Are you speaking too quickly?

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As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m back from a conference, and here’s another observation I thought I’d share with you guys.
MANY SPEAKERS JUST TALK TOO FAST!
I get it, it is a natural thing to do if you are nervous. However, remember that for your audience, listening is a physically draining activity, so speaking fast makes your audience work even harder. It might be a good idea to slow your speech down a bit.

Also remember to make pauses and punch key words with your tone of voice. To you, this might sound a bit unnatural, but trust me, to your audience this will sound perfectly all right!

And if you are wondering what the right speed might be, it is around 140-160 words per minute.
If you want to get more insights on How To Deliver Killer Talks And Presentations, grab your free copy of my new eBook HERE.

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Want to bore your audience to death? Do this :)

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Have just come back from a conference, and here’s my TOP OBSERVATION:
Many presenters tend to adopt a formal tone of voice, and involve lots of corporate jargon, thinking this would make them sound knowledgeable, authoritative and business­like.
However, as a rule, this only alienates the audience and bores them to death.“Creating a culture of sustainability requires key stakeholders, management and employees to incorporate organisational vision of sustainability into mission, tasks and routines”
Nobody talks like this (at least no ­one I know!)

A great presentation is not about impressing the audience with the business talk and jargon, it’s about connecting with them and conveying your message. Make people feel like you’re speaking directly TO them, not AT them. That’s how you keep them involved.
To get more insights on how to deliver Killer Talks And Presentations, grab your free copy of my new eBook HERE.

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Just when you thought Christmas was over. Get my new free eBook on public speaking!

Hey guys,

Thought Christmas, presents, fun and joy were over?

Here’s my gift to you…

Would you like to know how to deliver killer presentations and speeches?

CLICK HERE to receive your FREE eBook, 10 Tips On How To Deliver Killer Presentations And Speeches that would help you become a greater speaker in less than 15 minutes.

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Want some interaction, exclusive previews and freebies? Join my Facebook group!

Hey guys,

If you want some interaction, live Q&As, freebies and exclusive previews,

why not join my brand new Facebook group about public speaking, Convey?

It’s designed to help anyone become a better speaker. Questions? Challenges? Problems?

I’m there to help.

Just click on this link here to join.

I’ll see you there!

Natasha

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3 Ways To Overcome Breathlessness When Speaking In Public

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One of the biggest hurdles for a lot of speakers is getting breathless when speaking in public.

Let me ask you one question: when speaking with your friends and family, do you experience breathlessness? Most likely, your answer would be NO. So if you do not run out of air during a friendly conversation, why is it that you have this problem when speaking in public? And how can this problem be solved?

1. Do not wait until you are completely out of air to take your next breath. For some reason, we are under the mistaken belief that we are not allowed to breathe until we come to some form of punctuation: a comma, a full stop, etc. But doing so inevitably results in a gasp for huge amount of air at the end of the sentence. And what happens next is you have too much air in your lungs. Which becomes a vicious circle: from no air in your lungs to too much air. Hardly a healthy breathing pattern!

Notice how in normal conversation you take a breath without even giving it a thought, and your breath and your speech flow naturally. So permit yourself to do the same when speaking in public – give yourself the right to take a breath whenever you want.

2. Treat your audience as if you were having a conversation with your friends or family members. This will make your tone of voice sound less formal, more engaging, and you will be less likely to run out of breath, as you will be breathing without giving it much thought.

3. Take the edge off your speaking nerves. Anxiety could be another cause of breathlessness, so make sure you do this simple and very effective breathing exercise some time before you go on stage. Click here for your free step-by-step Breathe To Relax guide.

 

3 Ways To Switch Off Public Speaking Apprehension And Anxiety

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What is the biggest challenge when it comes to public speaking? I have spoken with so many people and I’ve done so much research, and many of you have said to me: it’s PRESENTATION NERVES. No matter how well prepared you are, you get this overwhelming feeling: your heart is pounding, your voice is quivering, your hands are sweaty – the whole package! We’ve all been there, including myself!

There are 3 particular ways that helped me cope with the nerves. They have all worked for me, and I am confident they will work for you.

Here they are:

1. Getting into the right mindset. There is one simple positive thinking script I came across this tactics when reading a post about dealing with job interview stress. But in fact, the technique is much more powerful than just helping with job interviews, it works for me in any stressful situation (including public speaking and presentations!)

Authored by Ian Rowland, the strategy is about making positive and declarative sentences about:

  • Yourself
  • The interviewer (in your case: your audience)
  • The situation you are in

So for example, you might want to say to yourself:

  • I am a great speaker, and I am well prepared.
  • The audience is very friendly and can’t wait to listen to my talk.
  • It’s a beautiful day to do this talk!

This technique will keep your mind in a highly resourceful and positive state, without the need to overthink or overcomplicate the situation.

2. Stretching the body wide. Our posture can influence our thoughts and emotions. Slouch, and you’re likely to feel out of energy. That is to do with cortisol (the stress hormone) that activates when we are bunched up, when we slouch or when we are in any other low power pose. On the contrary, as we sit up straight or stretch our limbs out wide, testosterone (the dominance hormone) kicks in and makes us feel instantly more confident and relaxed. Stretch your limbs as far as they will go, make a V with your arms. Do that stretch first thing in the morning and just before going on stage or into the presentation room (just make sure you do this somewhere private, even a toilet cubicle will do!) – it will give you that confidence kick.

3. Breathing right. You would be surprised, but the solution is shockingly simple: BREATHING! I can hear you thinking right now: “But I am already doing this, and it’s not making any difference!”

That’s because when dealing with nerves, you need a special type of breathing. It’s different from the way we usually breathe in our daily life. It’s deeper, it slows your heart rate, it calms you down, and you appear more confident and in control. It’s the key to taking the edge off your nerves and making you instantaneously more relaxed. It’s the key to a more confident speaking, a stronger voice and a more upbeat attitude. It’s worked for me not only in public speaking, but in other stressful situations: before that crucial conversation or that important phone call. It made me calmer, more positive, more upbeat and ready to take the challenge.

CLICK HERE to get your FREE Breathe To Relax step-by-step guide that would help you instantaneously calm your speaking nerves.

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What’s your No. 1 public speaking challenge?

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Hi you lovely lot,
Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

Do you believe in New Year resolutions?

To be honest, I personally don’t believe in them much. What’s the point in pushing yourself beyond reasonable limits for one month, only to give in in February, guiltily slip back into old ways and carry on like that for the rest of the year?

So that’s why I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. What I believe in, on the contrary, is balance and consistency in getting closer to your goals. What I believe in is dealing with challenges one-by-one and coming up with doable realistic solutions. And what I also believe in is making 2017 the best year ever.

What is your No. 1 challenge when it comes to public speaking? Let’s tackle them together!
This January and February I will be publishing handy posts aimed at tackling them one by one! If there is 1 thing I could help you with, what would it be?

 

Merry Christmas

Hi guys, I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas!
I hope this season is peaceful and happy for you, your family, and friends. AND ALSO I’m in the process of putting together something really exciting, so keep an eye out for presents for YOU very soon! Natasha x