Choke under Pressure

  This article is reproduced with the kind permission of Scott Mautz – his link is below. We all face high-pressure situations; a big presentation or meeting, a huge sales call, an important performance or big game, a key investor pitch. Cognitive scientist Sian Leah Beilock set out to understand why we choke under pressure and what we can do to…

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Humor – Yes or No – YES

Does every speech need HUMOR – I would say YES. Humor connects us – it is the bridge that bonds us all in our foibles and humanity. We cannot be angry, defensive or sad when we are laughing – YES, humor helps. I am not suggesting you use a tired OLD JOKE that your audience has heard before and…

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Jerry Seinfeld Winning Advice

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful standup comedians of all time. If you have a fear of public speaking OR want to be a better public speaker –  Seinfeld knows the key. Seinfeld parlayed his ability to find hilarity in the seemingly mundane and trivial occurrences of everyday life into a wildly popular sitcom that ran for…

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Double your income – Warren Buffet tips

We all want to make MORE MONEY – be more noticed in our chosen field or hobby? Of course, we all do! Billionaire Warren Buffett: This is the ‘one easy way’ to increase your worth by ‘at least’ 50 percent Legendary investor and billionaire Warren Buffett (currently worth more than $86 billion) has a tip for young people: (I might humbly…

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Each speaker is unique

YOU are unique – so is your speaking style. Each public speaker’s style is as different as a fingerprint. People with a fear of public speaking think they need to be like someone else to have authority or gravitas. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is only one Tony Robbins or Jerry Seinfeld. Being a great public…

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