Public speaking keeps most people awake at night. You were flattered when they invited you to speak, you know its good for the company and for your profile. But now, you’ve got that anxious feeling and a cloud of dread following you around. Here are 7 tips to keep you feeling cool in the run up to that podium moment...





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Written by kvereecke
3546 days ago

I'm a huge fan of making it interactive. Maybe not your entire presentation, people did come to hear you not the audience, but interacting with people in the audience ALWAYS calms me done. It makes them immediately human, and less threatening.

Great tips!



Written by Kathyreeves
3546 days ago

Thanks for the comment. Interactive is great, it gives you time to think and often can give you a good idea what the group is taking away from your speech.



Written by businessavante
3546 days ago

Hi Kathy.

I think I get where you're coming from (i.e. trying to be funny rather than insensitive), but things like serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (Prozac), Tourettes syndrome, and incontinence are real problems (or solutions in the case of the SRI) that people who suffer from them must in reality deal with on a daily basis. In the old days, fat jokes & ethnic humor were "in", too.

The advice was very good.

Duncan

Duncan



Written by Kathyreeves
3546 days ago

Gosh Duncan, I apologise to anyone I might have offended. I'll vet my humour more carefully next time. Thanks for making me aware.



Written by saraib820
3546 days ago

Sensitivity,

One of my favorite attributes.

R.



Written by saraib820
3546 days ago

All good points Duncan with which I agree completely. I couldn't imagine living one hour as a person with Tourettes. I don't think I have the courage or strength that people with it seem so capable of displaying.

Rivkah



Written by yoni67
3546 days ago

BTW: I take Cipralex which is an SRI thingy. Someone along the way thought it might knowck my happiness up a notch. I guess it works. I'm pretty happy.



Written by yoni67
3546 days ago

You are a good man Duncan and you are a sensitive soul.



Written by HeatherStone
3547 days ago

Hi Kathy,

Public speaking is one of those things where, in my opinion, it really depends upon the venue. Speaking in front of people sometimes makes me a bit nervous but I usually just do it by the seat of my pants. This, of course, is in small settings. I haven't been asked to speak in front of a really large group, so I'm not sure what would happen there.



Written by Kathyreeves
3546 days ago

Thanks for the comment Heather. Its great if you can wing it when speaking, people recognize authenticity and I'm sure enjoy your spontaneity. You're luck you can do it that way.



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