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How to Master Public Speaking (Info Graphic Inside)

Public speaking for many people is the worst human fear. In fact, some statistics show that some people are more afraid of public speaking than they are afraid to die! And because their fear, or phobia shall I say, is so irrational, they are willing to go to great lengths and to sacrifice career and personal opportunities just to avoid it. However, I don’t think that you should resign yourself to it and believe that you simply don’t have the courage (or the genetics) to speak in public. For more on practicing public speaking and getting better at it, see…

How to Give a Speech to a Tough Crowd

I recently had to give a speech to a tough crowd. I had already known that they were a tough group to deal with. But I wasn’t aware that my speech would be last. In fact, my speech was the last in a series of speeches that were delivered at the audience and not to them. People had already begun to leave. They were tired, hungry, anxious and really bored. And the speech I prepared was information packed. It had to be… for the purpose of the subject I was invited to speak about. But the audience had had enough.…

Speaking Exercises – How to Use the Speaking Voice

Everyone is more or less a decent communicator. We all can get our message across both in writing and in speaking and the majority of people will understand what we’re trying to say. That’s all fine. But very few people can move others to take action. Very few people know how to influence others and get more friends. And most people think one is born a good communicator or a bad one. They believe it’s built-in…they believe it’s hardwired and you’re either good or bad. And that’s why they won’t do much to improve this area of their lives. They…

How to Give an Authentic Speech

Speeches are scary. Very few people jump at the opportunity to prepare, practice, and deliver a 30 minute speech to an audience of a few hundred people. It can take you a few weeks to write and prepare a 30 minute speech. And you can drive yourself crazy fussing over sentence structure, voice intonation, and organization. It takes quite a bit of work… and that’s why many people would rather not give a speech at all, except perhaps for introducing the main speaker. But you need not have this attitude toward public speaking. Yes it’s hard, and yes it can…

How to Give a Persuasive Speech (Tip #3 is best)

Giving a persuasive speech and using persuasive words is a critical pre-requisite to success. It allows you to influence people’s degree of belief with respect to the utility and value of your ideas and to motivate them to choose the course of action you desire. This skill, however, doesn’t only benefit marketers and sales people, but also other professionals in leadership positions. In fact, managers, doctors, and educators can tremendously benefit from becoming more persuasive communicators. For example, a teacher can help students realize the importance of writing and cultivate a desire in them to want to improve, a doctor…

Unconventional Ways to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

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“The ability to communicate effectively and persuasively will determine how successful you will be in your life.” These were the very words I was told when I was a freshman in College. The person who said these words to me was an old well-meaning gentleman who was extraordinarily successful. And he said this to me after seeing me hesitantly and anxiously get up to introduce myself at a first-year student orientation. I knew in my heart of hearts that he was absolutely right. While I dreadfully waited for my turn to introduce myself that day, I looked at the other…