How to Speak With No Fear

Do you get a cold sweat just thinking about speaking in front of a large group (or even a small group)? If that’s the case, welcome to the human race. At first, everyone is afraid of public speaking. You’re not the only one who feels this way. You most likely have glossophobia or a fear of public speaking.

According to The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, 28.4 percent of adults in the United States are terrified of “glossophobia.”

You don’t have to stay that way forever, though. You can employ these six experts’ techniques to conquer your fear of public speaking and eventually become a polished public speaker. It won’t happen overnight, but you’ll get there if you work hard enough.

1. Recognize That Being Nervous Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

According to Scientists, “You care about giving an excellent presentation if you’re frightened. Your anxiousness releases adrenaline, which allows you to think faster, speak more fluently, and express your message with the necessary enthusiasm.”

2. Challenge Specific Worries

When you’re terrified of something, it’s easy to exaggerate the chances of anything horrible happening. Make a list of your specific concerns. Then confront them directly by listing possible and alternative outcomes and any objective information that supports each worry or the chance that your feared events will occur.

3. Speaking In Public Is A Skill, Not A Talent

According to Allison Shapira, FOUNDER AND CEO OF GLOBAL PUBLIC SPEAKING, “Recognize that public speaking is a learnable (and necessary) ability for advertising your business to investors, consumers, and partners, and don’t assume you have to be born with it. Set aside time for practice and ask for feedback from coworkers and acquaintances.”

“You can’t outsource public speaking; as an entrepreneur, it’s your responsibility to be your company’s face. And if you’re the CEO of a company, you’ll be the one who has to take the stage,” she added.

4. Don’t Fear A Moment Of Silence

It may appear as if you’ve been silent for a lifetime if you lose track of what you’re saying or become frightened, and your mind goes blank. It’s probably only a few seconds in actuality. Even if it’s longer, your audience is unlikely to mind a brief pause to absorb what you’ve said. Take a few deep, steady breaths and go again!

5. Consider Yourself A Winner

“Many people mentally prepare minutes before speaking or even the same day. It is one of the most important elements,” says Mohammed Murad, Toastmasters’ Past International President. “Visualizing the venue and audience considerably aids in the development of confidence.”

6. Have A Good Time Experimenting

This is the most crucial suggestion of all. Have a good time with the audience. To offer the most pleasing presentation to your audience, try different things. Instead of being immobile on the stage, try out a different hilarious technique or stroll about the hall. Experiment with human behavior, and you’ll discover that public speaking isn’t so horrible after all.

“I understand whatever scenario you’re in right now. Even in small gatherings, I used to get overheated, frightened, and sick. Now, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to 3,000 people at civic engagements, run leadership workshops, speak to tens of thousands of people at a megachurch, engage audiences of children and youth, speak at a variety of churches, and participate in a variety of other activities. I assure you that you are capable of doing this task. You don’t have to be afraid to talk. You don’t have to be where you are right now. Don’t waste any more time. A single day becomes a week. A week becomes a month, a year, a decade, and eventually a lifetime. Don’t let life pass you by as you battle the same old foe of fear. Take action to correct the situation. Take action right now. Start reading. Begin to study these tactics. Begin right now.”

– MIKE ACKER

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Public speaking is a valuable skill in any field. For example, consider the corporate sector and its presentations: what good is a well-designed PowerPoint presentation if the presenter can’t explain it clearly?

You now have accessibility to all of the resources you need to develop your public speaking skills. It’s never too late to master the critical skill of public speaking.

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My course will prepare you to master the art of public speaking by introducing you to the methods and tricks of how events work.

Through this course, you will learn the art of hosting small and large events.

You will have mastered the principles of emceeing events and the art of scriptwriting by the end of the course. You’ll also discover the following:

  • Learn the basics of hosting and the steps to get you started
  • As an Emcee, be able to write your own screenplay for large-scale national events.
  • Understand how to improve your stage performance and practice like a pro!

