As Mark Twain said, there are only two types of speakers: those who get nervous and those who are liars.
In this interview with Olivia James, Performance Anxiety and Trauma Consultant, we talked about public speaking anxiety.
Listen to the podcast to learn:
✔ What makes people nervous when speaking in public
✔ How to deal with it
✔ Practical advice to reduce your nerves
Here are the links I mentioned in the interview:
- Upcoming FREE events: http://ideasonstageuk.eventbrite.com
- Additional free resources to help you improve your presentations (report, webinar, presentation skills assessment tool): http://bit.ly/presentation-valuebundle
Ehsan Ghavimi is a High-Performance Life Coach and TEDx Speaker. He helps young professionals achieve extraordinary results in their lives, work and relationships.
Ehsan was afraid of speaking in front of an audience until he went to an improvisation workshop that changed his life. He always felt like he had something to say but didn’t know how to say it. Improvisation helped him find his voice.
Ehsan went on to become an Improvisation and Public Speaking Coach, and this led him to become a High-Performance Life Coach. He has performed at the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, and told his story on the TEDx stage.
In this interview we talked about communication, storytelling, improvisation, presentations, standup comedy and everything in between.
Gina Barnett is a great communication consultant who is also a speaker coach for the Main Stage TED Conference. And she also wrote an interesting book on communication, body language and presence: Play the Part.
Using icons in presentations is an excellent way to transform boring slides full of text into beautiful and effective visual aids that support and amplify your messages. Here are a couple of things to consider.
When the creation of a presentation involves designing slides, you often have a graphic designer who takes care of the visuals and somebody else who is instead responsible for the content. In these cases, who is in charge?
How can you communicate anything to anyone? In particular, how can you communicate science (or technical or complex topics) to a general audience? Let's answer this question by looking at how Neil deGrasse Tyson does it.
Smiles are powerful because they are universal: in all cultures people smile to express joy and satisfaction. If there is one thing we can do to improve the impact of our presentations, it’s to smile a little more.
If you want to end strong, plan your presentation with the end in mind. The conclusion is not just the last chronological piece of the topics you covered during a presentation—it is the main theme. Starting with the end in mind means that your conclusion—what the audience has to remember—comes first.
You can have the greatest idea in the world and the slides of the century but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter. And it’s negligent, because you deny the world of something of great value.
“Slides are slides. Documents are documents. They aren't the same thing […] Much death-by-PowerPoint suffering could be eliminated if presenters clearly separated the two in their own minds before they even started planning their talks.”—Garr Reynolds
Paying attention to the design of a presentation is essential not only because it makes a presentation nicer, but also more functional. Effective design helps your audience better understand your message.
A presentation is a mix of art and science. Although the creation of a presentation is a creative activity, creativity alone isn’t enough—it has to go hand in hand with an understanding of what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to visual communication.