Stage fright – and how to overcome it

Presentation Guru

It perfectly captures the idea that stage fright is not an emotion, but a physiological response. … Bitesize Performance Rehearsal Anxiety Confidence Nerves Practice Stage fright TED

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Communication Strategies: Listening Stages

The Communication Blog

Listening is actually a complex of processes and skills and so it’s convenient to divide the listening process into stages or steps. This is a five-stage model and seems to get at most, if not all, of the essential listening processes and, more important, enables us to identify the relevant skills at each stage. Here five stages are identified: Receiving, understanding, remembering, evaluating, and responding. Listening at the Receiving Stage.

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When Is Rehearsing a Presentation a Bad Idea?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When is rehearsing a presentation a bad idea?    Clients often try to talk themselves out of rehearsal, because they’re pressed for time, because they don’t like the feeling of rehearsal (you’re not in control yet), or because they argue that rehearsal will make them stale.    So generally, more rehearsal is better.    But there are times and kinds of rehearsals that are counter-productive. 

Presenters: Do You Walk on Stage or Take the Stage?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Good actors come on stage, deliver their lines, and leave.    Great actors take the stage.    Following are 5 tips for taking the stage.   So clear your mind and get ready to go on stage clean and uncluttered.   Great actors use a simple trick:  they pretend they’re coming on stage from another scene.    The average actor walks on stage and then starts to deliver her lines. 

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Tips From the Acting Stage, Episode #3

Professionally Speaking...

If you've ever attended live theatre, you know how riveting the experience can be, to the point where you feel you are right in the middle of the action on stage, aligned with the characters, experiencing their emotions. And if you could figure it out, wouldn't you want to duplicate that engagement the next time you're on the business stage? There are three key lessons we can adapt from the acting stage. What other techniques can we learn and apply from the acting stage?

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Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

I’ve heard that he works hard to prepare and even harder to rehearse so that every moment is well coordinated. He spends days, not mere hours, in preparation for one of his large main stage product announcements.

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Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

I have written before (see links below) about the many lessons a business presenter can learn from a stage actor -- techniques like blocking, care of voice, how to evoke emotions, rigorous rehearsal and the value of a story line.

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Why you must rehearse: To avoid a public speaking disaster like this one

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

     Once everyone was happy with the speech, we proposed that the speaker rehearse.  We pressed hard, but the speaker ultimately did not rehearse beyond talking through the script in a 10-minute session in his palatial apartment overlooking Central Park in New York.    I called my good friends at the speaker bureau to warn them that our speaker hadn’t rehearsed and I was worried.    You must rehearse

Smart staging makes maths cool

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

n this case, it’s an idea that you could stage using very basic AV equipment. And a long rehearsal to get the timings right. Tags: Staging AV equipment maths lectures Matthew Weathers Presentations If you took a poll of audiences everywhere, maths lectures are up there with OH&S inductions and televised golf for stifling dullness. So top marks (ho ho!)

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Nick Morgan - Public Speaking Advice and Commentary: Is rehearsal important?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Is rehearsal important?    Odd that I should even have to pose the question, but a surprising number of the people we've worked with over the years have tried to wiggle out of rehearsing even important speeches.    Professional actors rehearse all day for six weeks.    You should rehearse, at an absolute minimum, three times.    Rehearsal lets you get there. 

Stage Time--On Stage

Speaking Of...

Last Saturday I had a real dose of Stage Time. On a stage. hosting any event is a performance; as such rehearsal and attention to detail are a must; grooming, dress, choice of accessories, all these small details must be considered carefully because all eyes are on you for much of the time. A stage is sacred space for a speaker. Tags: stage , hosting , contestI presided over a Tall Tales speech contest, in front of more than 100 in the audience.

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Fear Busters – 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Fear Busters - 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! Tired of standing on stage, gripped by fear and paralysed by nervousness? The following are 10 tips to help you overcome stage fright. Get out on the stage and seek to have fun! Stage fright?)

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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Reducing Communication Apprehension Here's a novel method for rehearsing your speech and for reducing your communication apprehension. apprehension fear of public speaking Public Speaking stage frightlink].

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10 Ways to Prepare for a TED Style Talk

Duarte Blog

And while all presentations take an investment to make them effective, the creation of a high-stakes, beautifully staged TED style talk often proves to be especially difficult. There’s one question I’m asked frequently: how to give a TED Talk that works. I’ve given all types of talks.

