Most people, even high-powered successful types who are fearless in other aspects of their lives, absolutely dread public speaking. Studies show that public speaking is a top phobia; in fact, it is a recognized medical condition. Considering that public speaking is a highly sought-after workplace skill, it’s a shame so many people avoid it.
If you or any of your employees suffer from a fear of public speaking (or could just use a refresher course), the popular video Speaking Effectively to 1 or 1000 is an extremely helpful and effective training tool.
As the various the learning points are presented, the following guidelines for successful speaking emerge:
- Before making a presentation, visualize the success of your performance and “hear” the applause.
- Improve enunciation through practice. Using good breath support…speak with a clean, natural voice in front of a mirror.
- Make eye contact with the audience by focusing on different people in the audience for several seconds at a time.
- To make gestures more effective, consciously vary them and use them to punctuate different emotions.
- Always dress in a manner that’s appropriate for the audience.
- Know as much as you can about the audience so you choose your topic, content, and type of speech accordingly.
- Remember that being a little nervous is something that can push you toward peak performance, if you’re well-prepared.