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WHAT ARE THE COMMON FEARS WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC SPEAKING?

WHAT ARE THE COMMON FEARS WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC SPEAKING? 23
STAGE FRIGHT HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING But the term “public speaking” no longer refers to just talking in front of a physical STAGE audience. It can also mean presenting to a virtual audience through online events, FRIGHT meetings, conferences. In this short paper, Daniel Waas, Director of IS A Product Marketing, Communications Cloud at Citrix, looks at how you can overcome your BIGGIE. fear of public speaking. AND IT EVEN HAS ITS OWN NAME: GLOSSOPHOBIA.I hate speaking in front of large groups of WHAT ARE THE COMMON people, yet I love picturing the standing FEARS WHEN IT COMES TO ovation after delivering a great speech (you PUBLIC SPEAKING have to dream big, right). Looking like a fool And if you’ve ever seen a documentary about Boring the audience people with phobias, they’re always told to face their fears. So after trying to think of anything Being lost for words other than doing just that, I challenged myself People noticing your nervousness to go and speak at large events in order to overcome my fear of public speaking. People hating the presentation or, worse, getting up to leave I know — why would someone do that Now all of these are valid concerns, but what if I told you that there’s a way to avoid them But it worked. Here are a few things I learned Nothing will happen to you if you follow my on my quest for presentation zen. fourstep plan to publicspeaking invincibility.WHAT EXACTLY WILL BE STEP 1: AVAILABLE TO YOU PREPARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT X Laptop/tablet (do you need to bring IN ADVANCE SO YOU your own) CAN CONCENTRATE ON X Microphone DELIVERY X Projector or display Ultimately, you want to calm your nerves. X Presentation clicker Knowing that you’ve spent the necessary amount of time preparing not only your X Lectern presentation but also your environment will X Power socket to plug in your laptop ease that nervous feeling. FOR ONLINE PRESENTATIONS Here are a few things to check before the big day: X Will you present from your machine or control the presentation via someone else’s computer X Will you need a webcam X Have you got a headset with a builtin microphone X If no headset, have you got a telephone with loudspeaker capability so your hands will be free to control the presentation X Have you got the login detailsREHEARSAL TIME POWER X Have you set up a rehearsal X Is your laptop fully charged and have beforehand so you can become you got the power cable familiar with your technology and surroundings PRESENTATION BACKUP SLIDES AND NOTES X Have you got the presentation saved X Have you printed out your slides and in more than one place For example, notes in case of some sort of technical try multiple memory sticks in case one failure In the worstcase scenario, doesn’t work. You can also email the you will still be able to present, even if presentation to yourself or save it to people can’t see your presentation. a cloud storage service so you can find Now that you’ve got the external factors under it quickly if you’re in a rush. control, it’s time to talk topic.STEP 2: DON’T ALLOW THE TOPIC TO PETRIFY YOU The one thing you’ll need most when speaking publicly is confidence. And nothing undermines your confidence more than being absolutely clueless about the topic you’re supposed to present on. There are two ways to avoid getting rattled: 1. Pick a topic you’re an expert on. 2. If that is not an option and you’re stuck with a topic you know zilch about, cram as much knowledge as possible into your brain before the speech. Ideally, even get some hands on experience with whatever it is you’ll need to talk about. Phew Now that you know your stuff and you’re more prepared, the likelihood of looking like an utter fool has just decreased tenfold.Conjure up a matching image for STEP 3: HAVE A STUNNING each idea PRESENTATION READY If you’re looking for pictures, there is a great Before you even open your mouth, your blog post here with over 50 free image sources. audience will form an impression of you just by looking at your slides. So it’s imperative that you spend time crafting a stunning presentation — it’s just as important as the speech you give. Here are some tips that work for me: Use one idea per slide For each idea, take your matching image and Keep to one idea per slide. Ideally, summarize make it fill your whole slide. Then add the the idea in fewer than five words. Three if you words (if any) in big bold letters (30+ font size). feel up to it. One if you like a challenge. Or if This can be really effective: having just a few you’re feeling really brave, use no words at all. words on your slides will enable your audience Add a new slide for each idea you have until to focus on what you’re saying, rather than you’re out of ideas. trying to read and listen at the same time.Arrange your ideas into a story arc A story arc is a way of telling a story over The benefit: you’ll have a much easier time various chapters or episodes. It can be memorizing your speech and remembering particularly effective in public speaking. Here what’s next. Presenting all of it as part of are three examples from my own speeches: an overarching story will also help hold everybody’s attention, so boredom will be X In a speech about lead management, less likely. I used the circle of life as an analogy, telling the life story of a lead from And if that wasn’t reason enough to try stories, conception to birth, to death and your heroic presentation will make a great finally to resurrection. impression on your audience, and you’ll be on your way to winning them over. X Talking about a website relaunch, I used a photo of myself stretching for an unattainable goal pictured as a castle in the sky. I then told the story of how we put that goal within reach and ended with another photo: the castle in the sky firmly in my grip. X In a speech about flexible working, I told micro stories about how workshifting has impacted my daily life. STEP 4: PRACTICE AS IF YOUR LIFE WERE AT STAKE Best of all, feeling secure about the opening When I prepped for my first big speech, I read line takes away much of the nervousness up on presenting. I was blown away when I immediately before you go on stage. And learned Steve Jobs rehearsed his presentations once you’re past your first sentence, you’re weeks in advance and two days straight in the flow. leading up to the event. If Steve Jobs managed to get that into his undoubtedly superbusy schedule, what was Works every time my excuse for not being able to Ever since then, I’ve rehearsed my presentations at least five times out loud, sometimes coercing my wife or colleagues to listen and provide feedback. Then I spend extra time on polishing the opening and closing sequences and rearranging words and sentences until they feel just right. It all ties back to confidence. If you’ve rehearsed well, your confidence is high and that shows when you present. A smooth opening. No awkward pauses.ABOUT THE AUTHOR Daniel Waas is Director of the EMEA Demand Generation team here at Citrix. He’s a geek at heart who loves LEGO, scifi and the occasional video game if time permits. 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