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Public Speaking and Hosting

If you’ve been requested to deliver a public speech, you might be wondering what it means and why it’s essential. If you’ve never given much consideration to public speaking, those questions make sense. Public speaking is necessary for business, education, and government. Speaking in public has several advantages for both individuals and companies. If you ask most people, they will tell you that they dislike public speaking and hosting. They may even admit to being scared of public speaking, as it is a common fear. They might just be shy or introverted. You’re losing out if you’re one of those folks who avoid public speaking and hosting.

The Importance of Speaking in Public

Over the years, public speaking has played an important role in education, government, and business. The power of words may be used to enlighten, persuade, educate, and even entertain. In the hands of the appropriate speaker, the spoken word maybe even more powerful than the written word.

The majority of people are afraid of public speaking to some extent. In fact, only approximately ten percent of people in the United States say they like it. Therefore, developing your public speaking skills can give you a significant career advantage since it can open doors that others may pass up.

David Fisher is an award-winning worldwide speaker, leadership coach, and aspiring novelist who was almost homeless a few years ago. “I imagined myself to be someone else who was that hero when I was a kid,” David explains. I used to be an actor as a teenager, and I frequently played the hero (or the villain, but isn’t the villain the hero in their own story?).” He continued to act like an adult but also went into business until his business mentor informed him, “You will never be successful until you love what you do.” David determined his passion was public speaking and leadership coaching after only 10 minutes of hearing this. Through his company, Kingfisher Communications, David now assists others in making deeper connections with themselves and others to have a more substantial and good impact on the world. It began as a business communication consulting firm and has evolved into a company that teaches leadership via vulnerability and storytelling. David explains, “At its core, it’s a deeper evolution of business and organizational consulting.” He concludes, “It’s about assisting others in communicating in a way that inspires and leads, whether in front of a classroom, on a stage, or in a boardroom” Thousands of leaders worldwide have been inspired by Kingfisher Communications to develop more powerful connections via communication, storytelling, and vulnerability.

Despite losing his ability of vision at the age of 14, Erik Weihenmayer is an outstanding climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker who never lets his blindness get in the way of his desire to live an exciting and happy life. Weihenmayer sees his blindness as a gift, and he has overcome his feelings of rage, frustration, and fear. He continued working on his craft after making friends with other blind people who went rock climbing, and at the age of 33, he became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. His inspiring narrative of resilience and drive has been broadcast on The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, and numerous other major media venues. In addition, the Weight of Water, an award-winning documentary on Erik and his most recent adventure kayaking the Grand Canyon, was published this year. His presentations encourage listeners to follow in his footsteps and live a “No Barriers” life, that is, a life free of self-imposed limits.

Expert Tips on How to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

So now you’re aware of the advantages of public speaking. You could be more enthusiastic about the subject. Even so, you may believe it isn’t for you. Maybe you’ve given a speech before that didn’t go so well. Maybe you’re frightened of speaking in front of a group. Perhaps you believe you lack the inherent aptitude to give speeches.

Speaking in front of an audience is, in fact, a skill. However, you can also learn any skill. While some people have a natural aptitude to speak in public, everyone may improve their public speaking skills. All it takes is a little effort. You may steadily develop your skills and become more comfortable giving presentations and speeches by adopting various public speaking techniques into your daily life. Here are some expert tips for nailing your public speaking skills:

“All the best speakers were bad speakers at first.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson.

Once you’ve completed all of your speech preparation, it’s time to start practicing! Practice presenting in front of your family, friends, dog, or even just yourself!

Try filming yourself to see how you perform and how you may enhance your body language or communication skills. It will be easier to re-create on the day if you have more practice.

“In public speaking, there are three things to aim for: first, get into your subject, then get into yourself, and last, get your subject into the hearts of your audience.” — Gregg, Alexander.

