Presentation Skills Training for New and Fearful Speakers

If you’re new to presenting, it can be scary. It doesn’t have to be that way, and your fears will subside over time with practice. Although public speaking is America’s top social fear, studies show that you can dramatically decrease your stage fright with preparation. Preparation and practice are key. However, you do not want to be scripted.

overcome fear of public speakingThe goods news is that your audience is rooting for your success. They want to hear your thoughts and they want to learn from you. Even if your presentation delivery skills is not finely tuned like a TV show host, you’ll do fine if you have the right strategies, game plan, and preparation. A poor message delivered incredibly well is still a bad presentation. Conversely, a good message fairly delivered is a good presentation and something to be proud of when done. With the latter, your audience will walk away with valuable insight that only you could give them, and you’ll be one step closer to becoming a great presented.

I can walk you through the steps to properly prepare and how to overcome your fears. Download my guide on six strategies to overcome your fear of presentations.

Read recent blogs about improving Presentation Skills for New Speakers and Those Scared of Public Speaking:

How to Build Self-Confidence in Public Speaking

I’m often asked by audience members, social media followers, and prospective clients about overcoming their fear of public speaking. Other times, the person is not scared, they just don’t know where to start with speaking. They either know presentations are important to their career or hobby (like speaking at church) or they recently received a promotion where they need to speak, so they ask me how to build self-confidence in public speaking. Although building confidence is different than overcoming fear, I regularly see confidence building as the step after overcoming one’s fear. Because once someone’s fear is gone, they want to grow their new found “power” (skill) in speaking. How to Build Self-Confidence in Public Speaking Start Small – You can’t build your confidence sitting on the sidelines, you need to do it. Look for events and associations where you can speak, especially ones with smaller audiences of 8-25 people.Read More »

How Young Professionals Speak to Older Audiences

Today’s workplace has three distinct generations – Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials (and some count the microgeneration “Xennials“). As I’ve mentioned before, public speaking is one of the best ways to portray your expertise and an amazing way to generate new prospective clients, but how is a young professional supposed to speak to older audiences? 9 Keys to Speak to Older Audiences Self-Confidence – First of all, realize that you know things that others do not and you have knowledge to share. You do not need to be near retirement age to be knowledgeable enough for public speaking. For example, TED Talks feature numerous young professionals with strong messages. Speak About What You Know – I always suggest that you should speak about what you know, so you are confident in your message. When you’re younger than most of your audience, this advice is even more crucial because you don’t wantRead More »

Public Speaking is Not Acting

Although public speaking shares some characteristics with acting, the two are not the same. Let’s start with the similarities between public speaking and acting: a stage (and stage fright), maybe a microphone or voice projection, eye contact, potentially props, and definitely an audience (however, the audience is there for different reasons). Your days in drama club don’t go to waste if you’re practicing to become a good speaker, but you can’t rest on your laurels if your background exclusively involves the theater because public speaking is not acting. 7 Reasons Why Public Speaking is Not Acting No Director & No Stage Cues – One of the biggest differences is that most speakers are self-directed and do not have someone telling them what to do and where to stand. Even if you’re using a presentation coach like myself, my role is to guide you through preparing for your presentation, not do yourRead More »

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