how to avoid public speaking fear and how to book public speaking engagements
ON HOW TO BECOME
A GREAT PUBLIC SPEAKER
"Don't be afraid to be yourself. People
will love you not because you have the
perfect memorized speech, correct hand
gestures or the most mind-blowing 'Aha'
moment, people will love you because
they'll get a chance to experience who
"The best advice I can give you is what
worked for me, if you want to be a great
public speaker you have to start where
you are. There’s no way around it. They
say that practice makes perfect but I say
practice makes you less nervous and
STORING more comfortable when on stage."
Author, TEDx Speaker, Minister
"You DON'T become a great public speaker
by sitting in your office thinking about
speaking. You become a great public
speaker by actually speaking. Speak
everywhere, as often as you can. Speak.
Speak. Speak. That's how you become a
great public speaker."
Executive Leadership Coach
LET IT FLOW
"I've been working on letting my deeper
intuition speak. I'm allowing what is deep
within me to come out in a clear, pure way.
And that has become a more powerful way
to connect and communicate than I
previously could accomplish through effort
and preparation how it is traditionally
Founder, The Lively Show
1START WITH THE END
"Begin with the end in mind. Before
committing your first word to paper,
consider how you want your audience to
feel, to think, to act at the conclusion of
your speech. Write your speech to
support this end goal and ensure your
call to action is aligned to your desired
Executive Director, ProjectDriven
WRITE A SPEECH ONLY
YOU CAN DELIVER
-ANALYZE your audience – find ways to
connect - so you can change how they
think or behave.
-Identify your INTENTIONS. What
outcomes would you like to see?
-Commit to a solitary MESSAGE."
"A great public speaker is someone who
can transform an audience so that they
see the world differently from when they
arrived. In order to be an effective
speaker, one has to fully integrate the
art of storytelling and connect it to
Life & Business Coach
"You need to really figure out the brand
or message you want to send. What will
your platform be and who will you be
sharing it with? Once you have the
theme or message that you want to
share - START Everyone needs to start
somewhere, but the key is starting. Start
sharing this everywhere you can."
Speech Pathologist and Founder, AstiNova
"To perfect public speaking, you need to
have the perfect balance of preparation,
flow and story telling. Flow comes from
knowing the ins and outs of the topic and
being fluid with your grasp of the concept.
Visually mapping the arc of the
presentation in your head will allow you to
follow the story you crafted while keeping
the audience engaged and captivated."
"Have a structure that makes it easy to
remember and follow along. Learn to tell
good stories and include them in your
talks. Connect with your audience
visually by being fully present and
releasing fears. Keep learning- read
books, take an improv class, work with a
Mindset Mentor & Visibility Coach
I'm a firm believer in the concept of
"mirroring", meaning whatever you are
putting out to your audience is what you
will receive in turn. If I'm energetic,
engaged, and enthusiastic, I can see the
same sentiment reflected back at me by
those sitting in the crowd. I term this
"poise", because it's the perception you
National Speaker &
are controlling as you deliver your speech.
"Get involved with programs where you
can get experience and get feedback on
your speaking. Then practice, practice,
practice when you're getting ready to
speak. When it is time to speak
remember, everyone wants to see you COLLEEN
succeed - so have fun"
Creative Comm Strategist
NOT ABOUT YOU
"First, take a leap of faith and take a public
speaking opportunity, believe that you can
do it and then actually do it. Next? Practice
your delivery and practice reading your
audience, understanding your audiences
needs and listening to them as well. Realize
that it's not about you at all - it's about
your audience and how they understand,
afakhreddine feel and react."
Editor, Speaker, Fitness
BECOME A SPEAKER
"Great speakers are made, not born. And
good speakers become better speakers
with preparation and practice.
1) Know your topic.
2) Prepare appropriately for your speaking
engagements but don’t over-prepare. No
one likes listening to a robot.
3) Make it all about the audience."
Founder, Carlton PR & Marketing
3PAUSE & SLOW DOWN
"My first response is practice, nothing is
more important. Best advice I ever
received was to slow down and pause
more, it's the first time the audience is
hearing/seeing what you're talking about
and giving them time to digest it is very
Founder, Just Not Sorry
"Connecting with the audience through
personal stories is my strength and they
pay attention. Connection closes the gap
between the speaker and the audience,
makes the speaker approachable and it is
easier to win over the audience."
"You become a great public speaker by
connecting with your audience in a voice
that they best understand and by being
someone they can relate to. Do research
on the demographic of each audience
that you plan to speak to and get an DAWN
understanding of their needs/pain points
and how you can help ease them."
"Great public speakers cover these 3 key
Credibility - Speak with conviction and
Message - Ask "what's in it for the
Delivery - Say it in a way that's real and
Marketing & Small Business Consultant
FEEDBACK AND PRACTICE
"I asked my connections for their help and
support. Then I practice, practice practice"
Sr. Director, Brand Merchandising
ALEX AND ANI
"Share personal stories that relate to
your topic and audience Authenticity
and keeping it real reasonates with
VP Total Customer Experience, EMC
"I would say being oneself, being genuine
and understanding who one's audience is
are critically important. Pretty much my
prescription for just about everything"
Founder, Choose To Be Nice
"Go to your event early and meet some
of your audience. Shake hands and get to
know them. This will help you make some
"friends" before your talk. Then during
your talk, ask questions to engage the
audience. Now you will feel like talking to
a bunch of friends and having a regular
"You must take the time to research your
talking points, know your audience, tell a
great story and use a sense of humor to
break the ice. Speaking is all about
having fun, telling your story, and giving
permission to others to do the same
Image & Branding Consultant
"Be honest, authentic, fearless, funny,
know your audience and stay on point."
Award Winning Writer, Director, Producer