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Getting the Butterflies to Fly in Formation When You Speak

Thursday, September 3, 2009  at 8:59 AM
Do you panic when you have to present or speak in public? A few weeks ago, I worked with a young man who was petrified to speak to a large group. For most of us, our fear of public speaking is caused by a fear of exposure. See if this sounds like you before you speak:

“I am totally exposed. What I say or don’t say, and how I say it, will be used against me. I am afraid to show people who I really am because they may not like what they see, and it’s all I have.”


Here are five tips to help you manage your fear of public speaking:


1. Get a new attitude. All communication is a one-to-one conversation.


2. Most people want us to succeed.


3. Breathe!


4. Face your fears. Just do it.

5. Know your subject and practice!

2 comments:

Elizabeth Bridgers said...

Dear Randy

This is so true. I remember a tip given to me when I was a very young executive getting ready to present to a large bunch of very imposing businessmen. She reminded me that I was being asked to speak and present because I was the expert. That was a huge moment for me - I AM the expert when I'm in front of a crowd. That doesn't mean I have to be pompous but there is a reason I've been asked to speak and it's that the audience WANTS to hear my perspective or knowledge on a given subject. That little light bulb going off took the fear out of public speaking/presenting for me.

Randy Siegel said...

Great thought, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing!