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Public Speaking for the Terrified!

Top 10 Fears in Public Speaking and How to Overcome Them
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Created by Lindy Irving
Last updated 10/2015
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The Public Speaking for the Terrified course is a complete beginners guide, and is aimed at novice speakers, and/or anyone who is terrified at the thought of speaking in public. The course is designed to take you from being terrified of giving a presentation, to feeling confident and in control when public speaking.

In the course, we have taken the Top 10 Fears in Public Speaking, and are giving you all the tools and techniques you need to allow you to overcome these fears.

The course is taught over a series of 20 talking head videos (total 4+ hours of video). There's a lecture covering the psychology of feeling nervous, a lecture introducing Brain Training, and a lecture on the 3P Model of Speaking Success. This is followed by 10 lectures, each one dealing with a different fear in Public Speaking and more importantly, giving you the practical and psychological tools you need to beat these fears. There are also 3 separate Brain Training lectures, and a bonus lecture on "What to Do if Things Go Wrong". This really is a complete course on "How to" in Public Speaking, with lots of great public speaking tips.

There is also a PDF to accompany each lecture, as well as a set of printable Brain Training cards so that students can print off the material and use it when, and as it suits them.

Why should you take this course?

Because the trick to being a good public speaker is about being able to demonstrate 2 things: CONFIDENCE and CONTROL... and this course will show you how to do both. By the end of the course you will be able to put together and a powerful and engaging presentation, and deliver it with confidence and style.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who are terrified of speaking in public
  • Students
  • Anyone who is very nervous when speaking in public
  • Novice speakers who want to improve their skills
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What Will I Learn?
Overcome Your Fear of Speaking in Public
Be able to give a presentation in any environment
Design an effective and engaging presentation
Connect with any audience
Understand the Do's and Don'ts of PowerPoint
Control nerves before and during a presentation
Structure a presentation so that the audience can follow it clearly
Be able to give a presentation without using Ah's and Um's
Make eye contact with the audience
Take control of the Question and Answer session
Feel like a more confident public speaker
Know How to Achieve Credibility as a Speaker
Use Body Language Effectively
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  • No prior knowledge needed, just a willing attitude :-)
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 04:22:46
Start Here
2 Lectures 17:12

In this short introductory lecture, as well as being introduced to your instructor (me!), we have a quick overview of the Introduction to the Public Speaking course, as well information on additional lectures that have been added since the promotional video.

Preview 03:03

In this lecture we go through the Top 10 Fears in Public Speaking to give the student an overview of each lecture in the course, as well as what the goals and outcomes of each of these lectures will be.

Preview 14:09
Psychology of Nerves, Brain Training & the 3P Model
3 Lectures 49:44

In this fascinating lecture we look at the psychology behind nerves, giving the student a unique insight into what is actually happening in the body when we feel nervous. Research shows that by understanding the psychology of fear, we are much better placed in being able to overcome it.

Let's Talk About Nerves

In this lecture we have a look at the 3P Model of Speaking Success, a simple but powerful framework for designing & delivering presentations. By following this method, students will be able to put together a presentation for any purpose, and deliver it with confidence and style.

The 3P Model of Successful Speaking

In this lecture we introduce you to the power of Brain Training in overcoming fear and becoming a successful public speaker. The lecture takes the students through the psychology of Brain Training, as well as providing the practical steps to allow the student to practice and benefit from this powerful method.

Brain Training for Speaking Success
Top 10 Fears in Public Speaking & How to Overcome Them
13 Lectures 03:03:53

In this lecture we look at the fear of forgetting what you are saying during your presentation. We begin by looking at, Tolerating Uncertainty, and then go on to provide the practical techniques you can use to make sure this fear doesn't become a reality.

Fear 1: "I'll forget what to say"

The lecture takes the students through an exercise in Brain Training, related to the fear of forgetting your material. The exercise provides the practical steps to allow the student to practice and benefit from this powerful method.