If the subject isn’t compelling, the audience will often wander off throughout a speech. You’ve worked hard on this presentation, and you’ll want the audience to understand what you’re saying. Excessive data, verbose words, and concepts that are difficult to grasp should be avoided. Instead, add an anecdote or a real-life example to what you’re saying to help the audience understand what you’re saying.

Also, if the situation allows, try cracking a joke; this will make the speech more entertaining!

 “When you say something for the first time, it is heard; when you repeat it again, it is recognized; and when you say it a third time, it is learned.” – Maxwell, John.

Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself if you really want to impress your audience! Saying the same powerful statement over will sink in far more successfully than any filler words.

Find the most important lesson you want your audience to remember from your speech and repeat it throughout your presentation.

“The successful presentation is determined not by the knowledge you send, but by the knowledge the listener receives.” Lilly Walters

When it comes to public speaking, the way you present your message is essential. Even if you have a wonderful voice and fantastic body language, your message will be lost if the audience can’t follow what you’re saying. If you speak too quickly, your listeners will struggle to understand you. If you speak too slowly, you risk putting them to sleep. When it comes to public speaking, the safest bet is to speak at a conversational speed.

How can I make money by giving public speeches? Is such a thing even possible?

How to generate money with public speaking is a frequently asked question, and to be honest, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. There are many opportunities for public speaking employment, and you may use your skill to earn money in a variety of ways. There are a plethora of public speaking chances for all types of people available nowadays, as well as even more options to improve your public speaking talents.

 Public speaking isn’t simply a valuable ability to help you stand out from the crowd; it’s also a viable career option.  Today, there are a plethora of jobs where the primary goal is to communicate. So why not turn your talent of gab into a lucrative public speaking career? It is unquestionably doable!

 “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel,” as poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it.

Get started now!

Public speaking is a valuable skill in any field. For example, consider the corporate sector and its presentations: what good is a well-designed PowerPoint presentation if the presenter can’t explain it clearly?

You now have accessibility to all of the resources you need to develop your public speaking skills. It’s never too late to master the important skill of public speaking. You may get started and acquire public speaking gigs in various ways, with Omar Fayyad, a Cyber Security Expert with excellent interpersonal skills. He has over sixteen years of work experience, including eight years in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His experience includes information security awareness content development, ISO consultancy, and auditing, training courses, hosting national events, project management, and sales.

This course will prepare you on how to master the art of hosting by introducing you to the methods and tricks of how events work.

He would share his experience of hosting national events throughout the course. You’d also get some expertise in creating scripts. He will share several anecdotes ranging from public speaking competitions to hosting major events. Through this course, you will learn the art of organizing small and large events.

You will have mastered the principles of emceeing events and the art of scriptwriting by the end of the course. You’ll also discover the following:

  • Learn the basics of hosting and the steps to get you started
  • As an Emcee, be able to write your own screenplay for large-scale national events.
  • Understand how to improve your stage performance and practice like a pro!

This course is designed for people who are new to the world of event hosting and want to learn more. Sign up now to get started!

Life After Corona

Life has certainly changed the way we operate in the past couple of months. We learned so much about the virus, yet with no cure, but we also learned how important it is to practice social-distance and stay home.

 

On the other side, a few may have already noticed, we all must stay connected in a way or another to keep life going. We cannot just wholly stay distant.

While a lot of us these days work entirely from home, it would certainly help to stay social even while away from the office.

We could take time to check in on our colleagues. It’s not just about the best tactics to work from home or being safe online. We also need to know if they are doing well while at it.

It’s such a critical time that we all need one another to keep going. Some people may get into depression, and others may go into complete isolation. It’s times like these that show the level of humanity and care we do have for each other.

It wouldn’t be that we take hours over the phone. That’s no good for business either, but we can simply have a few minutes to find out if everything is moving well at their ends.

We can always take good care of our business, and our safety, but please don’t forget to check-in.

Much love to everyone out there!

#checkingin #ruok #covid19 #wfh #lifeaftercorona

What Have I learned in My Last Marathon Training!

