Momentumers! Did you know that it's National Public Speaking Month? Yep, it's true! And did you also know that speaking is a GREAT way to get new clients and customers? Yep, that's really true too! When people see you in the front of a room (small or big), you automatically have perceived authority and credibility, so the likelihood of getting a new client or a referral is extremely high.
That's the good news... But the bad news is that most people are TERRIFIED to speak in public! Shaky knees, sweaty palms, and rumbly tummies can be just a few of the unsettling symptoms of stepping in front of a crowd, but don't worry! I've got you covered with 5 powerful tips in this mini training that will make you feel like a rock star in the making!
Now it's your turn. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE TRAINING and then the REPLY and tell me if public speaking TERRIFIES you or EXCITES you! Can't wait to read your comments!
Public Speaking is one of those things of which I excel. It is a natural gift, but I do have some things I do that seems to help me.
@Anonymous, you are correct about stories. Stories do help your audience remember. What I don't think you mention is it helps you just as much if not more. It enables you to recall the critical facts without actually having to memorize them so you can relate the data in a more natural way. It helps you to relax and feel comfortable. When you talk to your friends and tell them about your day, I seriously doubt you run through a checklist of things you did. If so, you probably don't have many friends. So no, you tell the story of your day, you add humor, and your body language is more fluid because you naturally get into the motion of telling your story, and the more you retell it, the better it gets.
If you are talking in a classroom setting, have posters made that touch on the key points you will discuss during that day's training session. They will give your students an idea of what to expect; it also gives them a way to quickly get an outline of notes, and, more importantly, it helps you remember the key points of what you are going to discuss. You can have different posters for each day of training or each topic. Use velcro stickums so you can quickly and easily change them out.
On a side note Julie, the picture posted has the big play button overlaying it so it looks like the video at first and can be kind of confusing. You can avoid that by taking a screenshot while the video is playing. Just pull up your video, press play, find a spot in the video you particularly like, make sure your mouse is outside the video screen, and then press Alt+Print Screen. This shortcut will only take a screenshot of your currently selected window and copy it to your copy board. So then you can pull up a word document and press Ctrl+V to paste the image. And yes. While the video is going is best because, for reasons I don't quite understand, it produces a better quality picture. I was going to send you a personal message with this information Julie, but I thought it might prove useful to others as well. I hope you do not mind.
@Pen, you said so many good things! I agree 100% that stories definitely help YOU, the speaker, remember what to say! Great point and so true!! On visual aids, yes, they can be great as long as they are not too distracting. People tend to rely on slide decks to do the heavy lifting (prompts for their points, eye candy for the audience, etc.), that they forget to engage with the people in front of them. In fact, some of my best talks only had 3 slides to illustrate the key points, so agreed as long as they don't become a crutch or distracting.
Regarding the video thumbnail, sorry for the confusion! It's really there for the main QB Community feed because videos don't show as pics, and a post without a pic doesn't get seen! I also use the image with the "play button" so people will hopefully find it irresistible because the brain wants to press that button to see what happens!!! Now I'm giving YOU all of MY secret strategies and hacks to increase video views!! Ha!! :)
You're the best @Pen!!! J.
So glad you enjoyed it @Thehvacguys! Do you speak a lot for your chamber? Also, what are your favorite tips for making speaking less scary and more fun?