Four Tips to Crush Your Fear of Public Speaking

Succeed Speaking

You’re standing on a podium behind a lectern giving a speech to a packed house and you’re hands start shaking ever so slightly. If you start to get nervous, a good coping mechanism is to envision the entire crowd in something embarrassing: their undergarments, silly clothes or pretend everyone has a mustache — even the women. A Guest Post from Catherine Joyner.

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Speeches from Film: Up in the Air

Manner of Speaking

Then you start adding the larger stuff: clothes; tabletop appliances; lamps; linens; your TV. He stood behind the lectern at all times. There is nothing inherently wrong with a lectern, but it does create a barrier between you and the audience. On the other hand, assuming that the only microphone available was the one fixed to the lectern, and assuming that the microphone was needed to be heard in the room, then it is better for Clooney to have stayed behind the lectern.

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From the vault: A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Here it is: Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Do my clothes suit the occasion at which I'm speaking, in terms of formality, what the audience will be wearing or the event itself? Do my clothes fit me? If I'm standing behind a lectern, or will be seated behind a skirted table, have I focused attention and color near my face? When you choose what to wear for a speaking engagement or presentation, what goes into your thinking?

A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Here it is: Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Do my clothes suit the occasion at which I'm speaking? Do my clothes fit me? If I'm standing behind a lectern, or will be seated behind a skirted table, have I focused attention and color near my face?

Joke Contest Results — Naked Person

Humor Power

I can give you clothes, but no cigar. I’m trying to imagine you with your clothes on. Great monologue, John, but why such a large lectern? - It’s time for the results of the May Joke Contest: What To Say to a Naked Person. Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest is June 1, 2014.

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Microphone manners

The Eloquent Woman

The problem's more likely to happen with lavalier mics, which are small and attached to your clothes so they're wearable.which can lead to situations like Brown's, in which he got into a car and forgot his mic was still on, or those where speakers who've just had their mics attached walk into the restroom before speaking.and broadcast to the crowd.

Fact & fiction about body language 2: Does it matter what you wear or where you stand?

Max Atkinson

At a briefing meeting some weeks beforehand, it seemed a wise precaution to check on whether the clothes I was wearing would contradict any of the advice she was planning to present to the audience. There are a lot of men who are so uninterested in fashion and so uncertain about what style of clothes to wear that they are prepared to pay for professional advice and reassurance. Are Lecterns and Tables Barriers to Communication?

How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

And he sewed up some cloth with some threads on some bobbins. The little Who lecterns all stood in a row. These lecterns,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!” He brought back their lecterns, their curtains, their lights, He brought back their flipcharts, exhibits and mikes. Huge thanks to John Zimmer for his creativity and brilliance in revising this classic for us speakers. View it on his site for the accompanying images.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #89

Humor Power

When introduced she was standing, or more accurately hiding, behind the lectern which was taller than her. She changes clothes, not in a phone booth, but behind a lectern. Here is another Observational Humor monologue. First, I’ll provide you the set up for the jokes. Then, following the jokes, I’ll share a few words about what makes each joke work. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.).

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From the vault: A checklist for the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

Am I wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to help me stand and move as needed? Wardrobe Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? If I'm standing behind a lectern, have I focused attention near my face? (Editor's note: I'm sharing again this popular post from August 2010 as registration continues for my new workshop on public speaking and presenting for introverts.

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Week 10: What to think about appearance

The Eloquent Woman

Here's my best advice on deciding on your appearance as a speaker: Cover the basics first: Whatever you wear needs to fit you, be clean and accommodate all the movements you might make as a speaker, whether you're reaching high to point at a chart or crawling under the lectern to adjust an electrical plug. Consider your audience and think about how you want to be seen, what overall image you want to project, and then match the clothing to fit that type of presence.

A checklist to prepare the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

Am I wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to help me stand and move as needed? Wardrobe Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? If I'm standing behind a lectern, have I focused attention near my face? My checklist to prepare the whole speaker is one of this blog's most popular posts of all time. But many readers have asked me whether they need to do anything differently because they're introverted speakers.

a checklist to prepare the whole speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Am I wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to help me stand and move as needed? Wardrobe Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? If I'm standing behind a lectern, have I focused attention near my face?

double-edged swords: fashion

The Eloquent Woman

Women enjoy more options for color, fabric, cut and style in their clothes than do men; that makes the choices more complex, purely on a logistical level. Most of us check our look in a mirror and focus on our head and shoulders; speakers need to do more, and move more, in the outfits they choose before heading to the lectern. I winced through a recent presentation by a fellow female speaking coach, who addressed a small lunch group in a conference room.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #126

Humor Power

But I didn’t realize that with more people you have more butterflies when you stand up to speak (REMOVE YOUR CLOTHES sign). Carolyn Palletized: A speaker who, when approaching the lectern, goes BEEP BEEP BEEP. Here is another VIDEO BLOG of Observational Humor presented at the end of a meeting. First we will look at the set-up for each joke. Then we’ll hear (read) the joke. And finally, we’ll make some comments about why the joke worked.

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Fact & fiction about body language 1: Folded arms, defensiveness and the Mehrabian myth

Max Atkinson

This is not only grossly misleading, but also increases the normal anxieties of speech-making with a catalogue of extra things to worry about, like stance, gesture, movement and even what colour clothes to wear. FORTHCOMING POSTS: Does it matter what you wear and are lecterns barriers to communication? I was interviewed recently for a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language that's scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow.

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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Among other advice I might give, one thing I’ve done is to try and combat the unpredictability of cabin temperature — seems every flight is either too hot or too cold — by dressing in clothing suitable for both temperature ranges, usually something like Columbia Omni-Dry pants and a Nike Dri-Fit shirt. Side benefit: If you spill a beverage in flight, synthetic clothing always dries faster.) It might be nice to place it on the lectern in front of you.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

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Attendees in the audience at eComm2009 / ©2009 James Duncan Davidson Rule of thumb for speaker clothing: Dress like you mean it. ~0 Obviously, you should wear clothes that you are comfortable in on stage. I dont mind if you stand at a lectern to talk to me, just make it interesting. Wear nice clothes. It is the worst thing in the world to watch your recurring tics and bad posture and stage traveling and staring down and mumbling and crumply clothes, etc.

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