Category: Presentation Training


The Importance Of Getting To “F*ck It”

It’s not uncommon to work with a client who feels particularly anxious about delivering a practice talk in front of their peers and whose early practice talks feel too restrained to be effective.

When that happens, we provide coaching intended to build their confidence. We might encourage the trainee to incorporate a new technique, try a new hook, or to abandon their slides and speak extemporaneously.

But while that approach works for most people, it didn’t get three of our clients where we wanted them to be. That’s when an interesting moment occurred for each of them.


Three Physical Exercises To Help Reduce Your Speaking Anxiety

In the first four parts of our series about reducing the fear of public speaking, we focused primarily on creating a new public speaking mindset.

In this final post, we’ll shift the focus to three physical exercises — slow breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and aerobic exercise — that have been scientifically proven to be effective anxiety reducers.

I hope these tips help to build your confidence, reduce your stress, and make you (gasp!) enjoy the speaking experience.


Four More Ways To Reduce Public Speaking Fear

In the latest post in our series on reducing the fear of public speaking, you’ll learn four great strategies to help you feel more comfortable when you hit the stage.

You’ll learn how to rewrite automatic thoughts, reappraise your fear as a more positive feeling, contextualize your fear, and flip the formula to adopt a service-oriented mentality.

All four strategies might resonate for you. Maybe just one or two will. Read on, pick the ones that work for you, and get ready to use them in your next presentation.


Two Ways To Reduce Public Speaking Fear

How can you shift from being an anxious public speaker to a more confident one?

For most speakers, the best way to create a positive speaking mindset comes down to the three Ps: preparation, practice and presenting experience.

But there are other useful techniques and perspective shifts that can help you manage your public speaking anxiety, and this post will focus on two: managing the pernicious “imposter syndrome” and creating a positive counterbalance.

How To Reduce Public Speaking Fear Part Two

The Public Speaking Mind-Body Connection

If you’re feeling joyous, there’s a good chance you’re smiling. If you’re feeling sad, you might be wearing a slight frown with downcast eyes and maybe even a few tears.

None of that is surprising. But what if the opposite was true? What if we were not feeling happy but forced ourselves to smile anyway? Could that facial adjustment—whether genuine or not—help transform our mood and “trick” our brains into thinking we’re happier than we really are?

Several fascinating studies say ‘yes.’ Here’s how to take advantage of that as a speaker.

How To Reduce Public Speaking Fear Part One

An Introduction to Public Speaking Fear

If you’ve experienced public speaking anxiety, you’re far from alone. A 2001 Gallup poll found that 40 percent of Americans reported a fear of public speaking. But those numbers don’t tell the full story: most people’s public speaking anxiety is normal and, in many cases, helpful.

Given that anxiety is a common and frequently useful response, your goal shouldn’t be to eliminate your fear of public speaking. Reducing and managing anxiety are more realistic and productive goals that will help you feel more comfortable and prevent your body language from “leaking” distress signals to your audience that you didn’t intend to communicate.


The Question That Completely Reset One Public Speaker

I recently worked with a speaker who was planning to deliver an upcoming speech from a script.

He delivered several practice rounds, each followed by video playback and specific feedback. Although he was improving around the edges, the talk was still coming across as too flat to accomplish his goals.

My feedback wasn’t having the desired effect. Fortunately, I had a sudden moment of inspiration, in the form of a question, which led to a breakthrough moment.

Smartphone mapping while in car

Public Speaking, Lady Google, And Wrong Turns

Whenever we go on a family trip, we activate the Google Maps navigation feature, which announces to us, step by step, where we should go.

The voice-activated feature is a highlight of any trip for our four-year-old son, who looks forward to hearing each new instruction. He’s taken to calling the kind voice “Lady Google”—and it’s a nickname that’s stuck for our entire family.

I was recently driving to a presentation training in a new city when I made a wrong turn. As she does so brilliantly, Lady Google almost instantly re-routed my trip. And in doing so, she led me to a key public speaking tip.

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