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Polishing Your Presentation Skills

Public Speaking and Communication SkillsPerhaps you think your career does not entail delivering any presentations. Well, this is where you might be wrong because no matter what your job is, presentation skills ultimately will come into the picture in some ways. This article, therefore, focuses on the significance of presentation skills in the marketplace and in your career.

You have heard it before … public speaking is the number one human fear. Studies show that this fear ranks ahead of the fear of death for many people. Some people are born presenters. Most are not. Hence, you are not alone when you say that you do not enjoy delivering presentations and speaking in front of a large audience. Stage fright is inevitable. And yet, speak well and you can rise to the top of your organization or industry. Good presenters are quickly recognized as rising stars and catapult over their “mouth-full-of-sawdust” colleagues.

Communication is a vital key in this new century. All of us will, at some time or another, chair meetings, deliver presentations, training or workshops, either to internal or external customers. It gives an edge to keep abreast with the fast pace of the times. Presentation skills definitely work towards this goal. Maybe you are up for a presentation delivery soon and you need valuable tips. Or perhaps, you see the link between success and effective presentation skills, and have realized that effective presentation skills can be a great ally.

The diversity of opinions today in the workplace, which are often controversial, has increased the need for presentations. People need to voice their views to function well at work. For some four thousand years, public speaking has been the key in building and keeping a democratic society and way of life. Aristotle said “a speaker needs three qualities – good sense, good character, and goodwill toward his hearers.”

Presentations before colleagues can sometimes be a real challenge, if not a source of embarrassment; not only to employees, but even to persons of high rank such as scholars, scientists, politicians and executives. They may have hesitations in facing an audience, often accompanied by sweaty palms, stuttering, and the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon. These dilemmas often cause untold problems to the presenter (especially in self-expression) and unpleasant effects to the audience.

Presenters usually fall into one of four categories. Do you perhaps recognize yourself?

The Avoider does everything possible to avoid facing an audience. In some cases, avoiders seek careers that do not involve delivering presentations.

The Resister becomes fearful when asked to speak. This fear may be overwhelming. Resisters may not love to deliver presentations, but they have no choice. When they speak, they do so with great reluctance.

The Accepter can do presentations but is not that enthusiastic to do them. Accepters occasionally give presentations and feel good about them. Quite often these presentations can be quite persuasive and satisfying.

The Seeker always looks for opportunities to speak. Seekers understand that anxiety can be a stimulant that fuels enthusiasm during presentations. Seekers work hard at building their professional communication skills and self-confidence by trying to present often, despite anxiety.

Success in delivery of effective presentations can open a whole world of opportunities for your career. It can help you conquer new frontiers. It can broaden your horizons through personal development, influence, and advances in your profession.

Presentations Improve Your Personal Development

There was once a student who dropped a course five times because she hated speaking in front of the class. But after a self-study on building up confidence, she decided to give it a try and was successful. In fact, she came to enjoy the experience so much and even volunteered to deliver more presentations. I can certainly relate to this example. I used to harbour an extreme distaste of public speaking in any way, shape and form. Today my bread and butter comes from a professional speaking career and I passionately pursue every single opportunity to give a motivational talk or to conduct a corporate workshop.

Through presentation skills tools like research, conceptualization, and organization, you have a systematic and effective way of presenting your ideas; and thus, you will be able to express yourself better. Inevitably you will also become more open to other people in the process. Furthermore, presentation skills can launch you into a more significant role as you get recognized. Lastly, well-honed presentation skills can satisfy one’s sense of achievement when you add value to an audience. This is one of the strongest motivators to further raise your level of communication skills and acumen in this crucial developmental area.

Effective Presentations Benefits Your Organization

It is not only you who can benefit from the art of communication but your organization as well. Most meetings or presentations are exceptionally boring and with proper communication skills, you can breathe new life into dull boardrooms. And not only that, but good communicators get recognized more often and over time get promoted. If you want to get ahead in life and in business, there is really no way you can nor should avoid public speaking.

