Increasing Self-Confidence Through Public Speaking
What you'll learn
- Introduction to Public Speaking and developing greater self confidence through the public speaking process
What comes first, enough self confidence to get up on stage and talk; or getting up on stage and building self confidence through experience? Well, both...err, and neither! You see, behavioral sciences have no definite answers, only suggestions and point to ponder along the path to enlightenment.
Do you want a tad more self confidence in speaking in public? How about a tad more self confidence in general? Shh, you don't have to answer out loud. Would you like a few more psychological tips, tricks and techniques to elevate your public speaking to even great heights? If you answer YES to any or all of these questions, then this course is for you! For the price of a few cups of coffee, I am confident that you will take away several high impact and career trajectory changing ideas that, if applied with enthusiasm and positivism, will transform your way of thinking and your life!
I am humbled that you have read this far, and even more so that you are considering taking this course. Thank you in advance for your enthusiastic support!
All the best to you...
Biagio "Bill" Sciacca
Lesson 1: Introduction
A brief introduction to the Public Speaking Course,
An introduction to your Facilitator
The format of course
What’s in it for you, when you finish
Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm
Never stop learning
Public speaking is a leadership skill
Lecture 2: Building Personal Self Confidence Through Better Speaking
Why Public Speaking is Super-Important!
The nature of comfort zones
Self confidence and belief
You get better at what you teach
Lecture 3: Overcoming Your Fear Of Public Speaking
Understanding that fear does not exist, except in your mind!
Fear is a state of mind
Fear is not eradicated, it is left behind
The replacement of fear is courage
Lecture 4: How to translate fear into excitement
Turn your fear into passion
Thoughts are things
You can get excited about anything you desire
Your audience translates your enthusiasm into theirs
Lecture 5: Using Pre-Visualization to transform the fear
Pre-visualization, Visualization and Affirmations to allow your speaking skills to soar
Daily centering and affirmations
Visualizing just before the event
What this process does for you beyond public speaking
Lecture 6: Plan for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
What's the worst that can happen?
The parent of any action is a thought
How ideas can make your shine
Ask second and third level questions to prepare for your talk
Don’t stop asking until there are no more answers
Lecture 7: Writing Content for your Speech
Impact, not fluff!
Over prepare! 45 minutes of material for a 30 minute talk
Distill to 30 minutes
Think about your slide deck (if any)
Summaries and takeaways
Lecture 8: Common mistakes when speech writing (and how to correct them)
Knowing what to avoid well before you are at the podium
Not coming to a logical conclusion
Deriving weak conclusions
Lecture 9: How To Start Your Speech - Part 1
Positive triggers to motivate your audience
You only have 20 seconds for the audience to make a listening decision
Begin with the end
Tell a story
Throw down a challenge
Get them emotional (Angry, sad, happy, etc.)
Humor (More on that in an upcoming lesson)
Lecture 10: How To Start Your Speech - Part 2
Go over your bio with the person introducing you
Walking out on stage
Practice before hand of you can
Never leave to chance that which can be prepared!
Lecture 11: Establishing Credibility
When you are on the stage, YOU are the brand
How to reduce relationship tension in public speaking
Get your audience to do something
Tell them WHY they should listen to you. Why are you the “expert”
Lecture 12: Making a Personal Connection
Being face to face with your audience and making them think you are talking to each of them.
Get to know a few people before hand
Ask the organizer for any individuals in the audience of notoriety
Off congratulations to anyone receiving awards
Off celebratory notes for birthdays, anniversaries, children’s accomplishments
Get to know a few of the people in the back row. Call them out
Lecture 13: Making eye contact
Your eyes can make your presentation rock!
The position of your eyes is very important
Engage as many participants as possible visually
If you can leave the stage, do it!
