Do you have fear of public speaking? Learn why this fear is completely irrational! This course will teach the student how to banish that fear and gain self-confidence not only in public speaking, but in every area of life. This course will introduce you to some simple steps that will change your life - not just your public speaking, but your level of self-confidence and success in any endeavor you undertake. It is through authentic communication, enthusiastic and honest self-presentation, that deals are made, promotions are given and alliances are forged. This course will shatter the mystery surrounding the gripping fear of public speaking and will help you confront this fear and banish it.
Why is public speaking important? Why should we care?
You think you know communication - it is so much more!
Select an uninterrupted slot of time where you can reflect upon your life. In a notebook or computer screen that will be for your eyes only, begin to identify what's holding you back from full expression:
Are you afraid of being laughed at?
Has anyone ever made fun of you?
Is there something specific about public speaking that frightens you?
If so, can you identify it?
There is no need to share this with anyone. You may be surprised to realize that your fears are irrational. Write as much as you are comfortable with, and return to this exercise as often as you like.
Anyone can stand on a soapbox and give a speech; few know how to craft and deliver a powerful speech. Let's learn how.
Consider the short speech you wrote in the previous section. Memorize the opening and close.
Practice delivering the speech, with notes or without. Practice until you are comfortable telling the story from your heart, rather than mouthing the words by rote.
You can hire the most talented speech writers, but it is the delivery that clinches it in the audience's experience. Let's see how that happens.
What portions of the speech should you memorize?
Everyone is evaluated, all the time, by many sources - in the news, in special reports, on social media: from the president of the United States to your child's elementary school teacher. Evaluations are assessments of performance, and can be extremely useful - or very damaging. Let's learn the components of an empowering evaluation.
Watch a news report segment on any topic, and write an evaluation using the following techniques:
1. The "Sandwich" method
2. The "Personal" method
3. Write a "Private" evaluation of a friend. This is not an exercise in fault-finding, but rather should be a constructive critique.
Many years ago, I joined a public speaking group in order to get over my fear of singing in public. I felt terribly self-conscious, and figured that learning public speaking may help me sing in public. In fact, I was petrified of even standing in front of the group! It took me a full year before I mustered the courage to make my introductory speech! That didn't fare well either. I white knuckled my way through the next nine speeches, and by my 10th speech, I had discovered the secret to speaking in public with confidence and without fear. I can even sing in public! I want to help you, the student, identify your fears and help you banish those fears once and for all, getting you to a place of self-confidence and skill the likes of which you never thought was possible, with some very simple secrets that are available to everyone. Come learn some simple tips that will change your life!