Presentation Skills Advances Your Profession

Good presentation skills can boost your career remarkably, and eventually, your finances. Usually, success in the business world is gauged by answers to questions like, “Do you hold an MBA degree or something similar?” However, researchers have proven that the best indicator of success in any profession is whether the person is often asked to deliver presentations. Those who give more presentations tend to have higher salaries than those who give less or no presentations.

The longer you work for an organization and the higher you climb the organizational ladder, the more the boss will ask you to preside over meetings and to give talks to the staff and subordinates or the clients. The higher your position, the more your responsibilities in leading people under you; and the more you must speak effectively. A manager once said, “From the chairman of the board to the assistant manager of the most obscure department, nearly everyone in business speaks in public or makes a speech at some time or the other.”

Big corporations and small organizations alike need people who are successful presenters, both internally and externally. For example, if salespeople cannot present their services or products with a convincing sales pitch, then fewer customers and clients would buy their products. Employees of big organizations meet regularly to make group decisions that they will present formally to senior management.

The bottom line is this: Whichever road you take, you will encounter instances that require you to deliver presentations. This begs the obvious question … will you avoid, resist, accept or seek?

By Estienne de Beer

Estienne de Beer is a Professional Speaker and Presentation Skills Coach. He is the author of the book “Boosting Your Career – Tips From Top Executives”. To receive his free personal development newsletter or to browse e-books for your success, visit his website at www.leader2leaders.com. Reprinted from hr.com.

Copyright 2007 by Estienne de Beer. All rights reserved.

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67 Responses to “Polishing Your Presentation Skills”

  1. diane brennan Says:

    Your article was interesting. I must tell you I fall somewhere between Resister and Accepter advancing from Avoider. I tend to accept and then am scared to death. I am however, taking the Communications class to learn more about public speaking and to be able to be a better speaker. Thanks for you help and encouragement.

  2. Elizabeth Martineau Says:

    I found your article very informative. I feel like I am a resister. I will give a presentation if I have to, but I don’t feel comfortable while doing it. I need more confidence in myself. I am a sever and I stand up in front on people everyday. When I first started serving I would shake and stumble over my words at every table. Over the past 3 years I have developed my communication skills while serving. Talking at our work meetings is a different story. I have a difficult time getting up in front of my peers. People I am waiting on I don’t know on a personal basis. I agree that public speaking skills brings upon higher positions. Learning to communicate with other people is a key to success.

  3. Courtney Says:

    This article was fascinating! I am very much a combination of an Avoider and a Resister but it’s nice to know I can overcome that at some point with a little self-reflection.

    Ter Scott sent me to your page and I’m glad he did.

  4. Ashley Says:

    I am definatly a Resister. I dont like speaking in front of people at all. I start to shake and my face turns red. I have had a very hard time overcoming this issue, but i am hoping that as i get older its get easier.

  5. Julie Nelson Says:

    This article was very interesting. I am definately an avoider. I will do whatever it takes not to have to speak in front of a group of people. Hopefully someday I will have more courgae to speak in front of a group. Your article certainly did help.

  6. Jolen Uhura-Wilds Says:

    I used to be an avoider, but now would be an acceptor bordering on seeker. I am the CEO of a non-profit corporation and am required to advocate for disabled persons regarding their service animals. I also give presentations to schools and am seeking to present to local business owners and the general public regarding the laws and etiquette surrounding service animals. I found your article very interesting.

  7. Natalie Beckstrand Says:

    I find your article very interesting and helpful. Reading the article helped me learn a lot about myself and made a lot of sense. I would have to say I am somewhere between the resistor and acceptor. I usually accept the task of presenting but at the same time I get very anxious when the time comes that I have to actually get up in front of people to give the presentation. Depending on the audience I may be comfortable or not. I have always wanted to take on a side job of selling pampered chef or something but feared presenting my product at the parties, however, I think I will take some of what I read in this article and put it into action to try and get the ambition to do this finally. Thanks.

