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The usual situation when giving a speech is this – the closer you get to starting, the harder your heart beats. Breathing becomes more and more difficult, and it feels as if someone is sitting on your chest. The only clear thought hammering in your head is, “But what happens if I fail?” Are you familiar with this situation? If
There are lots of public speaking related books that have a chapter about “how to use humor in a speech.” Also, most of them suggest that you “start with a joke.” Of course, it seems like a good idea, because everybody loves a good laugh and everybody loves a chuckle. So, how to use humor in a speech? Here are
Here’s the thing about public speaking: it’s one of the few things in life where you can be 13 years old or you can be 5 years old, and you can actually be better than your parents or lots of other adults. This is not true with driving and other dangerous skills that are only available to adults. But public
Someone significant in your life has passed and it is now time to deliver a eulogy. The responsibility is on your shoulders. Of course, it’s a sad time but it doesn’t mean there can’t be some lightness brought into it – even humor when done in an appropriate way. So, how do you deliver an effective eulogy? It’s an opportunity
What do you think of when you picture yourself up on stage giving a speech? You may mentally plan out your movements, your mannerisms, and your speaking points, but how much thought have you given to your tech? The gadgets for the presentation you plan to use on stage can make all the difference when it comes to delivering a
Believe it or not, but I get asked about stage fright almost every single day. Fear of public speaking is something that holds back a lot of speakers with great potential. This is a widespread phobia that many people I’ve talked to have struggled with. Fortunately, I’ve decided to put together a full guide for my readers who are struggling
When it comes to speaking in front of a large audience, there are all sorts of chicken and egg issues. If you just tell yourself it’s not a problem, then you can be conversational and very relaxed. So, how do you speak to a large audience? You’ve got to have a specific goal for your speech and you should think
You’ve been nominated for an award and now you have to give an acceptance speech. It might be an Academy Award where the whole world is watching or it might be an award for the best coach in your little league. Regardless, it’s still important and you would like to look good while giving this speech. So, how to give
Using a teleprompter can be a great way to effectively communicate the contents of a speech in a somewhat controlled way so that you don’t forget what you want to say. This way, you can focus on really delivering the message and connecting with your audience. So, how to use a teleprompter during your speech? Vary your speaking speed and
There are a bunch of public speaking related questions that I keep hearing (and probably will keep hearing) during my training sessions or business consulting sessions. Usually, these are the same types of questions and therefore I call them “Frequently Asked Questions about Public Speaking” Here are my top 22 most common questions about this topic. 1. Why is public
Congratulations you’re about to retire. That’s good news, I hope, for you. And now you have the opportunity to give a farewell speech. This may be the last business speech you ever get. Therefore, it is time to talk about retirement speech. Let’s make it a good one. So, how to make a good retirement speech? It is a speech
If you are a fan of the TED talk format, you may have noticed that most of these speakers give a killer speech without the use of any notes. Maybe you want to learn how to do that, but you’re not sure where to start. After all, the thought of speaking without any notes may seem daunting and nerve-wracking to
Even if there is no official videographer for your upcoming speech, it is very likely that someone in attendance will be recording on their smartphone or other mobile device. You may be shocked to learn that even the most experienced public speakers can get nervous when they realize their every move is being recorded for posterity. But by the end
While we’ve already explored the topic of speaking without notes here on my site, I’ve figured I should add a piece about speaking with notes. After all, there is nothing wrong with using notes in a speech, and it is the preferred method of many speakers. I know that there are a lot of times when I choose to use
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