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Fear of public SpeakingWe’re often told that people’s #1 fear is the fear of public speaking.

I don’t put much faith in that statistic, but there’s no denying that public speaking fills many people with dread bordering on panic.

I’ve been there. Once I was so nervous — scared out of my mind — that I froze halfway through my speech, completely forgetting what I was going to say, and bolted from the room.

Since then I’m more or less tamed my fear of speaking.  Although I’ve given thousands of speeches over the years, I still get nervous.

So that’s my beginning premise. Don’t try to banish all fear. Try, instead, to keep it at a manageable level.

Panic is bad. Fear is disabling. A bit of nervous can be a good thing: it’ll keep you on your toes and add some energy to your presentation.

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Woman confused by speech that lacks a central pointHow many times, after sitting through a speech, have you asked yourself “What was that about?” or simply thought “Huh?”

Having a point and being able to express it clearly isn’t the only skill required of speakers, but it is one of the most important skills.

If people can’t figure out what you’re talking about or what you’re getting at, they’ll stop listening to you. They’ll lose respect for you. And they won’ t do, think, or feel what you want them to.

This is the test of an effective speech: Can you say in one sentence (in 10 to 20  words) what it was about?

(There are, of course, other questions to ask, but only after you have first answered that question.)

Unfortunately, many presentations fail that most basic test. For example… Continue Reading…

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