    Natalie Beckstrand
    Oral Communications Spring Class
    April 4, 2009

  8. Karen White Says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog. You have some great information. I appreciate your information on breathing new life into dull boardrooms. I have worked with people and no matter how hard they try, they are dull speakers. I also fall into the category of sweaty palms, and blushing. I can relate to those “side effects” of public speaking.
    Karen White
    COM103-SPR DBU

  9. Abby Wolter Says:

    I am an avoider for sure. I remember skipping english class in high school whenever we had to give a presentation. I definately agree with you in that there is a link between success and effective presentation skills. I just have never obtained any for myself. I’ve noticed that my confidence really has a lot to do with how comfortable I am with speaking around others. Thanks for the article.

  10. Krissi Kotnik Says:

    I liked reading this blog. It made me think about school since I didn’t enjoy speaking infront of large groups. When you mentioned “public speaking is the number one human fear,” I must agree. Speaking for many is tough, but with support from others it can get easier in time.

  11. Sara Pfau Says:

    I am an Avoider in a huge way. I have never given a speech of any sort, not even as maid of honor for my sister’s wedding. I currently work in a daycare, no speeches required. I really enjoyed this blog, but I have to disagree with one point. You state that I will ultimately have to give a presentation in some form. I disagree. At work now, I will never have to. And if I get the job I am looking for, I won’t then either. Now don’t misunderstand, I would like to learn how to give a presentation, but large groups of people are things that I avoid at all costs.

  12. elisse Black Says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. I can definitely believe that public speaking is the number one human fear. I know it is one of mine. I think I am either an avoider or resister. Hopefully my public speaking skills will improve with time.

  13. Lynelle Says:


    I am glad that you have me doing these exercises, I find it very benifical and informative, in a huge way. I do tend to have a little stage freight when it comes to big crowds, but when I read the articles, I found out that there is nothing wrong with public speaking and it can build your confidence in a huge way.

  14. Alyssa Scofield Says:

    This is totally true..”public speaking is the number one human fear. Studies show that this fear ranks ahead of the fear of death for many people.” Hate to say it but i’m the avoider, I really hope to overcome this someday because I know that I will have to get up in front of an audience and speak.

  15. Nishanna Says:

    I am a resister type of presenter. I become fearful when asked to speak. I has been overwhelming at times. I do not love to deliver presentations, but I have no choice. I am a CPR/First Aid instructor and it does not get any easier each class I teach. I do not want to be that boring instructor that people in the back are falling aspleep to. I can only learn to face this fear I have and take this advice.

  16. Kayla Soul Says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. It really does tell how giving a good presentation is so important for your career regardless of what you are in.

  17. Megan Beck Says:

    Your article is very good. I agree that there are jobs that you have no choice but give presentations big or small. I think I’m a resistor. But there are some presentations that I’m interested in that helps me give some of my presentations.

  18. HeatherM Says:

    I think I may be both an avoider and a resister, I would like to work my way toward being an accepter and then maybe a seeker. I also found this section of the article interesting: “Good presentation skills can boost your career remarkably, and eventually, your finances. … Those who give more presentations tend to have higher salaries than those who give less or no presentations.”

  19. Patty W-L Says:

    In order to advance in a career you will need to develop presentation skills. The more you are willing to speak publicly the the better you will get and the more chances you will have to advance. From things as simple as speaking in front of a small church group to a major presentation for an employer, public speaking skills will make you more confident in any situation.
    Patty W-L
    Oral Communications

  20. Julia Werbelow Says:

    I found this article to be very imformative, and really enjoyed reading the four different categories presenters fall into. I believe I fall into the accepter category, and I seem to just go ahead and do the speech, but not very enthusiastically. I agree that giving a good presentation can help out your career tremendously. When you think about it communication is one of the most important things when it comes to dealing with business, no matter what business you may be in. It always helps to improve on your presentation skills, and this article clearly explains why giving and how giving a presentation effects your career.

