I have worked with top-level leaders at Gillette, Duracell, Procter and Gamble, and many other corporations. Over the years my Speech Coaching has included tips about stage fright–because every leader needs to attain poise in order to become persuasive.
In the 2-minute video that’s available above, I give my favorite tip for controlling your stage fright. Keep this tip in mind next time you face an audience.
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Do you wish you had more confidence when you faced an audience? Then read the advice I gave to a member of my audience.
QUESTION FROM AN AUDIENCE MEMBER
When I ended my hour-long seminar about the best language to use with customers, I asked the participants “Anybody have any questions?”
Without hesitation, one person spoke up. “Nobody would call me shy,” she said, “at least not in a one-on-one conversation. But when it comes to giving a speech, it’s impossible for me to face a group with any confidence at all. Can you offer just one quick tip that will help me overcome my fear of public speaking?”
MY ANSWER ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT CONTROL
I answered: “My best advice is to have a conversation with your audience. You’re comfortable talking with one person. That same down-to-earth, easygoing, poised attitude and approach will work whether you are sharing your thoughts with one listener or one hundred or one thousand.” Next, I told her briefly about a famous speech coach who had worked with nationally recognized leaders in politics, television, sports, and business. The most successful ones, he observed, never changed their mode of presentation. They took their low-key person-to-person style into radio and TV studios, press conferences, and speeches to huge audiences.
I’LL SAY THE SAME THING NEXT TIME
I’m sure that somebody who attends my events will ask the same question again. I’ll give the same answer. Engage your audience in lively conversation, and you will greatly reduce your anxiety about giving speeches.
STAGE FRIGHT BOOK OFFERS 25 TIPS
FOR CONTROLLING YOUR ANXIETY
My book–25 Ways to Control Your Stage Fright…And Become a Highly Confident Speaker–will give you other valuable tips and strategies for controlling your stage fright. You can order this brief guide book in paperback or Kindle. Use this link:
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When you speak to an audience, are you a reader–relying heavily on your notes–or are you a genuine speaker, sharing your thoughts while maintaining eye contact with your listeners?
In my Speech Coaching, I help clients get away from the “paper barrier” that keeps them from energizing their audiences, and definitely limits their persuasive powers.
This brief video explains:
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