Lecture 14: Voice tonality / inflection
Use your voice as an influential tool
Vocal variation makes your talk interesting
Lecture 15: Storytelling
Audiences love when you roll up your sleeves and show them your scars
Plan your stories in advance
Make sure they have a moral
If you don’t have a story of your own, borrow (the bridge)
Use another story to ground the first story
Lecture 16: Humor
Make your audience feel at ease (any you too!)
Why humor works
What to do when humor doesn’t work
Make it appropriate
Take chances and risks in your communications
Self Deprecation - but only to a point
Lecture 17: Body language
Position yourself for success
Stances that signify power
Stances that signify acquaintances
Facial expressions that mean business
Formal vs. informal: you CAN vacillate
Lecture 18: Crafting Dramatic Endings
Make sure they remember
Did you mention the end in your beginning?
A call to action
A story with a moral
A question for the audience to ponder
Lecture 19: Are people listening to you or watching your hands?
Formal vs informal: revisited
The classic facilitation position
Lecture 20: Knowing What Your Goal Is - Part 1
Begin with the end in mind
What is a S.M.A.R.T.(T.) Goal?
Lecture 21: Knowing What Your Goal Is - Part 2
Begin with the end in mind
How to link goals to your talk
Break the goals down
Lecture 22: Staying Within the Limits - Relevance
Ah, but I digress! NOT!
How not to exceed your time
How not to exceed your scope
What to do if you are crunched for time
Lecture 23: Silence is Golden - When to Shut Up and Listen
Shh. Listening to build credibility and rapport.
Questions are the answer
Listen for understanding, not responding
Can you talk while you listen? Sure. Here’s how.
Lecture 24: Monroe’s Motivated Sequence
A great speaking planning tool
Lecture 25: Advanced Concepts
Mind Mapping as a Planning Tool:
Thinking like your mind looks
Mind Mapping Basics
How to practice Mind Mapping with goals
Alternative to Mind Mapping: Storyboarding
Lecture 26: Advanced Concepts: 4 Misconception of Public Speaking
Don’t do these
Fear of public speaking may stop me from speaking
I don’t need to check out the room and equipment beforehand
Short presentations can be “off the cuff”
You don't need to know who I am, let’s get started
Lecture 27: Advanced Concepts: 4 More Misconceptions of Public Speaking
Using a podium to command respect
Will I always be nervous?
Your finish is more important than your start
Slide decks are a distraction. Just talk!
Lecture 28: Advanced Concepts: Differences Between Adult and Children's Audiences
Know your audiences demographics
How children remember: Impact learning vs. spaced repetition
Adult percentages of retention
Synthesis and speaking: pace can be everything
Lecture 29: Advanced Concepts: Handling Q&A and the Pain in the Ass Participant
Looking polished and professional
The parking lot
Tell them up front
If you have a break, tell them then
NEVER lose your cool, on purpose
Lecture 30: Advanced Concepts: What Being A Better Public Speaker Can do For You
Now go get ‘em tiger...Grrrr…
A farewell and a motivational sendoff
Who this course is for:
- Individuals that wish to gain self-confidence with public speaking
I am a flexible, versatile leader with a history of personally building successful businesses ranging from a chain of doughnut and ice cream franchises, to multiple businesses in the automotive/car care industry.
I’m known as a highly skilled motivator and talented team player, as well as a dynamic public speaker, an astute executive and leader, and a gifted teacher and published author. I have decades of experience managing a sales/marketing organization as well as the profit and loss of divisions and entire organizations; negotiations, new business development, project management, strategy, business planning.
Through speaking, training, consulting and writing, I deliver:
• Thought-provoking information delivered in an easily digested format.
• More than motivation – when sterile knowledge just doesn’t get the blood flowing.
• Goal setting and personal leadership - infusing into the corporate culture.
• Strategic planning and help implementing strategic management.
• Supervisory / management / executive education.
• Sales / sales management / customer service education.
• Top Tier Business Speaker and Trainer
• Natural Motivator
• Strong Relationship Builder
• Accomplished Executive Manager / Marketer
• Creative and Successful Leader