In today’s business world, the avenues for public speaking are many and varied. Being unable to face an audience and deliver a message means that someone else will. And, when that happens you can watch your own career stagnate or fail.
Look at the list below and start imagining. Read through the list and then close your eyes and envision what I am asking you to do. Force yourself to smile as you think of the suggestions. No frowning nor shaking of your head allowed. Imagine being a success, not only in your delivery, but with your message as well.
If fear is holding you back, then it is difficult to imagine any of the above conditions because your fear has the upper hand. It is in control. And it is a deterrent.
Instead of imagining what could go wrong, why not change your perspective and imagine what could go right. There are only 2 things you need to do to able to satisfy those 6 conditions:
1. Know your material inside and out, backwards and forwards, which is only possible if you practice it out loud. Reading it over in your mind is not practice. Basketball players and performers alike do not read to practice. They practice physically be it sports, acting, singing, playing an instrument or public speaking.
2. Treat your audience just as if you were sitting in your living room in conversation. When you can accomplish that, you will make eye contact with your audience. It is in that eye contact that you can then relax and actually enjoy talking to those who have come to hear you speak.
Stop wasting your time imagining what could go wrong. Know your material and talk as if in conversation; and, you will survive it and thrive in it as well. Don’t let your fear keep you from the success you are seeking.
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. To see how voice training can improve your life, both professionally and personally, visit Voice Dynamic or watch a brief video as The Voice Lady describes Dynamic Public Speaking.
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