You’re on the spot, now what?

You’re on the spot, now what?

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There’s nothing worse than being on the spot and not knowing what to say. It’s the perfect recipe for extreme embarrassment, and the horror of it can traumatize even the most resilient of hearts. In the past, I would start sweating profusely in an instantaneous attack of nerves that I hoped no one would see. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for the unexpected, and these simple strategies have helped me gain the confidence to handle being put on the spot. Here are 3 easy strategies for improving your impromptu public speaking skills. Regardless of how you choose to handle these situations, the bottom line is to be authentic through your voice and actions. #1- Divide and conquer You can always take apart a subject into different categories: pros and…
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3 Easy Ways to Calm the Nerves before a Presentation

3 Easy Ways to Calm the Nerves before a Presentation

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We’ve all have the jitters right before we speak, and if they are uncontrolled, they can really make a mess of things inside our heads. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to ease any last-minute nerves that might pop-up and demand your attention. Here are some that work best for me. Arrive early and speak to people I try to arrive early so I have a chance to speak with some of the people in the audience. When we’re caught up in our fears, we tend to forget that our audience has fears too. Talking to people reminds me that they are human as well, and if they were in my position, they probably would be more terrified! Scott Berkun, in his book, Confessions of a Public…
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Best Public Speaking Gestures

Best Public Speaking Gestures

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Chances are, if you are on this site you are familiar with public speaking gurus like Dr. Wayne Dyer or someone like Mark Victor Hansen. These folks are using the best gestures without even knowing it. Importance of non-verbal communication: It is interesting to consider the work of Albert Mehrabian, who has become known for his publications and findings on the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication. Albert Mehrabian has come up with what is known as the 7%-38%-55% rule. This rule states that our words account for 7%, tone of voice accounts for 38%, and our body language accounts for 55% of our total communication. So, it is one thing to master the verbal content and structure of your lecture or presentation, but if body language makes up 55%…
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