An Open Letter To All Public Speakers

When it comes to public speaking, people who stutter have a really hard time. Add stress connected with public speaking, and you may look at a disaster. But does it really have to be so? Isn’t there a way to prevent changes in voice pitch, stuttering, and general nervousness while we speak in public. Fortunately, there is a way. Memorization. Yes, just that. Not having the text written on a few sheets of paper, but memorizing it will help you speak much more fluently and naturally even if you normally stutter in such situations.

Then there are those whose professional success has led them to the necessity of presentation training, even though they would rather avoid it: the attorneys, engineers, architects, authors, doctors, managers, teachers and others who have become so successful that they are increasingly requested and pressed to present their talents and knowledge before an audience. If you belong to this group, you must either develop the ability to face an audience, or cut short the successful arc of your career.

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In practice, this means that before you type a single word, you need to answer a fundamental question: “Why the hell would anyone want to read what I am going to write, or listen to what I am going to say?” If you can’t give at least one or more good answers to this question, you have no business striking a key.

The easiest way to love public speakings to simply stop caring if you mess up in front of an audience. I know it’s strange to hear this, but it’s very true. When I realized that I could just “joke-away” my mess-ups, I would have my audience laugh with me 100% of the time instead of AT me. It was great. This actually put a greater touch on the presentations that I was doing because I got to build a deeper connection with the crowd.

Organize your material. It should be like a term paper you’d write for school. There should be a logical progression-to-date material in the presentation. It should start with the Introduction, like a paper would with a thesis statement. Then, you have the Body, which is strong supporting arguments, or accurate and up-to-date information. Last, you give the Conclusion. It restates your thesis statement, giving a summary, and a logical conclusion.

The good news is that an individual can be treated successfully for a phobia. Of all the mental disorders, phobias are the easiest to deal with. Sometimes the fear is not all that bad. Fear can be useful. It can be used as a tool to warn us something bad might be about to happen. What an individual has to do though is use good common sense. Just because one bridge falls, doesn’t mean another will. Control over your phobias is important. Once you learn to master them, you can lead a normal life. There is help available in working on these controls. Take it step by step to desensitize your fears. If this requires a professional for help, seek one out.