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When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

DeFinis Communications

Your thoughtful planning, preparation and rehearsal. Performance Stage Presence Top Speaking Tips leadership role personal power public speaking anxiety

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4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

They plan and prepare their presentation and put in many hours of rehearsal, but they also know that is just the beginning. Once on-stage they follow their intuition, understanding the importance of “reading and relating” to the audience in the moment.

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When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

DeFinis Communications

Your thoughtful planning, preparation and rehearsal. Performance Stage Presence Top Speaking TipsA client suffering from a mild case of public speaking anxiety recently told me, “When I’m giving a presentation, I’m too concerned about what people think of me to act like ‘the leader.’

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Open Up and Say… Aaargh!

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

The stage can be a dangerous environment. Just get up on the stage, do your thing, and try not to fall off. I’ve seen: > A software demonstration guy lean too far back in his chair, and catapult backward off a six-foot high stage in a convention center. > But like most people on a stage, he has other things on his mind, and he might not have been expecting a stage flat the size of the Hoover Dam to land on his head.

4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

They plan and prepare their presentation and put in many hours of rehearsal, but they also know that is just the beginning. Once on-stage they follow their intuition, understanding the importance of “reading and relating” to the audience in the moment.

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How to use your fear of public speaking to be a better speaker

Speaking about Presenting

I didn’t rehearse with the PowerPoint slides because I saw them as such a minimal part of the presentation. If I had been more nervous, I would have rehearsed with the PowerPoint slides and realized that I needed to insert black slides. Preparation and rehearsal take time and effort. People without fear tend to skimp on preparation and rehearsal, they wing it. So they waffle and ramble their way through their minutes on stage.

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10 Presentation Tips From Steve Jobs’ iPad Launch

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Which comes from: 7. A huge amount of rehearsal. The more effortless a presentation looks, the more effort has gone into planning and rehearsing every detail again and again. The Apple stage look is always designed for zen-like simplicity to match their products.

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Improve Your Presentation…One Bit at a Time

DeFinis Communications

It was a last minute gig, and the director, Richard, was rushing to rehearse and stage the show, as well as assemble costumes and props. I walked on stage, faced dozens of expectant eyes, and froze. I spotted our only prop, a cardboard stage tree, and without an ounce of pride, I walked over and unceremoniously hid behind that tree. As I stood there hidden from view, I experienced the worst bout of stage fright I have ever known.

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10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk

Duarte Blog

The amount of rehearsal time is inversely proportionate to the length of the talk. The shorter the talk, the longer the rehearsal time. In this case, for an 18-minute talk, we took approximately 18 hours to rehearse. Rehearse with a great (honest) communicator.

How to Assess Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

They prepare, rehearse, and get out there over and over. Business Tips Executive Speech Tips Eye Contact Facial Expression Fear of Public Speaking Performance Perseverance Persistance Physical Presence Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Sales Presentations Speaking Tips Speech Preparation Stage Presence Technical Presentations Top Speaking Tips Uncategorized Connection Encore! Nervousness and public speaking go hand-in-hand.

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What gets in the way of presence?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  You’ve got so much to think about – worrying about things going wrong, hoping that things go right – the basics of stage fright.   But the adrenaline behind stage fright can actually help you be more present, because you’re thinking faster, and your senses are on max.  Rehearsal and PreparationWe all know we need that mysterious quality 'presence' when we’re in front of an audience. 

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Skills we can learn from comedians

The Speaker Point

They could just as easily “boo” you off the stage, or worse yet, not laugh. It’s a bit of a paradox, but the more you prepare and rehearse, the easier it is to be spontaneous and in the moment.

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3 Steps for Quick Speech Prep

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Finish this little activity by getting your first couple of lines in your head, so you don’t go blank when you first walk out on stage.  That’s   If you’re quite nervous, or if the effects of adrenaline cause you to wander around the stage, or gesture like a windmill, or speak too fast for human ears to understand, then you need to practice some deep belly breathing before you start.  That Rehearsal and Preparation

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Two Things Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Successful Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And he gives himself stage directions too, noting when he’s supposed to sit, stand, and move.    Rehearsal and PreparationCharles Dickens is 200 today, and in his honor, this blog will explore a little-known side of the great novelist:  his public speaking, and in particular 2 lessons the great Boz still can teach us today.

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What Questions Should You Ask to Prepare a Speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Are there backdrops, sets, stages, props, podia? When can we get in the hall for rehearsal? Rehearsal and PreparationWhat questions should you ask a host or meeting planner when you’re preparing a speech?    Good research means a good understanding of the audience – and that means that you can connect with that audience.    A good connection is the basis of a great speech.    So what do you need to ask your host?

