Fear of Public Speaking: A Definitive Guide to Managing and Moving Forward

Matt Eventoff

* Pt I of a 3 part series, as seen on CNBC.com. A random internet search for cures for fear of public speaking produces over 2 million results. That is a shame. No matter how many books, courses, DVDs, websites or snake oil salesmen promise to “cure” you of your fear of public speaking; it is never that simple, or that easy. And that is ok. The reality is that every executive has a rush of adrenaline before presenting – the normal “fight or flight” response.

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What’s Your Definition of “Wealthy?”

Speaker Launcher

Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing beginner speaker definition of wealthy Jane Atkinson speaker coach speaker trainingBeing a Wealthy Speaker may mean different things to different people. My idea of “wealthy” is making money while I sleep and travelling just a few times each year.

Clegg’s conference speech: ‘definitely OK, absolutely fine, without any doubt not bad’

Max Atkinson

The last thing party leaders want when making their annual conference speeches is for something in the news to knock coverage of them down in the list of the day’s headlines.

Thoughts on Self-Definition

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Be defined, not by the trophies in our cabinet, the money in our bank account; nor the clothes that we wear, or profession that we do. But think and define […]. General Personal Development Random Observations

"Old" = One Script ("Broken" has the same definition)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are those who give up on learning and changing. If they are over-50, we label them as "old." " If they are under-50, we simply shrug them off as "broken," usually by life.    The "old" all share one characteristic.

"Wealth" - Diverse definitions, even in capitalistic nations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For some, the ability to bear children might represent to them "wealth."  "  That's even though the birth adds to the mouths to feed, which could, well, decrease wealth, at least if it's calculated in terms of money.

Today’s Slang: Words Without Definition?

DeFinis Communications

In August, I wrote a blog about hippie-era slang that coincided with the 40 th anniversary of Woodstock. I explained how speech has always been a principle medium for cultures to define and differentiate themselves. Today, it is clear to linguists and laymen alike that people are incorporating language that reflects their online activity into offline speech. For example, “LOL” or “BRB” have been commonplace in everyday speech for years due to instant and text messaging.

Definitive list of public speaking blogs – updated with Twitter

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Andrew Dlugan, custodian of the list to top public speaking blogs, has just updated the list to include the Twitter profiles. You can view the update list here. Thanks Andrew for the update. Related posts: 70 Great Public Speaking Blogs I came across a great list on Andrew Dlugan’s website.

PowerPoint Slide Makeover #44 - Making Definitions Interesting

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In too many training and teaching presentations, the definitions of key terms are read verbatim from text on the slides. This makeover shows that defintions can be interesting if you connect with the audience and leave them with a definition they will remember.

6 minutes: definitive speaking blogroll

The Eloquent Woman

Dlugan also has compiled his definitive list of public speaking blogs -- and I'm delighted that The Eloquent Woman clocks in at number 20 on that list of more than 100 public speaking blogs. Six Minutes is a public speaking blog that offers a great service: Author Andrew Dlugan takes the time to read a wide swath of public speaking blogs, and (almost) weekly compiles the "weekly might have missed list" of what you need to read in the public speaking blogosphere.

"Grown Up" - Sure, I will try to be that, but what's the definition?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" But, what is the definition of "grown up?" In the New York Post , Kyle Smith runs a diatribe against Millennials. It reeks of the platitudes about that generation not being "grown up." " They're depicted as cry babies. The same was said about us Baby Boomers. Instead of protesting war and racial injustice, we were told to "grow up."

"All Grown Up" - New 21st Century Definition

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  At age 65, I was finally all grown up - at least according to the new definition of that rite of passage.  Someone at work got fired and it wasn't me. That's all I thought about after I heard that one of the contract employees like myself for a large company was canned.    Shock: It wasn't me.    In these upside-down economic times, we have to be completely mature in order to hold onto work, even that contract or free agent kind. 

PowerPoint Tip: Visual Slide Definition

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This past week I created a new definition of a visual slide that captures where my position is different from some others. Here is my definition: "A visual slide is not the absence of text; it is the presence of a visual that encourages a conversation with the audience." In my definition, I deliberately chose to define a visual not by what is missing, but instead by what is present that is of greatest value. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this definition.

Are you passionate about your job?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

’ and then reminds those who raise their hands that the dictionary definition of ‘passionate’ is either (a) […]. Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway gave the closing keynote at the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) conference in Dublin this last May.

Where Can I Find Great Clip Art and More for Powerpoint?

Presentation Guru

It may have earned itself a notorious reputation but at its most basic definition the term clip art does simply represent pre-made images that can be used in whatever medium.

The Compliment

The Communication Blog

compliment definition of interpersonal communication ConversationHere's an interesting little piece on complimenting someone that would work well with any unit on conversation in interpersonal communication. It provides 10 ways to tell someone you think he or she is beautiful and would be a great introduction to complimenting in general. link].

Public Speaking: 7 Tips on How to Replace Fear with Confidence


But nerves can throw a definite wrench into getting your brand story across effectively and […]. Selling is an art, and to be successful at it, you’ve got to be confident in yourself and your product or service.

