Fear of Speaking
This video discusses some benefits and expectations of Speakers Training. We’ll take a brief look at “Public Speaking” vs “Speaking in Public” which is not the same thing. While not everyone wants to be a Professional Speaker, many people would like to Speak at public Events without feeling self-conscious, embarrassed, sweaty, or ill. You might feel that Speakers Training of any kind can’t possibly help you… I’ve got news for you! If you really… [Read more…] about Show#25- “Speaker Training-How to Choose”
Body Movement can be Distracting and this video demonstrates my point. Ms. Johanna Blakley, delivers a TED Presentation on “Women & Social Media”. What caught my attention early on, was the lengthy amount of time the video spends focused on her Slides. Usually a TED Presentation will focus on the Presenter. I didn’t believe that was her intention and I wondered how did that happen? Then, as I viewed her Presentation I began to… [Read more…] about Body Movement can be Distracting.
Speaking Distractions You Can eliminate!
You can learn to control umm & ahh Distractions. You really should learn to control or eliminate them. Their frequent use seems to be a chronic, “impossible to overcome” habit for many Speakers. And, this habit is often caused by stress or anxiety. So it’s simply a speaking habit You developed at some early point, and now you’re unaware of it? Well Yes, often Speakers are unaware that they do this and they actually have become comfortable with it. But with Awareness, Training, & Practice, You’ll soon learn to control umm & ahh distractions. Actually for you, they’re placeholders filling in empty space. In most instances, You can successfully eliminate them. You’ll learn to be comfortable with quiet moments and begin to see the value of “Quiet”. Now that’s good news! In the accompanying…
“Can I Avoid Looking Foolish When I Speak?”
Are you usually worried about Looking foolish or feeling self-conscious when you’re about to participate in a conversation, meeting or other event? In fact you may feel so anxious or stressed that you don’t even try to join the conversation. You really want to…but you just can’t take a chance. Well, this is a very common feeling that affects about 60-70% of Americans, who in fact don’t even try to participate, advocate, communicate, or educate in a group environment. Big loss for the rest of us… but,
If you can identify with that issue, those feelings, you can get control of it …[Read More]
and they are not the same thing.
RSA a British Organization is similar to TED in the US.
Richard Thaler, a University of Chicago Professor must Overcome the “umm” habit. The “umm” habit distracts from his message. Here he speaks at an RSA event. Watch his Presentation and you’ll see what I mean. For students of Speaking….
verbal place holders like umm & ahh are space fillers. Although they’re frequently heard in Speeches & Presentations, they are avoidable. They will annoy some of your audience. They will drive some of your audience to disconnect from your message and discourage attentive, Active listening. In fact if the “umm” habit is very prevalent in your Presentations you may drive some listeners to their cell phones. So, the bottom line of this Speaking advice is to encourage you to take action to Overcome the “umm” habit:
1st, I encourage you to recognize that you actually have this “umm” habit. Next, seek out a secure Learning environment where you can take risks. The solution is simple really. Unfortunately many people think it’s difficult and so they continue to avoid the un-learning, re-learning experience. This is a good moment to become friends with your cell phone video as your re-training partner. Speak, record, view. Repeat several times: Record, watch, review. Do this several times a week. You can overcome the “umm” habit and you’ll be better off for it. So will your Presentations.
2nd, Combine your new habit with the renewed Confidence you’ve developed and Present them at every opportunity. You might not begin by giving a Keynote address at a major Event. But, begin small and work-out & work-up. See my show on Volunteer activity which serves many good purposes. It’s a perfect place to begin, and you will be a Welcomed individual.
The Solution: Planning, Preparation, & Practice will help You resolve this Distracting issue. The Result: Attracting and keeping the attention & involvement of Your Audience.
~Want more Solutions for this issue? see Show# 24.
Being aware of Your distracting Speaking Habits
is the 1st step to Your improvement.
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