  21. Heather Wilson Says:

    I thought your article was very interesting. I am certainly the avoider, I don’t like to be in front of people at all. I will do whatever I can not to be put in that situation. I have been put in situations like that at work meetings. With so much information to be presented with supervisor wanted all of us to read some of the information. I was dreading when it was my turn. I get so nervous, and then tend to talk to fast to get it over with. I’m hoping with taking this class I can get a little more nerve when doing public speaking.

  22. Theresa Says:

    I’m definitly a resister, I will accept to do a presentation. Then get very nervous and shaky before I give the presentation. I find that if I have everything written down in front of me and my presentation memorized I do much better. I think this class in Oral Communications will really help me.

  23. Amanda Rudell Says:

    After reading the four categories of presenters I can see myself as an avoider or a resister which actually makes me kind of frustrated. Then when you stated that that student dropped a class five times because of her fear of public speaking, again I can see myself doing something like that, but Im glad there are other classes out there that can help you get through that fear. I try not to let it bother me too much, so I try not to think about it because once it’s in my head it’s hard to get out.

  24. Jennifer Borresch, Oral Communication Student Says:

    I liked this article very much. It actually gave me some motivation just to get up there and speak. I find myself not ever wanting to speak in front of a group, not that I am afraid or embarassed I just think “I don’t want to say something dumb or start stumbling over my words”. I also liked how it mentioned that you (I) are not alone. Most everyone has some dislike towards public speaking which means we all feel the same way about it so what are we worried about? But people are so critical these days if the speaker does something or says something “dumb” it is now the center discussion piece among all other employees when it could have been them themselves.
    Jennifer Borresch, Oral Communications DBU Student

  25. Melissa Rempher Says:

    I found the different types of presentors very interesting. I am an acceptor. I also agree that prensentation skills can help with your public speaking. If you are fully prepared it can lower the stress and overall make the presentation go smoother.

  26. MerriAnn Says:

    I definitely fall into the category of ‘avoider’ when it comes to public speaking. Unless I know most of the people in the audience I try to never speak publicly. I am fine on the phone because I don’t have to physically look at the person I am speaking with so I think that is why I have no fear of talking with people in that medium. I hope to overcome this problem with this class.

  27. Linda Mortenson Says:

    I have to agree that developing your communication skills is very important in the workplace. When you know your material and can convey it in a confident and interesting way others will remember you. Like your boss for instance. I agree this is a great way to accel in youe job and make you feel better about yourself in the process.
    Linda Mortenson

  28. Vickie Luck Says:

    I know I would rather face death then to give a speech. I think I am a resister and a accepter. But if I really know my subject, it is easier to talk about. Also, I want to look and feel good. If I think my hair looks good and my clothes don’t make me look fat, then I feel I can give a good speech because I have the confidents to give it. Well it helps anyway.
    There are times that I have to be in front of a group of people, and depending on the situation, I can handle it, then there are times that I freeze. Someday soon, hope to resolve this. Between Ter, who sent us to you, and all of the websites he sends us too, it will help all of us.
    I enjoyed your article, thank you

  29. tlarson Says:

    I really did not stop to think about “why’ some people are asked to speak more so than others, now I understand its all in how you deliver your speech
    Thank you

    May 8, 2010

  30. ostara g Says:

    I agree that I would rather face death than have to give a speech in public. I think I am an accepter and a resister. I have a very hard time expressing what I am trying to say. I am enrolled in Oral Communications and all the articles we are reading, I feel that by the time I get done with this class I will be ready to speak anywhere. I enjoyed your article. Thank-you.

  31. Becky P. Says:

    I really liked the part of this article where you broke down the different types of people when it comes to speaking in front of a crowd. I would have to say I fall into the resister category. Typically I would avoid any sort of public speaking but I know that I have been in situations where I have had to do it and I just deal with it. I never really feel too satisfied with and usually go over in my head all the things that I had said and wish that I could have said something else.
    Thanks for the info.

