Want to eliminate public speaking fear and become a more poised and confident presenter and speaker? Fearless Presentations is the answer. This podcast is based on our famous two-day presentation skills class offered in cities all over the world. Each week, we offer free public speaking tips that help you develop the skill to present with poise when you deliver presentations. This is the fastest, easiest way to eliminate public speaking fear.
How to Find Great Venues to Practice Your Presentations Part 2 of 2
This week, I'm going to show you how you can begin to develop your public speaking skills in low-risk public speaking venues. These are the tips I give to people after they come through my presentation classes if they want more practice.
As I give you these venues, though, I have organized them in a step-by-step process. For instance, last week, I gave you a list of online venues that I ordered from least risky to most challenging.
If you go through the earlier virtual venues first, you'll be able to build your skill and confidence without having severe negative consequences.
This week, we'll cover venues where actual people are meeting in person and how you can be asked to speak in these venues to get practice and gain skill in public speaking.
Like last week, I start with the least risky and end with the most challenging. So, save the last ideas until you have built up your confidence.
Show Notes: How to Find Great Public Speaking Venues to Practice Your Presentations. https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/podcast-15-how-find-great-venues-practice-your-presentations/
Find Great Venues to Practice Your Presentations Part 1 of 2
I often get a common question after people attend our 2-day presentation class. “Now that I feel more confident, where do I go to practice to continue to get better as a speaker?” “How can I continue to grow as a great speaker?”
The best way to continue to grow is with continued and consistent use of your presentation skills. If you take a public speaking class and then don’t present again for a year, your new skills wither away.
In fact, one of the reasons why people come to a public speaking class is to get practice very quickly. A class lets them develop these presentation skills in a controlled environment. In a small group setting like this, presenters get instant feedback and direction from a public speaking expert.
With all the positives, though, it would be impractical to go to a presentation class two or three times a year. So, where do you go to get additional practice? In this session, I share a few ways to find speaking venues that are always looking for good speakers. We’ll also cover how to build a solid reputation as a good speaker, so your reputation grows. (That way, you have meeting organizers reaching out to you to be a speaker at their meeting as well!)
*** Before a get started, though, here is a quick word of caution. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent. So, make sure that you develop a good presentation first. Then, also work on your poise and confidence when you present. Do these two things before you start to practice. If you practice a poor presentation, you’ll get really good at delivering a terrible presentation. Also, if you practice bad habits over and over, you will have more difficulty later correcting these habits. ***
Show Notes: Find Great Venues to Practice Your Presentations (https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/podcast-15-how-find-great-venues-practice-your-presentations/)
5 Strategies for Creating TED Talks to Make Your TED Talk Go Viral
Congratulations! You’ve been invited to give a TED talk. This non-profit talk series is the gold standard of speeches, so you should be honored to be on the event’s roster. Not to mention how great it will look on your resume and website. You’ve undoubtedly been chosen because you’re an expert in your field, be it medicine, literature, pop culture, gerontology, or careers, but it’s not the topic that will have your audience hanging onto your every word. No, it’s more than that. Attendees will be there to learn, but they will remember you for your stage presence and personality. Think about your favorite TED talk speakers. They may speak on a variety of subjects, but they all have something in common. Each speaker has an amazing stage presence.
The most powerful talks all use similar tactics to engage their audience and present well. Today, we discuss five strategies for creating Ted talks to help you create that stage presence and make your Ted talk go viral!
Show Notes: 5 Strategies for Creating TED Talks (https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/make-your-ted-talk-go-viral/)
Want to Be a Professional Speaker-Be a Problem Solver First with Grant Baldwin
It is a great honor for me to have Grant Baldwin of The Speaker Lab on the show today. Grant helps people break into the professional speaking industry and shows them how to find clients and get paid when they speak.
Grant founded The Speaker Lab years ago and is also the host of The Speaker Lab podcast. His specialty is helping presenters create speeches that help their audiences solve problems. In the interview, he actually throws me for a loop a little. Since he has a hit podcast, I assumed that hosting a podcast might be a good way to generate new clients.
His answer, though, will likely surprise you. Grant gives five things that you can do as a speaker that will help you generate revenue more quickly. His goal is to help speakers find customers in a more active way.
The episode is full of great tips whether you want to be a professional speaker or not, though. Grant's incite will help you create better presentations that solve problems for your audience.
For more details about Grant and his team, the Speaker Lab Website is at https://thespeakerlab.com/.
You can also find Grant's book on Amazon at The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform. (https://amzn.to/3B6vD2p)
Full Show Notes at How to Find Public Speaking Gigs and Get Paid to Speak (https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-find-public-speaking-gigs-and-get-paid-to-speak-with-grant-baldwin/)
One of the Greatest Speeches in American History
This special holiday episode is a continuation of our holiday series on great speeches in American history.
What better way to honor and celebrate the holiday than by critiquing one of the greatest, well-known speeches? Before we begin analyzing The Gettsyburg Address, let’s dive into the history and math to put it into context.
David Wills invited Abraham Lincoln to give this speech as a way to honor and memorialize those who had fallen during the Battle of Gettysburg. Why were Americans fighting? Well, if you recall, November of 1863 was the middle of our nation’s biggest divide.
The Civil War took place in reaction to rising tensions between the north and south in large over slavery and state’s rights. The battle of Gettysburg, in particular, increased northerners’ morale and prevented the south from gaining more momentum. Gettysburg is the bloodiest, singular battle of the Civil War.
Lincoln didn’t want to ignore the actions and sacrifices the soldiers made by fighting and spoke to commemorate them in what is titled “The Gettysburg Address.”
“But, wait, you mentioned math…” Yes, I did because part of analyzing anything is making sure the language and wording used makes sense and are understood.
One of the Greatest Speeches in American History (https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/greatest-speech-gettysburg-address/)
The Causes of the Fear of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Them
In this episode, we will cover a few of the common situations that occur that lead to experiencing public speaking fear. As I cover each one, I will also give you a few simple things that you can do to counteract each of these causes.
So if you ever feel nervous when you stand up and speak in front of a group, these tips can really help.
The Causes of the Fear of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Them
You’re an expert in your field, and you know what you’re talking about. After all, you’ve worked in your field for years. You’ve done your research and received critical acclaim and possibly even some awards. But when you’re asked to speak in front of a crowd, which you often are, you break out into a cold sweat. Why does this happen? After all, nobody knows the topic quite as well as you.
You’re not alone.
The fear of public speaking is actually one of the most common fears in America.
Public speaking anxiety has common symptoms, and fortunately, there are ways to remedy them. You don’t have to live with it or suffer through it. The key lies in understanding the causes of the fear of public speaking and dealing with those individual issues. Possible reasons for anxiety during public speaking situations have fairly common causes and have simple fixes.
Here is your guide to some of the causes of the fear of public speaking and how to overcome those fears.
Show Notes: The Causes of the Fear of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Them
Doug’s methodology is a breath of fresh air. There’s a steady drumbeat with his message— it’s consistent, it’s human, and it’s effective. Highly recommend giving this show a listen if you’d like to level up your public speaking!
Not really helpful
Rambling, with marginal content. Refers to himself repeatedly as a professional speaker.
Tried to listen, he took to long to start a good point.