Two Views on Public Speaking Training: Skills and Technique vs. Personal Style

DeFinis Communications

I had lunch with a colleague last week and we had a rousing discussion about two different approaches to teaching public speaking and presentation skills. . We teach the techniques, behaviors and skills that are associated with powerful and effective public speaking —and we do it with a proprietary coaching approach that gets great results. For example, I recently worked with a group of experienced presenters who had accumulated some bad speaking habits.

Can Public Speaking Be an Enjoyable Experience?

DeFinis Communications

Fortunately, there is a way to make public speaking less stressful and something you actually look forward to. Making public speaking enjoyable comes down to being in control of yourself and your environment. Being in control of yourself and your environment plays a big role in how stressful or enjoyable your public speaking experience will be. Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Fear of public speaking Prepare Public Speaker Public Speaking

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Fear of Public Speaking? You Are Not Alone…

Matt Eventoff

I enjoy Anderson’s speaking style – he appears confident, is conversational and has great control and is masterful in his use of paralanguage while reporting. . Imagine my surprise to read that Anderson Cooper, who presents in front of millions and millions of people (indirectly) everyday, prime-time, has struggled with… a fear of public speaking ? AC: On a more ridiculous level, public speaking. With practice and preparation, it usually is. .

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Fear Public Speaking? No More!

Matt Eventoff

I speak publicly often, and I still get nervous prior to every speech or presentation. That being said, I’m in pretty good company — it has been noted that Sir Winston Churchill and President Lincoln also got quite anxious prior to speaking publicly. Unfortunately, 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. Prepare.

The Truth About Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

There is a saying in boxing that holds true for public speaking – “Styles Make Fights.” This is why I have always felt that the idea that you can become a great orator after reading a book on public speaking is like being prepared to go on the Tour de France after reading a book on bicycling– not really possible. The key is identifying characteristics and techniques that work for that particular individual – just like snowflakes, no two styles are identical.

Fear of Public Speaking, Pt. III

Matt Eventoff

Body Movement, Pt II - As a former amateur boxer, nothing prepares me to speak better than light shadow boxing a few minutes before I have to speak. Fear doesn’t just exist for the days and hours prior to an event. In Pt. III of this series, I am going to address tips and tactics when the nerves kick in within minutes of your presentation actually beginning (although every one of these tactics also work hours and days before as well).

A Public Speaking Lesson from My Sister

DeFinis Communications

Now, you may be asking, “what could this story possibly have to do with public speaking?” As you know, I see public speaking lessons everywhere. So here are a few public speaking lessons that also apply to life: . When danger and uncertainty strike, take action : Sometimes, despite your best preparation, things go wrong during a presentation. In public speaking and in life, reach out to others before pulling the covers over your head.

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Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I better give a few great presentations before I speak to Angela next week!” I love using the delivery techniques I learned—the gestures, posture, eye contact, slowing down and pausing.”. “I’m I know I should spend more time preparing, but I still slap together dense slides sometimes.”. “I Understand the audience and use techniques to engage them. Prepare for the Q&A based on past presentations.

The Fear of Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Breathing: My three favorite breathing techniques – 3 Deep Belly Breathes, Ujjaiy breathing, and the Alternate Nostril technique – these techniques are explained in further detail at the end.

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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! Now, for our fourth challenge: Be Prepared. I don't think I have to tell you what happens we when don't prepare properly for presentations.

Prepared vs. over-prepared

Speak Schmeak

Cam Beck asked me this question the other day in response to my post about your worst public speaking fear coming true : "So how do you know the difference between preparing and over-preparing?" Also, here's a post I wrote about how I prepare for a presentation.

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Nine awesome techniques for managing presentation and public speaking nerves

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The most asked question I get is “how can I overcome my fear of public speaking&#. This isn’t an effective strategy for preparing ourselves to give a great speech. 6) Prepare: There is an old saying that says “failing to plan is planning to fail&#. Inevitably I will change the wording during this process as I notice that some phrases just don’t work or flow naturally when I am speaking. Nerves Presentation Skills Public Speaking

Prepare. And then let go.

Speak Schmeak

Acknowledge that, no matter how prepared you are, there still might be mistakes and glitches, and allow yourself to find the humor in the situation. Prepare. Speakers TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking AnxietyYou started creating your presentation a month in advance. You revised, practiced, revised some more. Now the day is here, and you still fear that something will go wrong.

5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

I was obviously impressed enough with the demo to finally buy my Vitamix; however, from a public speaking perspective, I was also impressed. We watched him prepare recipes, clean the blender, and start over several times. On Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco.

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Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I better give a few great presentations before I speak to Angela next week!” I love using the delivery techniques I learned—the gestures, posture, eye contact, slowing down and pausing.”. “I’m I know I should spend more time preparing, but I still slap together dense slides sometimes.”. “I Understand the audience and use techniques to engage them. Prepare for the Q&A based on past presentations. Executive Speech Tips Speaking Tips Top Speaking Tips

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Best iPhone Apps for Public Speaking

The Speaker Point

April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About Best iPhone Apps for Public Speaking February 25, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments The world of apps is a vast and inviting place, but it can easily get overwhelming. Then it asks you to record yourself saying prepared sentences and adding meaningful facial expressions.

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Physical Preparation for Successful Public Speaking

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  Physical Preparation for Successful Public Speaking. Physical Preparation: Warm up and relax your body and face. It's a practical technique used by actors. Preparation is a key element to making a solid presentation.

You don't hate public speaking. You're doing it right now.

Speak Schmeak

Let's talk about all the ways you "speak in public" every day. Technically, the definition of public speaking involves presenting to a group of people in a structured setting with an outcome in mind. You meet new people at a party. You ask for help at Best Buy.

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Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Breathing: My three favorite breathing techniques – 3 Deep Belly Breathes, Ujaia breathing, and the Alternate Nostril technique – these techniques are explained in further detail at the end.

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Dealing with public speaking nerves

Presentation Zen

As you become accustomed to public speaking and presenting you will grow more comfortable and able to be more natural and let "the real you" come out. Yet, Jobs was not always as comfortable speaking before an audience. Public speaking fear

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Two unconventional (okay, downright weird) anxiety techniques

Speak Schmeak

While I'm moving this week, I've invited some of my favorite public speaking and communications bloggers to guest post here on Speak Schmeak. Two Unconventional (Okay, Downright Weird) Anxiety Techniques I’m Teaching in my Public Speaking Class That You Can Try, Too! It’s the first day of Public Speaking class and my college students bear various facial expressions ranging from shock, to concern, to sheer mortification.

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

She controlled the timing, rhythm, and momentum of the speech as skillfully as only an experienced public speaker—or actor—can. Public Speaking at its Best. Maybe it takes an actress playing a public speaker to be able to give a powerful introduction to one of the world’s great leaders. You get an Oscar for playing a world leader, but you get an adoring and appreciative public who deeply understands the importance of your mission when you are one.

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Preparation rituals, part 2

Speak Schmeak

Following up on part 1 of my preparation rituals series, today let's talk about another two kinds of rituals. There are rituals for mental preparation and there are rituals for physical preparation. The mental preparation ritual includes both focus and distraction.

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Speech preparation series

Speak Schmeak

Andrew Dlugan, at the Six Minutes blog, has been writing a detailed series on speech preparation using examples from one of his competition speeches. How to Prepare Your Presentation 2. Self-Critique: Preparation for Next Time 10.

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5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

I was obviously impressed enough with the demo to finally buy my Vitamix; however, from a public speaking perspective, I was also impressed. We watched him prepare recipes, clean the blender, and start over several times. Next time you have the opportunity to watch a product demo, take a few minutes to see what you can learn from a speaking (and marketing) pro! Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Nine awesome techniques for overcoming fear of public speaking

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

“ How can I overcome my fear of public speaking&#. This isn’t a great strategy for preparing ourselves to give a great speech. Since your brain can only really focus on one thing at a time, if you focus on our audience you are not automatically not focusing on fear of public speaking. 6) Prepare. Inevitably I will change the wording during this process as I notice that some phrases just don’t work or flow naturally when I am speaking.

Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking with Mental Preparation Strategies

Pivotal Public Speaking

Mental preparation is a vital part of the process of overcoming the fear of public speaking. And there was the published survey that identified public speaking as Americans’ number one fear. Seinfeld quipped that if people fear public speaking more than death, then therefore they would rather be in the coffin than making the eulogy. It may be that you are not confident socially and need to build confidence to speak. . I am prepared.

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Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking with Mental Preparation Strategies

Pivotal Public Speaking

Mental preparation is a vital part of the process of overcoming the fear of public speaking. And there was the published survey that identified public speaking as Americans’ number one fear. Seinfeld quipped that if people fear public speaking more than death, then therefore they would rather be in the coffin than making the eulogy. It may be that you are not confident socially and need to build confidence to speak. . I am prepared.

