Tue.May 01, 2012

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.

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters - #2 of 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    Why should you care?    After all, isn’t it a matter of integrity to say the same thing to everybody?    Yes and no. 

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Presentation Tip: Choose a boring font

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

A lot of presentation designers have made comments in the last year or two about what font you should choose for your PowerPoint slides. Almost every designer suggests that you abandon the built-in fonts like Arial or Calibri. They claim that by using a standard font, you won't stand out. Instead of the fonts that they claim are overused, they suggest you find a cool font to download and use that instead.

Font 12

Best Website Contest is Back!!

Speaker Launcher

Wow, it was 2009 when we ran our last “Best Speaking Expert Website Contest” Times have changed, websites have changed, so it’s time to run it again! Simply comment below if you’d like to nominate a website. So what are we looking for? A unique, fresh and original site.

Rupert Murdoch: Sticks and stones can break his bones.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A media leader is spoken of in harsh language by an august group across the ocean.    And likely that leader - Rupert Murdoch - could care less.    At least about the opinion part of it. 

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Live Webinar May 7th with Cliff Atkinson: Getting to the Gestalt of Your Story

Beyond Bullet Points

One of the reasons why the BBP approach works so powerfully is that you literally present the “big picture” to your audience before the details. In psychology the big picture is called gestalt , which is based on the idea that the eye sees an entire object before its parts. Join Cliff Atkinson at 3pm Eastern on Monday, May 7, 2012, for this complimentary 1-hour webinar and you’ll learn : How the theory of gestalt works. How to find the gestalt of your presentation.

Want to learn more about government speechwriting?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

NAGC (the National Association of Government Communicators) has extended the “early registration” deadline for its conference to Monday, May 7th. NAGC’s annual Communication School will be held June 5-8 in Arlington, VA. On Friday, June 8, I’ll present a brand-new session geared specifically for government speechwriters (and people who want to become government speechwriters). One-day conference admissions are available. Contact: info@nagconline.org

Wisdom, Truth and Other Illusions

Humor Power

The key to humor is the ability to see thoughts, objects and events in a different way. Happiness and a stress-free life are shaped by the same process. There is always another way of looking at life. Sharpening that skill leads us to better speaking, better thinking and better living. Those thoughts motivated me to write this article. If you like it…great.