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Speaker's Bootcamp

According to a survey by the Sunday Times of London, 41% of people list public speaking as their biggest fear. Forget small spaces, darkness, and spiders – standing up in front of a crowd and talking is far more terrifying for most people.

However, mastering this fear and getting comfortable speaking in public can be a great ego booster, not to mention a huge benefit to your career. This workshop will give you some valuable public speaking skills, including in-depth information on developing an engaging program and delivering your presentation with power.

Workshop Objectives

Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning that the learning occurs more easily and rapidly. With that in mind, let’s review our goals for this workshop. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

 

  • Identify their audience

  • Create a basic outline

  • Organize their ideas

  • Flesh out their presentation

  • Find the right words

  • Prepare all the details

  • Overcome nervousness

  • Deliver a polished, professional speech

  • Handle questions and comments effectively

13 Modules include:

  • Module One: Getting Started

  • Module Two: Identifying Your Audience

  • Module Three: Creating a Basic Outline

  • Module Four: Organizing the Program

  • Module Five: Fleshing It Out

  • Module Six: Putting It All Together

  • Module Seven: Being Prepared

  • Module Eight: Overcoming Nervousness

  • Module Nine: Delivering Your Speech (I)

  • Module Ten: Delivering Your Speech (II )

  • Module Eleven: Questions and Answers

  • Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

Requirements:

- A willingness to speak out loud and not simply read or watch videos about speaking

- A willingness to try things outside of your comfort zone in order to learn new speaking skills

Prerequisites

No prerequisites, but to participate and complete this course, you will need a computer, internet connection, ability to connect to www.Zoom.usand the ability to download your Speakers Bootcamp training manual (pdf file).

 

5 Common Public Speaking Mistakes 

Even though most people don’t enjoy public speaking, there are strategies to doing it well. You don’t have to be a professional speaker to make an impact on your audience. One way to feel most comfortable speaking in front of others is to recognize and avoid these top 5 mistakes.

1. Memorizing or reading your entire presentation. Your audience came to hear you speak to them - not read or deliver a rote, memorized performance. Your responsibility is to communicate with your audience, not atthem. By treating your audience as if you were having a conversation in your living room, you will find that you are much more comfortable and in better control of your nervousness. 

2. Not knowing your material. If you are not familiar with your words or how your speech or presentation is meant to flow, then you are likely to make more errors. Making a mistake or two is not the issue - making a lot of them is! 

3. Speaking too fast. Controlling your speed is extremely important if you expect your audience to be able to understand what you are saying. Listening to someone move at 100 mph takes much more energy than listening to them at 75! Incidentally, talking at a furious pace saps your energy as well.  

4. Staring at an object on the wall. You should not focus your attention on a spot on the wall or above the heads of your audience. Look the audience in the eye. Make that contact with your listeners, and you will then be aware of their reaction to you. Remember, public speaking is a form of communication. If you are not making eye contact, then you are not communicating. 

5. Running Out of Air. Breathlessness on the podium is one of the most common mistakes made because many novice speakers do not think to breathe. If you wait until you are totally out of breath, you will then be required to inhale a huge amount of air in order to fill your lungs. In doing so, you will experience breathlessness and a tightness in your chest. My advice is to learn to breathe with the support of your diaphragm - truly the best means of controlling nervousness - and then practice supplementing your air supply before you are depleted. 

These 5 common mistakes can be easily rectified if you know your material, converse with your audience, learn how to control your speed, make eye contact with your listeners and remember to breathe. I'm here as your coach to make sure you don't make these mistakes.

 

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