  32. diane Says:

    I read your article and I really enjoyed it. I am truly scared of getting up in front of people and talking. I would say that I am hoping that with this class i will be able to overcome my fear of speaking in front of a crowd of people.

  33. Bill Fritze Says:

    I found your article very informative. I find myself to be a resister, I have always avoided situations were I might be asked to speak. After reading your artice I can see the value in being a good communicator in your profession. Being able to present ideas clearly and concisely is an asset.

  34. Katherine Stordahl Says:

    I agree with your article. I find myself to be a Avoider and a Resister. I have always tried to avoid situations were i have to speak. I have gotten better over the years and find that the more I tell myslef that I can do it. That it gets more easyer.

  35. McKenzie.Banks~DBU~Medical Billing and Coding Says:

    I agree with forcing yourself to put yourself out there to either achievement or disapppointment. But I have learned by climbing up my ladder at my current job, that if you don’t try you may never know. I have now defeated several fears with myself and just did the unusual for myself. I thought this article explains everything perfectly. Thank you

  36. Dawn Paquette Says:

    I am definitly a resister. I will do the speach when asked but i get really nervous and start stuttering. I couldnt even get my marriage vows right cause it ment speaking in front of people. It was imbarrassing. I enjoyed all the differant ways this article gives to giving a good presentation. Very helpful.

  37. Brenda Rogers Says:

    According to your categories of presenters, I find that I am a resister/accepter and with practice I am expecting to improve. You are right, public speaking is the number one fear for most people. But, to succeed in a workplace a person must have good communication skills. Great article.

  38. Rebecca Goranson Says:

    I really enjoyed reading this blog. I used to be an avoider but with my previous jobs I had to speak alot and now I would say I’m an accepter. Public speaking is still something I don’t care to do but I feel it is a neccesity to having a good career.

    Rebecca Goranson
    Oral Communications Fall 2010

  39. Jackie Zupon Says:

    I also feel that public speaking is a must, I see it in my everyday life at work. Like myself I wish I was better at
    it because it does involve this at my job.

  40. Hanna Krivinchuk Says:

    I agree that everyone should public speak. It does amaze me that it is one of the highest fears, but I think if everyone knew that other people were most likely afraid as they are then it shouldn’t matter what you say. I work in customer service, so I know what it feels like to have to speak to a lot of different people, and sometimes I “change” myself to please them and in order to get them to buy something that we offer. Thanks for the article it was very informative.

    Oral Communication Fall 2010

  41. Jennifer Hawkins Says:

    I agree with your article and was fascinated by the four presenter catagories. I am definitely a resister for I will speak to a large group if I have to but would much rather avoid it if all possible. I am hoping by taking this oral communications course that it will get me to overcome my fears and improve my listening and communication skills. Speaking in public is my number one greatest fear and hopefully someday I will overcome it.
    Jennifer Hawkins
    Oral Communications Fall 2010

  42. Joshua Hofschulte Says:

    Everything you said in here is so true. I guess that’s why you have published books. Your great at it! I do believe I’m a seeker. I feel good about speaking in front of people. I have no problem doing that. I’ve been answering phones and taking reservations for a 60 campsite campground since the age of 9. Dealing with credit card information and knowing how each campsite will work for what type of camper. I could draw you a picture of any campsite. I knew that place inside out. I can talk with anyone in the world stranger or not. As long as they spoke English I suppose. When it comes down to it I need to learn how to talk the right way, instead of my way.

  43. Colleen Winberg Says:

    Public speaking has to be one of the biggest fears. I have seen people become physically ill before giving a speach. I don’t like it but i don’t get sick. I don’t know what it is but I think it is a fear of failing an being on the spot when doing it. I would have to say that I am leaning towards a resistor. I am hoping to change that!

    Colleen Winberg
    Oral Communications
    Fall 2010

  44. Yvonne Johnson Says:

    I agree that communication is a vital key in this new century. I am an Avoider taking an oral communication course to build my skills and confidence when communicating. It was nice to see that people can acquire the skills and confidence needed to overcome being an Avoider. I hope this happens to me!

