When it comes to public speaking, people who stutter have a really hard time. Add stress connected with public speaking, and you may look at a disaster. But does it really have to be so? Isn’t there a way to prevent changes in voice pitch, stuttering, and general nervousness while we speak in public. Fortunately, there is a way. Memorization. Yes, just that. Not having the text written on a few sheets of paper, but memorizing it will help you speak much more fluently and naturally even if you normally stutter in such situations.
The secret to great presentation training is that you, the speaker, should move in addressing your audience: your audience should not. You will discover that your ability to move, just as if you were in conversation in your living room, will create immediate intimacy with your listeners. Making eye contact with them, smiling, and speaking with emotion will further that intimacy. They, in turn, will be so caught up in listening to you that they will not move. The coughing, the sneezing, and the restlessness will not occur because you will have them riveted to their seats.
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I donated a year of my time to serve on the editorial committee for Speaker Magazine, published by the National Speakers Association. My job was to author a monthly column where I interview people that book professional speakers. A point that frequently is made by these people is that they want a speaker that will ENGAGE their meeting attendees.
If you are thinking that you can learn how to overcome fear of public speakings overnight, you are in a dream world. It takes more than a miracle trust me! There are a lot of scams and bogus products out there that promise the moon and don’t deliver what they say they will. They prey on the emotions of people who are scared to death of giving speeches and want to get over their fear of public speakings as soon as they possibly can. Of course, it can be done in a short period of time, just not as short as some people would like (one day, two days…).
Develop a speech that you can give on a moment’s notice. This is known as your keynote speech, and should be general enough to give in front of most audiences. It should also be about one hour long, so that you can add a question and answer portion to the end to make it longer or eliminate one or two of your key points to make it a little bit shorter.
You may even discover you have much to share, seeking out ever larger audiences. That’s what happened to me, and I’ve found a bigger voice has helped me to have a much more effective and meaningful life.