Business Public Speaking Agony Uncle
Develop Your Public Speaking Skills
When I started public speaking I read and received lots of useless advice. Most of it reduced my confidence.
Advice: Get a good night’s sleep.
Louis: How on earth do I get a good night’s sleep when I’m nervous?
Advice: Take a sleeping pill to get good nights sleep.
Louis: I am not a junkie. How do I perform well when I feel like a Zombie the day after I’ve taken one?
Advice: Do not talk as soon as you get on the stage?
Louis: It takes confidence to stand there and say nothing. I’ll be nervous. I’ll get more nervous as I wait to start. Not good.
Advice:Make eye contact with the audience members one by one.
Louis: How am I going to make eye contact when I need to look at my notes?
Advice: Speak unusually slowly
Louis: Anything with the word unusual is nearly impossible when I am nervous.
confidence building advice
There is a single piece of advice confidence building advice I give that always works.
Most business speakers are rubbish. You have to force yourself to concentrate to stop from drifting off. True?
If you’re seeking advice, you have prepared well. If you have prepared well, you have good content.
The benchmark you are competing with is poor. Nature will make you better as you are well prepared and have sought advice.
Except for the sleeping pills, all of the above are valid. Rather than advice they are skills and habits I can help you develop over time. Not an instant fix.