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First step to lower your public speaking anxiety

You have been assigned the task of presenting next month. Your speech date is at least 2 weeks away, but you’re already there, sweating it. What can you do about your nerves? Are the holidays ruined? They don’t need to be. Don’t get me wrong – your concerns are natural. They speak to your desire to .. read more

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3 Ways to Prepare Well for your next Audience

It’s about them, not about you. But only if you make an effort to prepare well. Meaning, thinking about your listeners and how that modifies your message. Most speakers don’t prepare this way. Here’s what can lead to not preparing for your audience. You get called on to inform or persuade a group. What’s your .. read more

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Introvert cure for Black Friday anxiety – online retreat!

Black Friday tends to create explosive behaviors. Those around us show heightened desires for the material, take opportunity to demonstrate aggression and compete with anything from parking spots to places in line at the checkout counter. I used to get stressed with shopping. Window-shopping consistently proved I was out of touch with fashion, either because .. read more

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On November 28th, 2014, posted in: anxiety, Breaking down barriers, breakthrough, inspire, introvert by

What Rehearsing Does for Introverts, Extroverts

You’ve heard the key to speaking well is in preparation, right? Well some think preparation means planning, and only that. Others think planning means coming up with an idea to share. Imagine the following scenario: John shows up ready to speak with his detailed notes in front of him. He has proof that he has .. read more

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Warning: Don’t offer leadership trainings until you read this

Do you require public speaking workshops in your leadership programs? You should. According to Mind Tools, leaders need public speaking skills: “Even if you don’t need to make regular presentations in front of a group, there are plenty of situations where good public speaking skills can help you advance your career and create opportunities. For .. read more

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If you are a slave to public speaking anxiety, re-consider 3 beliefs

It is uncomfortable in the spotlight. This first belief is one very few people would question, especially when it comes to public speaking. Pay attention to the adrenaline that soars through your body when you step up to speak and if you don’t like the feeling, you suddenly feel unprepared or inadequate. Maybe you question .. read more

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You are a Public Speaker When

Most of us consider only the obvious- when we stand up in front of an audience is when we are public speakers. When it comes to how often you publicly speak, think beyond the obvious. You are a public speaker when you have co-workers who seek your input and/or observe you at work you are .. read more

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Get Rid of Public Speaking Fears, Once and For All

“There are three things to aim at: 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 When it comes to speaking well, just like with anything, if we can “get into” it we can not only .. read more

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Rethink anxiety – Imagine loving every minute of public speaking

Our body can’t tell the difference between nervousness and enthusiasm. Naming it is what makes it so. You and I have both been there. Moments before we stand up to speak, adrenaline rushes through our systems. If we are ready and eager to see the result, we call it adrenaline, and we feel excited. But .. read more

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On October 6th, 2014, posted in: adrenaline, anxiety, public speaking by

How to Speak Like You Were Born To

“Make sure you have finished speaking BEFORE your audience has finished listening.” Dorothy Sarnoff Just like you, I really appreciate when speakers keep it simple. By this I mean, when they have few points to make, make them clearly and keep us curious about more. They don’t try to be who they aren’t and say .. read more

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On September 30th, 2014, posted in: adrenaline, affirmation, public speaking, purpose by