Tag Archives: nervousness

A drink to calm your nerves? Don’t do it!

Alcohol is never the answer! Instead of drinking on the day, overcome your fear in advance by making sure you know what you’re doing. Continue reading

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It starts with having something to say

Successful public speaking is about conveying a message. It starts with having something to say. Continue reading

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Public speaking: it’s nothing to be afraid of

What have public speaking and travelling on the Paris metro got in common? They are both considered, by some, to be scary. Here’s how to overcome fear of these and other activities. Continue reading

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Fear of public speaking: take what’s useful and ditch the rest

Rational fear is productive: irrational fear is destructive. You CAN overcome irrational fear, but only if you stare it in the face. Continue reading

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How to deliver a punchline

So many potentially funny or powerful punchlines are undermined by bad delivery. High speed and lack of eye contact are common detractors, as is the irritating tendency to make some sort of moving-on sound (‘er’, ‘arr’, ‘um’) to cover the … Continue reading

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Self-reflection: reasons not to rehearse your speech or presentation in front of a mirror

Practising public speaking in front of a mirror is a bad idea. The concept is flawed because it focuses you on precisely the wrong thing: yourself. If you’re nervous, talking to the mirror will only make it worse, as you … Continue reading

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Do you avoid public speaking?

In an age when there’s more public speaking going on than ever before, it’s amazing how many people’s professional (and occasionally private) lives are shaped by avoiding it. Whether it’s within the organisation you work for, at a job interview … Continue reading

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