Avoid 5 of The Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Don't Be That Speaker

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Conferences, workshops, company meetings.  We've all been to public speaking presentations that did not fulfill expectations.  The speaker doesn't deliver, his content falls flat, and everyone is disappointed, feeling like they wasted their time.

When you're asked to present for whatever reason, don't be that speaker.


Here are the key mistakes to avoid in public speaking

  1. Being Boring.  There's nothing worse than a dry, monotone speaker who has zero enthusiasm.  Avoid that by getting excited about your content, by varying your pitch, speech rate, volume and vocal tone.  Your energy and passion is contagious: show it and fire up your audience.

2. Relying on AV.  "Death by Powerpoint," means standing there and reading your slides.  If you must use slides, have big photos and very few words.  Use funny slides. Videos are great, but audio can fail. Let your material stand on its own.

3. Letting Anxiety Win  Everyone gets nervous; good speakers convert that adrenaline into enthusiasm. Shaking, high pitched voices, pacing or licking your lips are all signs of anxiety.

Instead of giving into the nerves, do this:
• Breathe deeply from the belly
• Swallow rather than clearing your throat
• Shrug your shoulder and roll your neck
• Smile and realize everyone wants you to succeed
• Practice and “own” your message
• Visualize a successful outcome - Believe in the value you offer

4. No eye contact and no smiles.  Audiences don't trust speakers who won't look them in the eye.  Smiling at people shows you're confident.

5. No audience involvement.  Today's audiences have very short attention spans, and if they can look at their phones while you're speaking, they will.  Engage them every 10 minutes.  Use dyads, small groups, ask questions, do surveys, play games. Get them on their feet engaging with your material.

Sooner or later, almost every professional has to do public speaking.  Know your content well, practice, get the nerves out before you go on, and smile.  Get everyone involved, having fun, and they are sure to remember you and your message - in a good way.

 

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Coping with Natural Disasters

Overcoming Fear and Worry and Moving Into Action

hurricanes and stressUnfortunately, with global warming, we live in a time when natural disasters occur more and more frequently, whether it's the recent fires in California, or the pending hurricanes all over the globe.  At times like this, it's easy to go into fear and panic, neither of which will help you cope effectively.

Here's what you can do about natural disasters.

  • Get as much legitimate information as possible but do not get glued to TV updates.  The news thrives on crises and catastrophes.  But the more you watch, the more upset you will get.  Stay informed and then get moving.
  • Be proactive rather than reactive.  Pack emergency bags, even if the storms, fires, etc. seem far away. Include passports, documents, medicines, a week's worth of clothes.Be ready to move as soon as you need to.
  • Take photos of all important papers, wills, documents, insurance policies, passports, etc. and send them to the cloud. Do the same thing with children and pets' medical records.  Put harnesses on your animals and have leashes nearby- even cats.  Put id on your pets.
  • If you have to leave, take your pets with you or they may very well die.  They are part of your family- don't neglect them. Give them Rescue Remedy or Homeopet anxiety drops in their water. If you're scared, they're scared. Bring toys and food, litter and doggies bags with you, and any medicine.
  • Listen to officials.  If they give you a mandatory evacuation, do it.  People who don't and stay behind create added stress for first responders.
  • Reach out to loved ones and tell them you love them.  If you are in a danger zone, let them know you are ok.  Post that you are safe on social media. Have a central number to call into.
  • Don't let fear take over.  Pray, meditate, ask for help, assist others.  This is not the time to panic. This is the time to stay calm and take necessary action.
  • Remember that your life is what's important.  Yes- we value our homes and material possessions.  But your life is what matters, and the lives of those you love.
  • Check on single people, particularly elderly neighbors and be sure they are ok.
  • Stay positive and upbeat, focus on gratitude and be a positive force in your area.What you focus on manifests, so don't put your energy into worry and fear. Focus on the good- there is always plenty of good.You have so much more strength and courage than you know.  You can get through a natural disaster and bounce back.  You are powerful beyond measure.  Tap into your innate wisdom, courage and ability to lift others and thrive in the midst of chaos.  You can do this.

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Are You Giving Yourself Enough Credit for Completion?

Celebrate and Acknowledge the Big Steps to Success!

celebrating completionLast week had two major milestones for me.  I finished the full draft of my 7th book on women and overwhelm.  And I experienced the completion of my book proposal as I sent it out to my book scout and agent. (That has to happen before it can be shopped with publishers.) Whew!!!  That was a year and a half of work there and it felt amazing.

Those of you who have heard me speak know that I talk about the power of completion, how everyone gets excited when they start a new project but tend to slow down momentum in the actual doing.  Some never get to completion, and that’s a shame.  Because there’s a special energy and momentum that comes forward when you do complete, when you do finish, when you come to a milestone.  And that energy fuels future projects and gives you an enormous sense of satisfaction.  Most of you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Celebrate the Milestones

I celebrated most of Labor Day weekend.  My husband and I went out to dinner and watched the sunset on the Intercoastal waterway.  The next day, I did three of my favorite things, I went to yoga, went to the beach (my favorite place on earth) and out to dinner and board games with dear friends.  And on Sunday, I rested in a way I hadn’t in months.  I watched movies at home, read a novel and napped.  It was a great weekend and a wonderful way to acknowledge progress.

Your Why Fuels Completion

And now I’m on to the next phase.  When the changes came in (which I knew they would) to my proposal and I had to cut over 40 pages (eek!) I got busy.  But I’m almost done with that, too.  That’s because I have a bigger goal driving me.  That goal is to liberate women everywhere from overwhelm and help them embrace their magnificence.  It fuels me as I move forward on this book.  It fires me up everytime I meet an exhausted, amazing woman who is overloaded with responsibility.  It’s my Why.

What’s yours?  What’s driving you? What completion can you achieve and celebrate this week?  You have so much wisdom, talent and ability inside.  You are unique and no one else can bring your rare and special perspective to what you do.  You touch so many lives, whether you realize it or not.

Give yourself the gift of completion and celebrate each milestone. It’s powerful and you will feel fantastic.

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