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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.

Design a first slide that stands out and matches your brand

PowerPoint Tips

I really like slides with a solid background, usually white or black. They’re neat and clean. They don’t distract from the message. Obviously, they’re easy to create. They work better with images. For example, you can remove the background of images and get a result like this.

Use W5 to help you communicate effectively

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Whether you are writing or talking, communicating effectively is important. To demonstrate the point, I often tell the story of the golf course groundskeeper who hired a young trainee. The day the trainee showed up, the groundskeeper said, “See those bundles of sod on the truck? I want you to re-sod the areas that I’ve staked out around the 18 flags on the golf course. I’ll be back at the end of the day to check on your progress.”. If you want to know what happened, please read the blog post!

Speakers: To persuade, get concrete. To inspire, be abstract.

The Eloquent Woman

Should you try to inspire your audience--or persuade them? Are you speaking about why your audience should do something--or how to pull it off? New research suggests that decision depends on the timing of your message and what the audience has to do next, whether that deadline is in the future or next week.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 130)

Manner of Speaking

Alexander Gregg (1819 - 1893) American Clergyman. “There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject; then to get your subject into yourself; and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.” ” — Alexander Gregg.

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Review: Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson

PowerPoint Tips

This is the 3rd edition of this very successful and well-known book. Cliff Atkinson was one of the first major presentation experts to talk about ridding slides of bullet points and with the 1st edition of the book, he launched a revolution in slide design.

From the vault: Easy ways to avoid copyright problems with your slides & handouts

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: This 2010 post has been updated and is still essential today--a trainee just asked me a similar set of questions last week!) An event planner I know emailed me this week to ask about a speaker's upcoming event. She wrote: Question for you Madame Communications Guru…if an article is online from a publication such as Washington Times or National Review, do we need permission to reprint? Especially if we're giving it out as handout material?

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters. #4 of 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 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. 

Ancient Danish monarch: Alive and well in Paris

The Presenter's Blog

Paris is becoming politically plastered. Last-minute election posters are popping up everywhere. One of them has particularly caught my attention: “La France Forte Avec Nicolas Sarkozy” “A strong France with Nicolas Sarkozy” Sarkozy’s choice of visual metaphor for these closing stages of the campaign has him standing against a backdrop of the ocean; He is the valiant protector, guarding the virtue of the nation. But guarding it against what exactly?

Insights & Inspirations from SF SketchCrawl

Duarte Blog

My first drawing consisted of two ninjas fighting on top of a dragon in the hills of Miami. Weird, I know, but that’s what I came up with as a kid sketching his wild imagination during class.

Famous Speech Friday: Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard at ANZAC Day

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: S ydney-based speech and communications coach Claire Duffy , who has a special interest in women and young speakers, is back with a recent speech from Australia's prime minister. I'm happy to have this contribution as another international entry for Famous Speech Friday.)

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. 

Think free or die

The Presenter's Blog

Because presenting is inventing, constantly check yourself for dogma. Dogma sets up unchallengeable absolutes, and has a simple purpose: to castrate. By castrating the ability to question, it shuts down the chance to innovate. Public speaking without innovation becomes mere preaching by rote, the same cold meat served day after day until the intellectual hunger of the speaker becomes numb.

Secrets of Power Presentations Book Review

Executive Speech Coach

Secrets of Power Presentations by Peter Urs Bender This book first published in 1991 and I first read it around that time. Of all the books on presentation skills this book has contributed the most to shaping my public speaking skills.

Presentation and Public Speech Closings

Great Public Speaking

One of the worst mistakes you can make as a presenter is talking too long. Not only will you send some folks to never, never land, you will make some of them downright mad. It doesn't matter if your entire talk was brilliant and the audience came away with information that will change their lives. If you talk too long, they will leave saying, "That speaker just wouldn't quit." Don't let this happen to you! Say what you have to say and sit down. Before you do, give them a well thought out closing.

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters. #3 of 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 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. 

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.

