This simple trick curbs public speaking anxiety

Focus on them. Moments before we begin our presentation, we commonly get anxious – this happens to most speakers, regardless of their preparation and experience. So although the directive – focus on them – seems like it would amplify the nerves, it doesn’t. When we focus on ourselves during anxiety-driven circumstances like public speaking, our mind .. read more

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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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Get Out of Your Head

Has this happened to you? You step forward to give a presentation to a group, and moments before you begin you start to question yourself. “Do I have what they want?” “Have I forgotten something?” “Am I right for this?” If you’re an introvert, I know this has happened to you. Truth is, if you .. read more

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On August 19th, 2014, posted in: focus, meaning, value by

Is Introversion Holding You Back from Speaking?

Some of the most powerful speakers are introverts.  Perhaps you’ve already heard of introvert Susan Cain or seen her TED talks about her book, Quiet.  She is a powerful speaker and so are other introverts. President Obama, Matt Lauer, David Letterman, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters all speak and respond well. In the tech world Jonathon Colman .. read more

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On July 21st, 2014, posted in: focus, purpose by

Avoid “if all else fails”. Rehearse!

They say, “if all else fails, read instructions.” In essence, get a preview of what to expect when you attempt something, especially after you don’t get what you expected. When it comes to speaking in public, doing so without first rehearsing is inviting “all else” to “fail”. Do you really want that “when all else fails” .. read more

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When to think about your presentation audience

Many speakers focus all their pre-speech time on brainstorming, selecting and organizing the ideas and details on what they find most important about a topic. Whether they bring unique or already-prepared messages to their audiences, often the only focus they have is in what they want to say. That’s when they get in their own .. read more

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Get Clear

Once you are clear about your practice, commit it to writing and passionately communicate it to those inside and out. Michael Gerber, The E-Myth Attorney   It took me several years to get clarity about my business focus. After I moved on from teaching high school speech, communication and theatre, I entered an exploratory phase .. read more

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On February 25th, 2013, posted in: attorneys, commit, focus by

Keep the Fire Going

I have spent the past few weeks on the topic of vision with clients. Point being, when we connect to our vision, we remember our motivation. And with motivation, we prioritize and commit to our actions despite the barriers that get in our way. Having difficulty focusing on your vision right now? Let’s take 60 seconds .. read more

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On January 15th, 2013, posted in: focus, purpose by

What You See is What You Get

It pays to decide on attainable yet edgy goals, and it really pays to write them down. This focus leads us to steady progress. Already I know I have 4  months that will exceed my goals for next year, and my current focus is to get the other 8 months in line. Yet when I .. read more

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On December 4th, 2012, posted in: action, focus, goals by 1 Comment

Sit still.

Stop the busy-ness. Sit still. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Now think about the folks you really enjoy talking to, hanging out with or listening to. Are you smiling? If not, would you be, if you really stopped the busy-ness? Earlier this week I wrote about what motivates us to respond to invitations,  as well .. read more

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On November 14th, 2012, posted in: affirmation, calm, downtime, energy, focus by