  45. Lisa Jefferson Says:

    I am definitely an Accepter but would like to at least take a step closer to being a Seeker. I agree that good communication and presentation skills are very important to advancing in the workplace. These skills are really important in all aspects of life.

  46. Nadine Lohman Says:

    As far as public speaking goes, I fall somewhere between an avoider and a resistor. I have never liked speaking in public, even in classes that I have had to take. I have just never had the confidence it takes to get up in front of a group of people. I also have a low self asteem and felt that what I had to say wasn’t important or interesting enough. Suprisingly I have had a couple of jobs where I had to stand in front of people and demonstrate product, needless to say they never lasted very long. I would like to be able to change my attitude about speaking and become a better and more effective one.

    I believe that what you stated in the article about those that advance in companies do need to be and are required to speak more the higher up the ladder they go.

  47. Corinne Says:

    I would be very nervous giving a speech. I understand it may help in your job and you give some good information. Thank you for your article, it was interesting.

  48. Elaine Wiggins Says:

    I received a link to this article and find it quite interesting. I am most definitely an avoider, but am slowly working my way to the other end of the spectrum. It’s so true that improving your presentation skills not only benefits yourself and others in the workplace but it also helps you grow personally as a human and helps you learn more about yourself and what you are capable of.
    So often I have wanted to convey a message I feel is important to others in a public setting but my limited speaking and presentation skills have prevented me from doing so. I hope to explore and improve this aspect of my development in my current Oral Communications course.

    Elaine Wiggins

  49. Katherine Stordahl Says:

    Hi, I agree with what you say in the article I find myself to be the resister but i am going to be working on that. thank you for your time

  50. Linda Says:

    I can relate to the avioder, I would do anything to aviod speaking in public. It has improved with age but it is very dificult for me to do.

  51. Brigitte Ward Says:

    I’m an resister (in those few instances where I absolutely can’t get out of making a presentation) but if I can avoid, that’s what I do.. I believe that it’s easier to make a speech in front of people that you already know rather than a room full of strangers.

    Brigitte Ward
    Oral Communications Student

  52. Kari Anderson Says:

    I enjoyed the article and after reading it, I found I am very much an avoider as well as a resister. I have done public speaking but surely did not like it. I do however, feel that if it having to speak on a subject I am confident about makes a huge difference. I seem to not mind speaking out in a room full if I am more knowledgeable. Thank you for the article!

  53. Nadine Lohman Says:


    When it comes to public speaking I think I may fall somewhere between an avoider and a resistor. I never liked speaking in public, even in classes I had to take. I just never had the confidence it takes to get up in front of a group of people. I also have a low self asteem , but feel that I am coming out of my shell a bit and am getting more comfortable with speaking, also it does help that I am in customer service and have to speak to people everyday. Suprisingly I have had a couple of jobs demonstrating product, needless to say they never lasted very long. I would like to be able to change my attitude about speaking and become a better and more effective one.

    I believe that what you stated in the article about those that advance in companies do need to be and are required to speak more the higher up the ladder they go. It seems that is the norm in most companies.

  54. Justin Keuten Says:

    I agree with this article. I especially liked the part categorizing the four types of people. I think I am a seeker, because I talk constantly and like speaking publicly. It takes a little confidence and a lot of practice to get comfortable with the idea of speaking publicly.

    Justin Keuten

  55. Mark-Microsoft CRM Online Partner Says:

    I think I am the Accepter. I will present, but don’t like the pressure of being on stage. I guess the way I deal with it is to try to connect with the specific people in the room ()and their needs) instead of thinking about the outline itself.

  56. Therese P. Says:

    Well I am definitely between a avoider and resister, much closer to avoider. I do ok speaking in a small group of coworkers, but add in any strangers or make the group larger and I become an avoider. It is almost to the level of a phobia, the thought
    of speaking in front of a large group just freaks me out. I hope by taking this oral communications class I can begin to get over this fear. Found your blog through Ter Scott.

