This Is Why It’s Okay To Change Mid-Speech

Matt KramerOvercoming Fear, Public Speaking2 Comments

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Imagine you’re speaking to an audience of human beings that are pretending to be life-sized cardboard cutouts. What can you do?You can change, that’s what! If something doesn’t work at the beginning, it’s okay to change. Even if you’ve planned on tying it to your ending. You’re not chained to something just because you’ve planned it.I gave a speech a few months back and I … Read More

Tactical Talks TOP 5: The Best Public Speaking Articles On The Web – Vol. #2

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ROUND 2 OF SCAVENGING BEGINS! Each month I will scour the interwebz looking for the best articles on public speaking.I’ll be looking for topics like these:Overcoming the fear of public speakingPresentation tipsBody language and other technical speaking tipsAnd anything in between…I’m looking for the interesting, the fascinating, the practical, and anything with worthwhile information to help you become a better communicator. … Read More

Only Talk To ONE Person In The Audience & Forget Everyone Else!

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There are hundreds of techniques designed to calm your nerves before a speech.Many are unique, if not border-line stupid, such as sliding a rubber band on your wrist to self-mutilate when you sense anxiety creeping up (the pain is meant to distract you from the fear). Interesting…Well, a big reason public speaking creates a butterfly mating ground in our stomach is … Read More

Why Fear Is Good For Public Speaking (It’s Outrageous)

Matt KramerMotivation, Overcoming Fear, Public Speaking2 Comments

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I’m sure you’ve heard that people fear public speaking more than death.  Lately I’ve been hearing that it’s a bogus stat, but that’s beside the point. The fact that the two get compared at all gives the fear of public speaking a serious legitimacy.Just to be clear of what were talking about, it also gets called glossophobia, speech anxiety, or even “performance anxiety.” … Read More

Public Speaking Advice That You Must Watch Out For

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Advice and constructive criticism are supposed to make you stronger, right?The thing is, that’s not always true.People have a tendency to pass around what they like…with little or no thought to whether it fits the person they’re giving it to.I’m not a huge fan of visual aids, but I would never tell anyone not to use them. Some people would though.They’d say, … Read More

Tactical Talks TOP 5: The Best Public Speaking Articles On The Web

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The HUNT is on!Each month I will scour the interwebz looking for the best articles on public speaking. I’ll be looking for topics like these:Overcoming the fear of public speakingPresentation tipsBody language and other technical speaking tipsAnd anything in between…I’m looking for the interesting, the fascinating, the practical, and anything with worthwhile information to help you become a better communicator. ​The best of the … Read More

7 Alternatives To Resisting The Fear Of Public Speaking

Matt KramerOvercoming Fear, Public Speaking5 Comments

Your heart starts pounding, your neck and shoulders begin to tense up, your mouth and thoughts quickly dry up, and you rapidly begin to wonder whether or not you’ve gone completely insane. Because why the hell else would you have agreed to do this?  If that sounds about right, you’re in heavy company. I’d estimate just about all of humanity has felt or feels this way. [A … Read More

FEAR: Do You Accept Or Reject?

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Wouldn’t this world be a lot better if everyone was more accepting? Accepting of others, sure, but also accepting of one’s own feelings, emotions, physical sensations of the body, etc. This is what we’re going to talk about. An example that illustrates this for me is when I first started running. When I’d run up a hill, as soon as the … Read More