Some Quick Relaxes

One of the keys to overcoming my fear of public speaking and controlling my stutter, was the ability to quickly relax. While I spent considerable time learning different relaxation techniques and deep breathing methods, ultimately it was the quick 15 to 30 second relaxes that I could call upon instantly, that became most valuable to me. As you are waiting …

Wedding Speeches

With my daughter’s wedding happening today, I thought I would give some tips on wedding speeches. And as public speaking trainer and coach, all the members of the bridal party have asked my advice on how to structure their speeches and what they should say? My advice was always, what is you core message, what one thing do you want …

Learn To Relax – Just a Little

I have previously written about the role anxiety plays when public speaking and how when you do your “anxiety reality check” you are in fact looking twice as good, to your audience, than you think you are. Your self-perception is always twice as harsh as it needs to be. Now even if you are anxious and nervous and the audience …

Know your audience

When I speak about preparing to get ready for a presentation, one of the 3 levels of preparation that I always get people to focus on is to “know your audience”. Get as much information as you can about the audience and then you can ensure that the content is targeted, you dress at the right level, and all material …

More Mistakes When Speaking – 6 to 10

6. Ending with question time – never end with questions. Take questions before you conclude, wrap up question time and then conclude strongly and stop talking. You want to leave them with your powerful take home message, not some contentious or irrelevant question asked by an audience member. 7. Speaking to your PowerPoint Slides – the PowerPoint slides are to …

Common Mistakes When Public Speaking – 1 to 5.

1. Not being fully prepared – notes out of order, PowerPoint not working, rushing or running late, DVD not compatible with the laptop provided, insufficient hand outs. 2. Apologising for things unnecessarily – sorry I don’t know the answer to that – sorry for my change of topic; if you don’t know the answer or have to change your topic, …