Brain Training 1

In this lecture we will be looking at a fear many speakers have - the fear that the audience won't understand the presentation, or the message, and so firstly we talk through this fear and then give the student a model to put together their presentation in a way that makes sure an audience will be able to follow, and engage with the performance from start to finish.

Fear 2: "The audience won't understand my presentation"

In this lecture we are looking at the use of filler words (Ah's and Um's) in public speaking. and how the student can overcome using these.

Fear 3: "I don't know how to stop using Ah's and Um's"

The lecture takes the students through an exercise in Brain Training, related to the fear of using filler words. The exercise provides the practical steps to allow the student to practice and benefit from this powerful method.
Fear 3: Brain Training

In this lecture we look at how you can write your presentation in accordance with the time allotted, and how you can make sure you do not run over your time on the day.

Fear 4: "I'll go over my time"

In this lecture we look at the Do's and Don'ts of using Visual Aids, including PowerPoint.

Fear 5: "PowerPoint won't work"

Many speakers fear that an audience might be bored with their presentation, and so in this lecture we look at how to put your presentation together in such a way that the audience stays engaged and interested throughout.

Fear 6: "The audience will be bored"

In this lecture we look at body language and how you can use it to your advantage. We also look at nervous energy, and how you can channel it into giving an enthusiastic and energetic performance.

Lecture 7: "I move around too much"

A Brain Training exercise to help you manage your nervous energy.

Fear 7: Brain Training

In this lecture we look at the fear of not being able to use eye contact with an audience. This lesson provides the tools and techniques a student needs to allow them to be able to improve their eye contact skills.

Fear 8: "I can't use eye contact"

In this lecture we look at credibility and the fear of feeling that the audience will think you are not qualified enough to be giving a presentation. In the lesson we show you how to eradicate this fear, and how to ensure that the student builds credibility into their presentation and performance.

Fear 9: "The audience will think I'm not qualified enough"

In this lecture we look at the Question and Answer session in public speaking and how any speaker can ensure they take control and remain in control throughout.

Fear 10: "What if I get asked a question I don't know how to answer?"
Bonus Lecture: What to Do if Things Go Wrong
1 Lecture 10:19

In this bonus lecture we provide hints, tips and techniques that students can use during a presentation, should things go wrong.

1 Lecture 01:38

In this lecture we say a fond farewell :-)

Closing Lecture
About the Instructor
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Award Winning Speaker, Trainer & Coach

Lindy Irving is a lecturer in Essential & Core Skills at Edinburgh College in the UK, as well as an award winning Speaker, Trainer & Coach.

Lindy has designed and delivered Training Programs and Presentations for organizations such as the BBC, NHS, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh Business School, BAYT (Middle East), Healthcare Conferences UK, British Dental Health Foundation, SHARE, Motorola, NBF (National Bank of Fujairah), 3W Networks, Coach 2 Deliver, Apex Training & Development, Belfast City Council, VSS Belfast, Bridge of Hope, Belfast and South Lanarkshire NHS and JET2.

Lindy has won a number of Public Speaking contests, including runner-up in 2009 UK & Ireland Public Speaking Championships - Evaluation Contest, and was recently a 2015 TEDx speaker with her powerful speech "Holy Black Dog Batman! Superheroes vs Stigma".

Lindy is a fully certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner having trained in both the UK & USA, holds an MA (Hons) Psychology from the University of Glasgow, and is currently completing a Masters degree in Mental Health Recovery & Social Inclusion.

Previous positions held include: Director at LindyIrving Training & Development, Training Manager Apex Training & Development, Radio Presenter for Celtic Music Radio and President of Toastmasters International - Southside Speakers Public Speaking Club. Lindy has appeared on the BBC, Sky Living, STV and in a number of UK newspapers and magazines.

Lindy currently spends her time travelling between the UK, Middle East and Asia.

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