What do people fear more than spiders, darkness, heights, flying in airplanes, confined spaces and even death? It’s glossophobia – public speaking or stage fright. An effective public speaker knows how to overcome the anxiety of presenting and deliver the right message. Listen to how to do it.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN FROM SHELLEY BAMBERGER, COMMUNICATION EXPERT
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD PUBLIC SPEAKER? (2:26 in)
In Shelley’s words – The best communicator connects with his or her audience.
Tip – Do your homework to understand what the audience needs and is looking for from you. Then adapt your message to fit those needs.
WHAT COMMUNICATION SKILLS NEED IMPROVING? (5:07 in)
In Shelley’s words – What is it about my message that matters to the audience. The second issue is the overuse of filler words (you know, like, uh, basically, etc.) is only part of the equation.
Tip – Record and critique your presentation to become more aware of filler words. Assess whether your message resonated with the audience. Focus on “You” rather than “I” in the presentation.
WHAT IS IGNORED IN MAKING PRESENTATIONS? (8:50 in)
In Shelley’s words – Practice. You have to do the hard work that’s needed to do well.
Tip – Practice in short spurts, several times before your presentation. You’ll retain more in long term memory.
WHAT MAKES PRESENTATIONS STAND OUT? (10:42 in)
In Shelley’s words – Ask questions. When the audience answers a question the information goes into their long term memory. Tell stories. By telling stories you are in sync with your audience.
Tip – Figure out which kind of question styles and stories may work for the audience you’re addressing.
IS HUMOR NECESSARY? (12:36 in)
In Shelley’s words – I think humor may be over rated. It’s not critical to deliver a message but it can provide an avenue to connect with the audience.
Tip – Don’t tell jokes. Interact with your audience to listen for when they laugh. They may provide a humorous anecdote or story you can capitalize on.
HOW CAN YOU OVERCOME SPEECH ANXIETY? (15:15 in)
In Shelley’s words – An element of fear is good. To control it the answer is square breathing.
Tip – Learn how to increase your oxygen to calm the nerves.