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Public Speaking Techniques for Staying in Control: Effective Recovery From Interruptions

Pivotal Public Speaking

For many presenters who haven’t had public speaking training, interruptions like these destroy their concentration, the mood they have set, and their overall impact. By learning these public speaking techniques to stay in control. Still, if you have exhausted all other approaches and they keep on talking, you may want to resort to this public speaking technique. public speakingAn aide comes in with a note.

The Most Unusual (and Amazing) Speech Preparation Story I’ve Ever Heard

DeFinis Communications

During one of the breaks we were chatting about speech preparation when one of the women present, Bernadette Alvear Fa, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences and Director of Local Anesthesia Curriculum, mentioned that the most challenging preparation she ever did was when she was in labor with her son. She could have easily turned the lecture over to someone else to prepare the voice over, and I doubt anyone would have noticed.

Preparation rituals, part 1

Speak Schmeak

So I'm going to post a three-part series about preparation rituals over the next week and let's see if we can add some layers to your level of preparation. A preparation ritual is just a routine that helps us prepare for an upcoming task.

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Preparation rituals, part 3

Speak Schmeak

We've talked about mental and physical preparation. You know that both physical and mental preparation are necessary for peak performance and you incorporate both. See the list here for preparation rituals that promote energy or relaxation.

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Physical Preparation for Successful Public Speaking

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  Physical Preparation for Successful Public Speaking. Physical Preparation: Warm up and relax your body and face. It's a practical technique used by actors. Preparation is a key element to making a solid presentation. Public Speaking & PresentationsIf you're wearing high heels take them off. Now, stand on one leg and shake the other. When you put your foot back on the ground it's going to feel lighter than the other one.

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! Now, for our fifth challenge: Be Prepared. I don't think I have to tell you what happens we when don't prepare properly for presentations.

Public speaking interview #2 on BlogTalkRadio

Speak Schmeak

Once again, I was asked to talk about public speaking on BlogTalkRadio, this time with Brian Adrian. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety General Comments Resources Interviews Openings and Closings Speaking Engagements We had a great conversation yesterday and covered lots of ground in this hour-long show. Listen here: If the player isn't working for you, click here to go to the site.

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New Public Speaking Podcast

TJ Walker Interactive

In this episode you’ll learn: • How to use simple double checks to instantly make sure you’re prepared for any presentation… so you’ll always get a repeatable result no matter what the conditions are! • How to critique your own work… and a power-evaluation technique that will guarantee your presentation is the strongest it can be, time after time. • Public Speaking Skills Uncategorized presentation training public speaking speaking skills

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Prepare. And then let go.

Speak Schmeak

Acknowledge that, no matter how prepared you are, there still might be mistakes and glitches, and allow yourself to find the humor in the situation. Prepare. Speakers TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking AnxietyYou started creating your presentation a month in advance. You revised, practiced, revised some more. Now the day is here, and you still fear that something will go wrong.

Always be prepared to speak

Speak Schmeak

I have a client who's preparing two speeches for her son's wedding and reception. I told her that it was a good idea always to prepare to be called on to speak in situations like this. I mentioned that I'm almost always prepared to speak when I go to events.

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You don't hate public speaking. You're doing it right now.

Speak Schmeak

Let's talk about all the ways you "speak in public" every day. Technically, the definition of public speaking involves presenting to a group of people in a structured setting with an outcome in mind. But all of the above examples involve you speaking out loud in front of people. So why is it so much more nervewracking when you prepare content for a predetermined presentation to a group of people?

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Public Speaking: Beginning at the End

Speak Schmeak

As I'm out of town for a few days, I thought I'd offer you a guest post by Dr. Gary Rodriguez, author of Purpose Driven Public Speaking and the CEO of Leader Metrix. It speaks to one of my core requirements of public speaking: always know your objective. Public Speaking: Beginning at the End Once you choose a subject, you are ready to think about the goal of your talk. Know What You Want To Happen Suppose you were running for a public office.

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Your presentation needs osteoclasts

Speak Schmeak

Analogies Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesNerd alert! ?? I have become obsessed with the process of bone healing!

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What if your worst public speaking fear comes true?

Speak Schmeak

Let's talk about those things that hold many people back from enjoying public speaking. Or you are so paralyzed by these fears that you find ways to avoid public speaking day after day, year after year. And take the time necessary to prepare.

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Are you prepared to be wrong?

Speak Schmeak

I especially want you to pay attention to this message: " If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. " Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Taking Risks