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For some people, public speaking can bring about a lot of anxiety. It is a well-known fact that the fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears there is. Studies reflect that 40-70 percent of people rank public speaking to be their greatest fear. To be a successful public speaker, you should do your best to and get rid of that anxiety. It is important to know what problems are common and how you can do what you should to help avoid them. Here are some tips to help you avoid the bad habits some speakers use so that you don’t do them.

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Most people hear the words, “Extemporaneous Speech,” and want to head for the door. No way to they want to get up and give a speech unprepared. In truth, that is only one definition of the phrase. It can mean:

  • Performed without any preparation
  • Prepared for in advance, but given without the use of notes
  • Skilled at speaking without any preparation or notes

The first definition will definitely have some looking for the back door. Surely, no one wants to have to give a speech without any preparation. Even having a teacher ask us to stand and tell about ourselves makes some quiver. If it is a topic we’re familiar with, however, most of us can fumble through it.

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I doubt there is anyone alive who’s never been in an argument. Arguing is more than just disagreeing with someone. The same is true when you’re giving an argumentative speech. A good argumentative speech requires the use of critical thinking skills you have to present a good argument. You have to back your arguments by reasons, and they must be supported by evidence. In a good argumentative speech, you must defend your position in an effective way.

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Don’t let negativity crush your self esteem and ruin your life. It can, and you need to recognize it, and as Barney Fife would say, “Nip it, nip it in the bud.” When people are asked to give speeches for any reason, you usually hear a reply, “I can’t do that.” The question to ask yourself is, “Can’t…or won’t?” Sometimes we take on a “Negaholic” approach to speech giving.

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You may have been there. Your heart races, your breathing becomes shallow, your palms sweat, and yes, you get those embarrassing sweat stains under your arms. While some may think its funny, if it’s ever happened to you, you know it’s no laughing matter.

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Most of us are born without the presentation gene, yet it’s hard to imagine your career going anywhere unless you can deliver an effective speech. Even for professionals who appear confident, presenting can a real struggle.

You’ve probably had to sit through presentations that were so bad you felt like strangling the guy just to put him and the audience out of their misery. On the other hand, however, you’ve also seen presentations that were so inspiring they changed your life.

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Persuasive speeches are given from school public speaking courses to boardrooms to conference rooms. The power to persuade people to think the way you think, want what you have to offer, buy what you have to sell, is valuable thing. How do you persuade someone when you speak? Some may think it’s difficult, but truthfully, it can be done in a very simple manner. If done effectively, even though simple, you’ll achieve your goal.

The structure for the short, simple persuasion speech can be as follows:

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  • INTRODUCTION

There is something about a piece of artwork or music that moves you. That is the very essence of the word “art.” That’s exactly what the art of public speaking does…moves the audience. It may motivate them to do something, or it may persuade them to buy something by moving them to do so. A good delivery of your presentation can give you a certain uniqueness and extra edge that will show there is value to it.

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To begin your desired career as a public speaker, you first need experience. You may not be paid for these activities, but they can help build your reputation as a speaker. Activities that allow you to practice public speaking can help you overcome nervousness, build confidence and increase the likelihood of being asked to speak again. Speaking at public events and making conversation are among ways that you can develop your ability to ad-lib, while preparing notes in different formats could instill greater memory retention. Before you start, there are a few things you should do.

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Most people don’t really enjoy going to sales presentations. A great number of sales people age good one on one or in small groups, but in front of an audience, they’re different. It doesn’t matter what type of audience you’re speaking to, you can do a good speech if you jazz it up a bit.

Keeping your speeches interesting will also give you more confidence. When the audience connects with you, it will help you feel better about what you’re doing. After all, the audience is what it’s all about. It’s about them learning and absorbing what you have to offer. You can make the audience “want, “to listen instead of “have” to listen if you keep your presentation interesting. Jazzing up your presentation will make them want to. Here are a few ways to do it.

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About Alex Ryan
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and Public Speaking Coach

Alex C Ryan has been helping individuals master their speaking skills and become better, confident and higher paid public speakers. He personally instructs his clients step-by-step how to launch their own coaching businesses enabling them to retire at an early age and work with more freedom.
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