Fear of Speaking
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Hollywood, Speaking Events, & Business Presentations have a lot in common.They deliver a ‘Performance’. Now, this idea might surprise many new and even some seasoned Speakers. But the key point to keep in mind is this: Speaking is a learnable skill. Like any Learnable Skill, people can learn to “Perform it” very well. Speaking Events of many sizes, Causes & Purposes are available to the Speaker, who has a Message to share. That could be You.
Hollywood hires a Actor to act & Speak like someone else. But learning Acting skills can take years of study, constant practice, then taking chances to look good or bad. Well, Speaking & Presenting to an audience can also be learned. Yes, it too requires learning new skills, practice, and taking chances, but it can be accomplished in a much shorter time than becoming “Hollywood” ready.
But remember, you get to be Yourself, not a character in a script. Speaking is an easier challenge to manage. Most of the Clients I’ve worked with in the US & Japan do very well. They’re usually surprised at how Confident they feel as they become more skillful as a Speaker. If you want to share a Message, a Passion, or a Skill, you can as a Speaker. Now,
Let’s consider some good advice from a HollyWood Star. It just might help you become a better Speaker & Presenter.
I won’t spoil the surprise… you’ll just have to Watch and Discover for yourself the character who offered this smart advice to Speakers. When you’re finished watching, take a look at Show#19.
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To Read a Speech or to not Read a Speech is a question many people ask themselves when facing the task of presenting information to any group large or small, business, professional, academic or pleasure. What to do?
Generally, my opinion is that only under very special circumstances should you read a Speech or Presentation. But if you must, and…
A Speakers Preparation is KEY to a successful event, so here’s a bit of Advice: your Preparation might read something like this: Use this or that software, Powerpoint, Keynote or something?? to create your slides & images. But be careful of the number of Words per slide, not too many it can be confusing… maybe not text at all, only an image…or maybe an image with some text… that’s cool!, and the advice continues, it always continues as does the confusion it leaves behind, well…
How about your Font size & Color? That too can make a big difference. Then there’s bullet-points: should you use them or maybe not?? … and if you do use them, how many per slide? and what kind of Bullet: star, dot, square? should it be the same color as the font…or not? Bigger, smaller…It gets pretty crazy after awhile and if it’s true that a Speakers Preparation really is key, is the place where it all begins and finally comes together, then Why are so many Presentations considered Dreadful by the Audience?
Well, sure there’s a library of guide books and websites with tons of “free” information available to you. But after all is said-and-done, generally, most Powerpoint shows fail to inspire, that’s correct. Powerpoint Presentations not only fail to inspire, they regularly are written off by the audience as a waste of time. Failing to inspire support, to make the sale, and not changing opinions. Yikes!!
So, With that in mind, you’d better get good at your image/video Presentation, or as a creative alternative, I thought I’d toss in this interesting idea for you to consider:
Instead of preparing your next Presentation as a Presentation,
Prepare it as You would prepare a Speech. Hmmm, interesting idea,
but How does that work?
Want to know why & how? Watch this Show.
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