Weird is where the growth happens

More than PowerPoint...

A client was rehearsing her presentation. She stood on stage with her arms crossed in front of her. It’s why we drill and rehearse. I stopped her. Try standing with your palms out,” I told her. She did, then stopped. That feels weird,” she said. Good,” I said. Try it again.”.

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Five Steps to Take to Improve Your Public Speaking This Fall

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Rehearse the emotions of the speech What makes a speech memorable is emotion – it’s the glue that makes memories stick in our minds.    Even the great ones are – Seth Godin once told me that the reason he displayed some awkward body language at a TED speech was that he was thrown off by the unexpected presence of a piano on stage that restricted his room to move. (He   Get a sense of how big it is, and how the stage looks from every seat. 

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The first time

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  I had to structure the speech properly, I had to rehearse, I had to focus on the audience – or I wouldn’t even be taking my own advice.    Chiefly, when I brought a couple of volunteers to the stage to demonstrate some ideas about body language, it took too long to give the volunteers their instructions, and the audience got a bit restive.  The first time you give a speech is exciting, unnerving, and inevitably filled with an awkward moment or two. 

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Preparation – your key to confident public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

During the nervous stages, you can continually reassure yourself that you are prepared and can visualise all the aspects of the successful presentation that you have prepared. Rehearsal is vitally important. Have a dress rehearsal. fear of public speaking public speaking nerves public speaking rehearsal speeches public speaking confidenceOne of the most powerful sources of confidence in public speaking is knowing that you are prepared.

Prepare for public speaking success

Pivotal Public Speaking

Rehearse out loud to reassure yourself you will not forget the main points of your speech. Prepare how you will move, use the stage and gesture. Your speech will improve by 80 percent just from one rehearsal – out loud. Use the rehearsal to develop confidence in your memory. It will be this rehearsal that allows people to think that speaking comes naturally to you, and that you did not rehearse.

Basic Principles of Nonverbal Communications – 8

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Then, rehearse your speech thinking about those emotions as they come up.   Then go out on stage and give the speech.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Principle VIII:   To control the second conversation, you must focus on your emotional intent rather than conscious awareness.

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Public Speaking and the Audience: We've Got a Problem

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

There is the disjunction between the trappings of traditional public speaking—the podium, the large auditorium, the stage, the lighting—and a style of discourse that is now more conversational than declamatory. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Event Planning Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Television Visual Aids

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The Public Speaking Checklist - 10 points to check before you speak

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Check the hall – have you rehearsed in the space?    Do you know what the sound, the lighting, the stage, and the audience perspectives all are?    Have you talked over the choreography of the introduction and how you’re getting on stage or to the front of the room?    Have you rehearsed the speech?  You’re going to give a speech today.    It’s a high-stress time for most of us. 

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My triple Axel moment

Speak Schmeak

Adding in a jump that was missed is penalized now, and most skaters won't do it because of the precise choreography that's rehearsed over and over. By the time the event came around, I was able to tell the story pretty smoothly each time I rehearsed.

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Questions for speakers to ask meeting planners

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Are there backdrops, sets, stages, props, podia? When can we get in the hall for rehearsal? Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Event Planning Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Visual Aids Following is a list of questions that speakers should ask meeting planners in getting ready to speak at an event.    You won't need to ask all of them all the time; the list is meant to give you a broad set of ideas.    A. 

Stop that Stutter: 6 Steps to Overcome Presentation Performance Anxiety

Duarte Blog

They shared that, “The presenter is competent with the material but when presenting gets nervous and begins to stutter on stage” When this message was sent around the agency, I immediately had flashbacks back to my college days. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse.

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The two types of presenter: which are you?

Speaking about Presenting

And they rehearse their presentation – maybe many times in order to ensure that there is no hesitancy and no mistakes. They might think of a few funny stories to tell but they don’t research – and they don’t rehearse. Rehearse and get feedback.

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10 Steps You Can Take Right Now to Improve Your Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Lose the ‘happy feet’ – so many speakers wander around the stage because they’re filled with adrenaline.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Storytelling Visual Aids   Lose the Power Point – when you put up Power Point slides you ask the audience to look at 2 – or 3 – things at once: you, your slides, perhaps a printout of your slides. That’s distracting.

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The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I then used the “rehearse timings” button and delivered the presentation: The Slide Sorter view (above) showed me how long I spent talking on each slide. Rehearsed. I set my visual slides to advance automatically at 15 seconds and started rehearsing.

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