Speakers Need to “Feel That Juice”

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When Tiger Woods teed off in the first round of the 2015 Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Thursday, his drive off the first tee marked the 307th time he has started a round in a PGA Tour event. So, would we assume that he no longer feels the jitters when he is about to hit his first shot? By now, hasn’t he become the proverbial “cool, calm, and collected”?

In an interview afterward with Tim Warsinskey of The Plain Dealer newspaper, Tiger commented:

“Oh, I always get nervous,” He added: “That’s great. And the day I don’t feel nervous on the first tee is the day I quit. That means I don’t care anymore. I want to feel that juice on the first day.”

SOLID LESSON FOR SPEAKERS
What Tiger Woods said provides a solid lesson for speakers. When I provide Speech Coaching for clients, one of the first questions I hear is, “Can you help me get rid of my stage fright?” I explain that while many speakers think that stage fright is a totally negative experience, fear of the audience and the speaking situation enables us to “feel that juice” Tiger Woods described. Advantages:

–We prepare more thoroughly, to reduce our tension.
–We look and sound energetic.
–We become less rigid and more mobile.
–We ignite our audience, since enthusiasm is contagious.

So the next time you start shaking at the thought of your speech that’s minutes away, recognize this means–to borrow Tiger’s language again–you care. Realize, too, that your anxiety matches what a teacher feels on the first day of class, a novice sales professional senses when she approaches an appointment, and the new employee feels entering his office.

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10 Resources to Help You Speak Persuasively

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TERRY BROCK–A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF PERSUASIVE SPEAKING

Terry Brock, based in Orlando, Florida is among the most persuasive speakers I have ever heard. Among his skills:

–Establishes rapport instantly
–Ignites audiences through total commitment to his topic and through energetic delivery
–Entertains with tasteful (and often spontaneous) humor
–Directs meaningful interaction
–Teaches without condescending
–Explains clearly the details of succesfully marketing your product and service
–Demonstrates the latest technology he has tested personally

Terry’s persuasive speaking skills have taken him to many countries outside his native America, and brought him the highest awards from the National Speakers Association. For more information about this dynamic presenter, visit his Web site:

http://www.terrybrock.com

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YOU TOO CAN LEARN HOW TO SPEAK WITH PERSUASIVE POWER
Persuasive speaking skills are not reserved only for top professional speakers like Terry Brock. You can learn to speak more persuasively, too–and that’s why I recommend these 10 resources for you.

ONE: BOOK, Innovative Presentations for Dummies.
This link to Amazon’s page gives you my video/text review, reviews by others, and ordering instructions.

http://tinyurl.com/jwmr8jb

TWO: BILL LAMPTON’S AUDIO CD, “Speaking with Poise, Power, and Persuasion,” available from his Web site’s shopping cart:

http://tinyurl.com/ldn7262

THREE: BILL LAMPTON’S CUSTOMIZED SPEECH COACHING FOR YOU

http://tinyurl.com/otlcgz

FOUR: SPEAKING SKILL OF CINNABON PRESIDENT, KAT COLE

http://tinyurl.com/kcrxk7c

FIVE: VIDEO “3 MORE WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR STAGE FRIGHT”

http://tinyurl.com/dhy9b3

SIX: VIDEO “AUDIENCES WANT TO HEAR YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE”

http://youtu.be/-rn7Cta8HCE

SEVEN: CHUCK SWINDOLL’S CLASSIC STATEMENT ABOUT ATTITUDE

http://tinyurl.com/ltdktdd

EIGHT: MONTHLY ONLINE NEWSLETTER, “WINNING WORDS AND WAYS”

Subscribe to Bill Lampton’s newsletter by entering your name and e-mail address in the slots provided on his Web site:

http://www.championshipcommunication.com

–NINE: ARTICLE “LIGHTEN UP WHEN YOU SPEAK”

http://tinyurl.com/4y6qbw5

TEN: VIDEO “GREAT SPEAKERS PAINT WORD PICTURES”

http://tinyurl.com/o7sunp7

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