About dangirent

Dan is a software designer and trainer. His own fear of public speaking forced him to work hard at overcoming this obstacle. Since 1987, he has added tools, tricks, and secrets to his arsenal of public speaking weapons. He has developed an eBook called "Public Speaking Without Panic!". In this guide he explains step by step how he prepares for his own presentations and shares these tips with the readers.

10 Public Speaking Resources

I’m a big believer in ongoing learning. To this day I still study things that I know that I’m good at. It’s goes to the success principle of “sharpening the saw” – or honing your skills. This list has books, audios, and videos that can greatly improve your public speaking skills.
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Public Speaking Quote [9] – Albert Einstein

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.”
– Albert Einstein

Okay, this may be a stretch, but there is a link to public speaking fear and this quote by Einstein.
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Act “As-if”

When it comes to public speaking, there’s usually two types of people:

  • Those who LOVE it
  • Those who HATE it

I know that hate is a strong word but I think it’s an appropriate description of those who have a fear of public speaking. For the majority of people the latter is true. There’s a lot that you can do to work on your fear: deep breathing exercises, practice, hypnosis, etc. However, what if you’re still not at the level you want to be but still have to give a speech or presentation?
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Public Speaking Quote [8] – Unknown

“It takes longer to say “I can’t” than “I can”. Get in the habit of saying “I can” and save yourself some time.”
Unknown

I’m not sure where this came from. I heard someone mention it the other day and I LOVED IT! This is a great attitude-checking statement. When it comes to public speaking and feeling like you can’t do it because you’re afraid, think to yourself “I CAN do this!”. Keep that positive mental image. Even if you don’t truly believe it … yet. This goes to the adage “fake it until you make it”. If you can keep telling yourself that you CAN do it, then you will be able to at some point. Just keep trying.