When sending a thank you (definitely) does more harm than good

SpeakerSue Says...

This post is about email etiquette, how a thank you can blow up, and what to do about it. A few days ago I did a favor - a 15 minute telephone interview for a colleague in the multi-level marketing business. Everyone is just trying to make a living these days, and I felt that if I can help her out by providing a couple of solid selling and motivation tips, I was happy to offer my time.

The Power of Using Crowdsourcing for Product Development

Speaker Launcher

By definition it means to obtain information or input into a particular task or project by enlisting the services of a number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet. Crowdsourcing is one of those buzzwords we all hear tossed around these days.

How to Add Humor to Your Presentation?


No matter how serious is the subject, the audience is present only to find your presentation interesting and have definitely come to enjoy the time they are spending listening to you.

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Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

It is important to note that the strictest definition of an infographic is any graphic that clarifies or explains. This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author.

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How Fear of Public Speaking Can Hold Back Your Career


If you suffer from a fear of public speaking, you are definitely not alone. In fact, fear of public speaking often lands in the top five of the biggest fears that humans have. In some surveys, it even lands in the number one slot, with death coming in at a close second!

I know it’s hot but your voice isn’t warm!

Kate's Voice

However, if you have to give a talk, you need to warm up your voice before you practice, and definitely before you go on stage or on camera. The thermometer is pushing three digits and the idea of warming up anything is probably just not on your mind. The question is, what do you do [.]. vocal delivery vocal health breathing intention public speaking tips

What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

Use Smart Lookup for web-based definitions and links. You can right-click a word and choose Smart Lookup to open the Insights task pane with links to definitions from Wikipedia and other places on the Internet.

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Sticky Note Sabotage

Duarte Blog

We’re no strangers to sticky notes , but this is definitely the most fun we’ve had with them. This April Fool’s Day, it seems like everybody’s getting in the spirit , and Duarte is no different. We took note of the date (ba-ha!)

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It's Not What You Say

Professionally Speaking...

It's so practical and so relevant it definitely deserves a place in your presentation toolkit. . . . . . There would be people who'd disagree with the premise of Michael Parker's new book, It's Not What You Say. I would not be one of them.

Using props to create a vibe

Speak Schmeak

And there was definitely a vibe in the room. I attended a presentation the other night where the speaker took props to a whole new level.

5 Lessons I Learned Tracking My Pitches for a Year

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

When an editor gives a definitive response, I mark the pitch as “accepted” or “rejected.” Excerpt from The Freelancer : By Anna Cat Brigida. When I first started freelancing, I saw pitching as an unpredictable part of the job. The pitch itself mattered, of course, but I always felt that I was more lucky than smart when one was accepted. But now I know that’s not true—pitching is just as much science as art.

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Getting in the Green Room - The Zen of Surfing and Speaking

Green Room Speakers

Yet I recently learned that green room has a second definition.

Stop Stealing Dreams: Seth Godin on Education & School

Presentation Zen

Definitely worth your time. The older I get the more I take to heart the old Mark Twain chestnut: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” In March of this year I created a post entitled Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school.

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Should we be suspicious of stories?

Presentation Zen

But what would have made the talk better would have been a clear definition of what story is, or at least what definition he was using. We are wired for stories.

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The Almost Dictionary — Humor Contest

Humor Power

And then give us a definition. We are not looking for daffynitions, which are twisted definitions of actual words. Tags: Contests almost dictionary alternate definitions creative writing humor contest

Experiences from the presentation trenches

PowerPoint Tips

So definitely do your research! I gave 2 presentations in the last month and thought I’d share my experiences. A live presentation. I gave a live presentation at a marketing conference/workshop.

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Make your webinars super interactive

PowerPoint Tips

” It’s been a rewarding journey to learn how to engage remotely, which I think is definitely a trend that is here to stay. This is a guest post from Brenda Bence , who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert.

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Anticipate the next slide with transitional statements

PowerPoint Tips

These are just short phrases, but definitely consider using full sentences as in the examples I gave above. In writing, it’s good practice to create transitional statements between paragraphs or sections.

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5 principles for easier and faster slide creation

PowerPoint Tips

I prefer “Sentence case” for slide titles and definitely for text on the body of the slide.” I recently made over some webinar slides for a client and I can honestly say that the slides were the most messed up of any I’d ever seen.

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Norm Macdonald: A profile of authenticity on stage

Presentation Zen

He never became a household name, though he is certainly successful by any definition. Last Friday, viewers of David Letterman's Late Show witnessed one of the finest, heartfelt monologues ever on American late-night TV, by an emotional Norm Macdonald.

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It’s All Geek to Me

Duarte Blog

There is most definitely a lesson here about avoiding the use of confusing jargon in our presentations. The description of the fictitious Turbo Encabulator has long been used by engineers to warn against the use of technobabble.

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Presenter roles: What role do you play?

PowerPoint Tips

Well, maybe this role doesn’t exactly fit the definition of “presenter,” but there are times that you’re in front of an audience and your main role is to listen. As presenters, we play various roles. It all depends on the situation.

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How Long is Forever?

Executive Speech Coach

I think that your definition of "forever" depends on how you are feeling at the moment. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.