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.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein
I know this is not necessarily a quote directly about public speaking fear. However, I like this quote because it reminds me that every problem has an opportunity for success. In this case, the difficulty is the fear of public speaking. The opportunity is the option to put aside the fear and make a difference by getting up to speak. Although you may not think it, any time you give a speech, presentation, or just talk to people, you have an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
Keep that in mind the next time you have an opportunity to speak.
You would think that with a title like this that it would a) have nothing to do with public speaking, and b) have nothing to do with running a billion dollar business. The fact is, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh uses all three methods and then some to run his billion dollar empire. Although he is naturally shy and wasn’t a great speaker, he has found ways to become a super-star speaker. Continue reading →
“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The former First Lady had an extreme fear of public speaking. However, she was considered by most as an extremely polished and experience speaker. From this quote we can see that she spent a considerable amount of time battling the fear by doing the thing she feared.
I recently posted an article on passion and how having passion about a topic can make you a better, more confident speaker. Here I show you an example of what a speaker with passion looks like. Continue reading →
Let me start by asking you a question. What are you passionate about? What is it in your life that really holds your interest and excites you? Is it your family? Is it your hobby? Is it your pet teacup chihuahua? Whatever it is I am willing to bet that you could go on for hours talking about your “passion”. Even if you don’t like talking (especially in front of a crowd) you would have no problem talking about this subject. Did you ever think why? Continue reading →