Do you realize that more people are afraid of public speaking than even gigantic spiders? Or worse, death? Crazy huh?!!!
Tip 1: First Impressions count. These simple ways to make a first impression will help you get it right the first time!
Tip 2: Preparation and Planning: To be a good speaker, you need to plan and prepare properly. Follow these steps to success.
Tip 3: A strong opening statement is imperative: try these tips
Tip 4: The best way to NOT hypnotize your audience is to avoid this mistake
Tip 5: The Dry Camel effect will make you sound croaky, raspy and unfocused. This is what you need to do to prevent it.
Tip 6: The best way to prepare for your speech – is to warm up your vocal instrument
Tip 7: Got nerves? This is a quick way to disarm the nervous system and find your mojo fast!
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FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Glossophobia, my friends, is a real problem. It means fear of public speaking. Glossa means tongue and Phobos means fear. And more than 63 million people in the US suffer from it.
So, in this blog, I am going to share with you seven tips to help you feel more confident in your next public speaking event.
Tip 1: First Impressions .
Studies reveal that impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone. 55% of that is determined by physical appearance. So before you speak, make sure you dress to impress but keep your outfit comfortable and not distracting to your message. Your message and your smile should light up your audience far more than any loud clothing or Bling jewelry so I suggest keeping a few key pieces of clothing that look good on you and look good on camera in block colors because block colors look really well on film. However, if you are using a green screen, make sure you don’t wear green or you will disappear.
Tip 2: Preparation and Planning
When you are Preparing a speech, you need to keep a few things in mind before you begin. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What are my audiences’ challenges?
- What problems I am going to solve?
- What is the audience demographic?
- What is the #1 thing I want people to remember?
When you do the proper preparation and planning, your audience will be more responsive and you will feel far less nervous.
Tip 3: A Great Opener
One of the best things you can do when writing your speech is to come up with a few great openers to hook your audience and grab their attention. There are many ways to do this and one of them is to use a provocative statement or statistic. Jamie Oliver used a great opener in his ted talk a few years ago: He started like this: “Sadly in the next 18 minutes while I am talking to you, 4 Americans that are now alive will be dead from the food that they eat”. It’s very creative. So, come up with a few ideas and try them out on your friends. Ask for feedback. Hook the audience in fast! Deliver that opening with confidence and OWN THE STAGE! If you need some ideas for video openers or speech openers, see the video above to get you started.
Tip 4: Avoid The Hypnotic Trance .
If you go out on that stage and sound flat, your audience will think YOU are the boring one. Delivering your speech in monotone is the worst thing you can do. If the sound of your voice is putting your audience to sleep, you better be a hypnotist or a meditation teacher! If you are not, you need to start learning about the 4 pillars of public speaking: Pitch, Tonality, Volume and Pace. If you need that training, check out the video above to get to the next level. Set the tone with your voice. Use your hands and face. Move around. Don’t be stiff because that’s the worst thing you can do!
Tip 5: Dry Camel Effect
Many speakers sip water all throughout their presentations thinking this is going to help them alleviate a dry throat when their nervous but Sipping water during your speech is not going to hydrate a dried-out voice. It’s actually too late. You need to hydrate at least 1- 2 hours before you speak or sing in public otherwise you are going to run into problems. If you feel thirsty already, you are dehydrated! Keep in mind that our bodies are composed of 60% water. Dehydration negatively affects the performance of our body and our mind. Our system does not work well when dehydrated. It can affect your mood and make you cranky, confused, weak, and give you a headache! So if you want to think more clearly when you are speaking to your audience and be happier about it, stay hydrated!
Tip 6: Vocal Warm Up
There are so many things to think about when you are going live on Facebook or speaking on camera. So, we certainly don’t want any more stress around having to clear our throat of mucus or of having a voice that breaks. If you want to sound confident, strong and projected, you need to warm up your body and your voice.
I have two great video warm up routines for speakers. One is long and 1 is short. So, check them out and learn the exercises. They could just save your speech and your voice from harm. So, please make sure you always warm up before you speak in public.
Tip 7: Disarming The Nerves .
One thing I have learned the hard way is this: You can’t talk your way out of stage fright or anxiety. In fact, the more you are in your head, the worse it gets!
You see nerves or anxiety is a primitive warning system from the brain to alert us of impending danger! The danger can be real or perceived. A perceive danger can be like:
- Confronting a bully
- Speaking or singing in public
- Job interview or audition.
None of those are real physical dangers of course but our body does react as though it is a real danger. The quickest way to disarm the nerves is to get back in our body as fast as we can. Wriggle your toes, move your arms, use hand gestures when you are speaking, take a deep breath, and/or stay grounded.
If you need more training on curing your nerves, check out the posts above and start practicing.
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