Reduce Fear–Hold a Conversation With Your Audience

Do you wish you had more confidence when you faced an audience? Then read the advice I gave to a member of my audience.

QUESTION FROM AN AUDIENCE MEMBER
When I ended my hour-long seminar about the best language to use with customers, I asked the participants “Anybody have any questions?”

Without hesitation, one person spoke up. “Nobody would call me shy,” she said, “at least not in a one-on-one conversation. But when it comes to giving a speech, it’s impossible for me to face a group with any confidence at all. Can you offer just one quick tip that will help me overcome my fear of public speaking?”

MY ANSWER ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT CONTROL

I answered: “My best advice is to have a conversation with your audience. You’re comfortable talking with one person. That same down-to-earth, easygoing, poised attitude and approach will work whether you are sharing your thoughts with one listener or one hundred or one thousand.” Next, I told her briefly about a famous speech coach who had worked with nationally recognized leaders in politics, television, sports, and business. The most successful ones, he observed, never changed their mode of presentation. They took their low-key person-to-person style into radio and TV studios, press conferences, and speeches to huge audiences.

I’LL SAY THE SAME THING NEXT TIME
I’m sure that somebody who attends my events will ask the same question again. I’ll give the same answer. Engage your audience in lively conversation, and you will greatly reduce your anxiety about giving speeches.

STAGE FRIGHT BOOK OFFERS 25 TIPS
FOR CONTROLLING YOUR ANXIETY

My book–25 Ways to Control Your Stage Fright…And Become a Highly Confident Speaker–will give you other valuable tips and strategies for controlling your stage fright. You can order this brief guide book in paperback or Kindle. Use this link:

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Celebrate King’s Day by Remembering His Speech

illustration of Martin Luther King Day background.
illustration of Martin Luther King Day background.

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Day, let’s honor the power of his rhetoric and his movement by focusing on the five reasons his “I Have a Dream Speech” became history-changing.

First: King’s life was consistent with his rhetoric. He did what he encouraged others to do. Surrounded by threats, bullied by hecklers and racist law officers, he endured arrest, followed Gandhi’s example of nonviolence, and ultimately gave his life in the advancement of civil rights.

Second: The speech still resonates because of King’s vivid illustrations. We “have come to our nation’s Capitol to cash a check,” he said. Yet the nation’s response to promises of justice was marked “insufficient funds.” Even so, he said “We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”

Third:
Dr. King used catchy, attention-riveting words. Grand example: noting that Negroes were stranded on “a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

Fourth:
King spoke with stirring emotion. His pulsating emotion emerged naturally from his genuinely intense belief in his message. In the magic of the moment, he departed from his prepared text to speak directly from his heart.

Fifth: He sustained magnetism because his message was consistent. He allowed no room for partial, delayed solutions to segregation. Compromise was not in his vocabulary as a leader.

Yes, because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr lived the message he spoke, used vivid illustrations, coined creative words and phrases, spoke with obviously genuine emotion, and stuck to a consistent, unwavering theme, commemorating his “I Have a Dream” speech is more than justifiable—it is morally imperative.

HEAR KING’S SPEECH NOW
Watch and hear King’s speech:

http://tinyurl.com/gmodna9

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