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How to Attract the Eyes in Your Multi-Media Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Two Key Principles of Eye Movement Let’s look at two important principles of presenting with a computer and screen. Our Eyes are Attracted to Light Perhaps you have noticed when walking or driving at night that your eyes flash to the source of the brightest light.

"An Atheist in the Foxhole" - But, gossip is a tricky business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Does Boy Rogue Producer Joe Muto know how to play the volatile gossip game?    If it turns out he doesn't then he has cooked his goose in taking on the High Order of the Imperial Players at Fox Broadcasting.

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Why – and How – Your Audience Matters. 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 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. 

Be confident in becoming a Speaker, not a PowerPointer

Pivotal Public Speaking

So much is written about the problems of PowerPoint. There are so many lists of dos and don’ts for PowerPoint presentations. But in the end, the answer to producing an engaging, successful presentation actually does not originate in the use of PowerPoint itself. It originates in the speaking skills. Good PowerPoint presentations are presented by people who are good speakers first, and who apply those skills to their PowerPoint as well.

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May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone.

Use social media to build sales

SpeakerSue Says...

Is a connection a conversation or a fantasy? Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies: that we will always be heard; that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be; and that we never have to be alone. Indeed, our new devices have turned being alone into a problem that can be solved,” says the New York Times and quoted in an excellent post by MediaPost Publications, Engage: Gen Y: Disconnection in a Connected World.

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

My Birthday: Globally acknowledged, thanks to Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Animal companions don't do birthdays.    So the last of my three dogs and seven cats - 16.5

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.

How to stay motivated when the road is long…

SpeakerSue Says...

My two nieces, ages 10 and 11, ran in the KidsRock marathon. It’s 25 miles of individual running spread out over time and a 1.2 mile race, with the neighboring schools, run on the same course that the 1/2 and full marathon will be run the following morning. Driving to pasta load (for me) after KidsRock, with one of the award winning runners, we discussed how to stay focused when running a long distance and how to keep going even when you don’t feel like it.

"Top 20 Seminar Scams" Webinar

Great Public Speaking

Complimentary Public Service Webinar No Sales offer at all. Top 20 Seminar Scams" (I WILL be naming some names) Wednesday, May 2nd 8:05 PM Eastern time https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/987035078 You will learn: = 21 Ways Professional Level Con People can cheat you at seminars. = Why you should still go to seminars. About the Sociopath personality = Why I’m taking a stand and why you should too. Where to complain = How you can protect yourself and = How you can help.

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Breathe Life Into Your Talk

Kate's Voice

It’s the day of your presentation. You eat your favorite day-of-talk breakfast. You warm up your voice and say a prayer. When you arrive, you shake lots of hands, set up your merchandise at the back of the room, and get yourself motivated to talk. When they call your name, you tell the obligatory joke [.]. vocal delivery vocal power breathing delivery vocal health vocal image vocal impact

Joe Muto's book: Will anyone buy "The Atheist in the Foxhole?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Joe Muto aka Fox Mole did get his book contract.    Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, has given him a low six-figure advance for a tell-all tentatively titled "The Atheist in the Foxhole," reports John Cook at GAWKER. The question is if the book will sell. 

Thought for the day – getting unstuck

Pivotal Public Speaking

“When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start.” ” – Dan Millman. quotations inspiration

Involving Your Participants: Using Participant Introductions

Great Public Speaking

Interacting with your participants generally increases their learning, holds their attention, helps you make your points, and possibly provides for new information to be shared. Technical presentations hold some different challenges because most of the participants will be writing and taking notes throughout the program. Interactive processes must enhance the learning process and not just provide a break or entertainment.

Great Improv Exercise

Green Room Speakers

Here's a fun improv exercise that works on body language and can help you get out of your comfort zone when you deliver a presentation: From the Green Room: The same words can have entirely different meanings depending on how you say them.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Comes Undone: Could happen to just about any professional services firm

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"It was like watching the Titanic go down." " That has been the typical comment of those following how quickly darkness fell on the once influential law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.    It could be today or at least by Memorial Day that the firm comes to an end.