Confident Public Speaking in 5 Easy Steps

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Challenge Your Beliefs

For many public speaking is an extremely fearful and anxiety producing endeavor. The root of these fears can be many things, but they tend to form into strongly held misguided beliefs. Sadly, they often lead people to erroneous believe they are incapable of speaking success. Just as all other negative beliefs – we can either choose to be crippled by them or challenge them and reap the rewards of our bravery. Reframing public speaking in a positive light is a key step towards positive speaking outcomes.

Learn to Relax

For those with negative opinions of speaking, learning to relax in public speaking scenarios can make a critical difference. When novice speakers feel fear or trepidation related to speaking they actually experience what is known as the fight or flight response. This automatic physiological response makes us less able to focus, think straight or perform. If instead of fight of flight, we can learn relaxation, visualization, and even meditation techniques coupled with proper breathing. Using all of these things together we can find our self focused & relaxed while speaking.

Learn the Fundamentals

As I have said repeatedly as speech coach and public speaking trainer, the fundamentals of public speaking are a critical skill set to our success in nearly every facet of life. Think of any aspect of work or personal life and there isn’t a single one where communication isn’t important. In work or relationship it is the essential skill. Learning the fundamentals of effective use of body language, the power of our voice and a centered relaxed state of mind will certainly propel us to improved speech success.

Practice

We don’t simply wake up one day and decide to compete in the Olympics. This requires 1000’s (if not more) of hours of diligent preparation. Why then, do many assume that without any real investment in time and effort that they will be successful speakers. Practice makes perfect and that is one skill our training bootcamps, seminars and speech coaching (one one one & executive speech coaching) emphasize. Practice yields positive speaking results.

Speaking is FUN

Beginning students in my courses always report speaking to be dreadful drudgery. It doesn’t have to be this way – as they soon they learn. In so many aspects of life our perception is driven by both choice and actions. Choosing to see speaking in a negative light doesn’t help us move forward at all. But reframing it as something fun that can expand our life with boundless opportunities does. Reframing public speaking in a positive light is a key step towards positive speaking outcomes. Once students learn the fundamentals, how to relax and the power of practice they start to see the fun in speaking.

Confident public speaking is a wonderful skill but is one that must be build on many other fundamental speaking skills. If you’d like to start today, we are here for you. Join us for one of our training bootcamps, seminars & corporate training and speech coaching (one on one training & executive speech coaching) and you’ll be on your way to speaking success with confidence to boot. Stay connected for the latest public speaking and leadership news, free videos and more at www.twitter.com/ipublicspeaking.

Joseph Guarino is a professional public speaker, trainer and owner of the Institute of Public Speaking a Boston based international public speaking & leadership training organization. As a seasoned public speaking trainer & professional speaker he enjoys helping other succeed in this worthy and rewarding craft. The Institute of Public Speaking offers a variety of public speaking courses for individuals (1 on 1 training), executive speech coaching, one day public speaking bootcamps, advanced public speaking bootcamps and public speaking seminars for corporations & groups of any size.
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