  57. Ken Nyberg Says:

    In feel that I fall into the category accepter. It’s strange because I am a musician and am used to being in front of groups of unfamiliar people. When it comes to public speak I find myself struggling to get out the words and stumbling over my concepts. It was an interesting article.

  58. Shelly Young Says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article and agree that public speaking is a great fear for so many. I have seen it so many times throught my life just how many people avoid doing things that they want to just because getting up and speaking in front of people would be part of what they want to do. What people don’t realize (I was one of them) is that just haveing a regular conversation with someone is a form of public speaking. I don’t mind speaking in front of small or larger groups, but sometimes I tend to stumble on my words.

    Shelly Young

  59. Robin F. Says:

    Great information. I don’t seem to have a problem talking to people in an informal discussion but when I have to get up and speak I have a tendency to freeze. With all the infromation I am reading that Ter Scott has sent us to, I’m hoping I will do much better.

    Thank you,
    Robin F.,

    Oral Communications

  60. Alexis Lambert Says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article. I am definately an avoider and a resister. I do everything I possibly can to avoid speaking to big audiences. I absolutely hate it. I hope that taking the Oral Communications class will help me overcome my stage freight fears and also help me communicate better than i do now.

  61. Shirley Salamone Says:

    I would like to thank u 4 the job you have done in writing this post. I expect the same top work from u later on too.

  62. Amy Kutz Says:

    I agree that communication is key in this century. I think in almost every career or field of work people will need to give a speech, whether it be to one person or to a hundred people. I think that I may fall in between the categories resister and acceptor. This article had given me great insight and motivation that will hopefully help me in the future with giving speeches or presentations.
    Ter Scott asked me to visit this blog.

  63. Barbara Leonard Says:

    After reading this article, I realized that I have unknowingly been involved in public speaking for years. I have owned and operated a small craft business where in any given day, I have spoken to potentially hundreds of people, sellling them my products. I am constantly demonstrating my product or proclaiming how wonderful it is.

    I still see myself as the Acceptor. However, with this new perspective, I am ready to polish my skills. Thank you!

    Barbara Leonard
    Oral Communications COM103

  64. Katy Bortz Says:

    I found your article very informative. In highschool I was definitely an avoider. I had a speech class in which I would be “sick” on speech days. As I have grown, and my education has advanced somewhere between the resister and the accepter, depending on what the speech is about. I find that if I am knowledgeable about the topic, I am more confident in speaking. The article also helped me to realize that if I want to make advancements in my degree, although I won’t have to do many public speeches in my line of work, I will have to be open to the idea of presenting information instead of avoiding it.

    Katy Bortz
    Oral Communications/ Winter 2012

  65. Sandra P Says:

    After reading your article I discovered that I am an avoider, however with the help of this oral communications class I am taking I am hoping to overcome that.

  66. Corissa N. Says:

    Thank you for such an informative article. I was asked by my instructor Ter Scott to visit your blog. I was never aware of the categories of presenters. I feel that I fall somewhere between an Avoider and Resister. I have gone out of my way my entire life to avoid public speaking; yet on certain occasions, I have reluctantly agreed to do so. For several years I was involved with a local animal rescue group. I was talked into giving presentations at local schools and spoke at a few events. I was always a nervous mess prior to those speeches (days prior) and even so when speaking to a class of 1st graders! I never thought about taking a class or self-study on confidence building! Having just started my Oral Communications course and having a chance to look at the materials and outline for this class I am excited about all the information and skills I will learn! I’m actually somewhat looking forward to our upcoming presentations!

    Thank you!

    Corissa N.
    Oral Communications, Duluth Business University

  67. Shelly R DBU Says:

    I find myself as “The Accepter”. I can do presentations but am never enthusiastic to do them. I realize that it is an important part of almost every aspect of life, work, home etc…. but it is much easier when you have a fun topic to present and one that you have interest in.

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