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How does one improve public speaking.

Justin Russo
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How does one get rid of nervousness when speaking in public(more than two).

Are there tools which provide the necessary boost to ignite confident when speaking in public.

This is one of the criteria, Management of any firm see/would like to see in their employees when they discuss who/who Not to give promotions.
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Bear Bibeault
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Practice.

Really. Just get out there and do it.


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Nicholas Jordan
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Yup. That's how you do it. Two things that help greatly are to have something that you know a lot about or something that you are very interested in. Either one helps greatly. Do not try to do public speaking on something you do not wish to.


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Mark Herschberg
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Practice, practice, practice.

Try the Toastmasters Club, as they provide help for people looking to improve public speaking.

For me, it was my ballroom dance training that helped me become a better speaker. Anything involving being befo and auidance, e.g. acting, dancing, debate, improv, magic shows, juggling, will help you gain confidence in public, which is the key to successful public speaking.

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Justin Russo
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Thanks.. Is the ToastMasters club a community?
Mark Herschberg
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"Community" means so many things... JavaRanch, NYC metro area, members of a church... so I don't know how to answer that.

I'm thinking a visit to their website might help answer your questions.

--Mark
Nicholas Jordan
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There are Toast Masters in almost every town. That's what they do. Often they meet somewhere for lunch. During lunch or something they take turns talking in front of the others so that there is a ....

Just google it - it is what you need.
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Justin Russo
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Thanks a lot..
Henry Wong
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I do not recommend this as a path to improve public speaking, but....

I got really comfortable with speaking in a room of a couple dozen people, after exactly one presentation with a couple hundred people. I got comfortable with speaking on stage with an audience of a couple hundred people, after being interviewed and presenting on live TV, broadcast worldwide, within the corporation. I am not comfortable with doing that again, nor want to envision what it will take to get me comfortable with doing that again.

Trial by fire. It works. And it's scary as hell.

Henry
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Nicholas Jordan
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Originally posted by Henry Wong:
(...snip...)Trial by fire. It works. And it's scary as hell.

Henry


I have found that to be almost the only effective methodology. If poster needs to be able to speak at podia, there may be no events of this nature aforehand and on that basis we have Toast Masters as a "something that will work in lieu of best practices"

I have gotten to the point that what scares me is no "trial by fire" available and will seek it with moderated desperation if only reasonable avenunes are available. In the work of public speaking, there is a mental state that ensues as a consequence of so much attention.

Toast Masters provides an attenuated version.
Anamika Singh
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I too had stage fear..but I realized that if I concentrate really hard on what I am speaking and how well I can explain to others around, then I get a diversion from the fear. 5-10 minutes of talking like this and I am not shaky at all.
You can try making presentations to small groups , preferably of people known to you or your project team. So it would be like talking to a group of friends. Concentrate on what you need to talk and nothing else.

Even if you are scared or mistakes.. do it..the more often you do it, the sooner you will be comfortable. Hope this helps.
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