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Last weekend, I had the most magnificent time competing at the Ooredoo Qatar Marathon race for the start of this year. I had the honor of racing with my brother Karam Hariri.

At first, I had a plan to finish the race sub 2 hours and that’s exactly what happened, but that’s not just what I had experienced through the entire course.

I had taken 12 weeks before that moment to prepare for the race like most athletes would do if not the entire year! I had enjoyed my morning runs. I had even bragged about it to family and friends.

On race day, I was ready or like how some may call it “je suis prêt”. It was time and I gave it all I have.

What made the memory even more enjoyable, however, is the experience itself. Throughout the entire race, the weather was extremely good, especially with the rains. While some may not see it as an advantage, I had the best time ever.

I also loved seeing a lot of folks with disabilities joining. I had seen someone blind and a few in a wheelchair doing the distance, and old folks passing me by. That on its own was what made it worth.

 

Reflecting back on what had I learned during training, on race day and after, is what made it really worth the while. Here is what my Toastmaster friend Lorraine Taylor, an experienced personal brand coach, an author and an international speaker like to put it in here last YouTube video summarises exactly what I had learned and like to practice every single day moving on.

Being Positive

It’s important to stay positive and resilient not just during race day, but through life, at the workplace and during struggles. It what keeps us alive and moving.

Embrace Challenges

Take every challenge as an opportunity to grow. There is no meaning to life if we keep doing the same things all over. Besides, it gets quite boring!

Be Social

Stay connected to like-minded individuals on the same path as yours, whether that is a race your after or a new certification or an MBA you’re studying hard for. It will keep you in the zone and away from all the noise.

Have a Greater Vision

Have a long-distance vision on what is the reason behind your motivation. Ask yourself the WHY question. Learn the root cause of what brought the idea in the first place to you, and what is the real fire inside of you that can keep you going and make sure to fuel it as you go on…

 

Most of all, keep fighting for your health and goals. Don’t stop. It’s a lifetime duty.

Why Not Spread LOVE!

sunset hands love woman

Why is it so hard to love one another and create experiences that can last longer? Why do we mostly use the word love with just those we are in a love relationship with and not the ordinary people around us who also take a big part in creating our life experiences? I often ask these questions, but I continuously find it challenging to get answers. I even spoke to family and friends about my experiences, in an attempt trying to find reasons.

But why would it matter so much to use the word love in most of our conversations? How much better our world would be if we think of love before hatred? If we think about the good before the bad? If we reached out to help others before asking for help?

In an attempt to find answers, I’d like to share a model for L.O.V.E which resonates with me all the way. I’d also want to use it more often, and I’d encourage you all to try and do the same.  It would be fascinating to see how this might change the way we think, act and support one another.

 

Learn to be Kind and Vulnerable

Learning to be kind is a great act that is often overlooked while we’re busy chasing our goals and dreams. People find it quite hard to be kind most of the time.

Through varies discussions with friends and people I know, I find some believe that being kind and vulnerable are signs of weakness. I would argue against that 100% of the time. I think becoming more kind, compassionate, and vulnerable help us reach each other’s hearts which can then create moments that last. It could be that simple word you didn’t choose to say, i.e. “Thank You.” Or maybe the discussion on being mistaken which you didn’t want to talk about, so you don’t show your flaws.

On the contrary, saying thank you most of the time creates good vibes and make people want to help and support you more often. Being vulnerable and genuine enough with yourself before with others help create a powerful channel of communication between you and the world.

 

Observe the Good in Others

Finding the bad is pretty easy cause we would only look at what bothers us and point it out. Besides that, we are so good at it, aren’t we?! However, finding the good can be quite tough as it requires more time and effort to learn about the people around us, but it’s worth it. Even if the bad is more than the good, finding what’s valuable about individuals you interact with every day helps make them open to ideas and new levels of hope. It helps create those experiences that are unforgettable.

People like to be appreciated and saying one good thing about them will keep them remember it forever. You wouldn’t believe how much influence it can have, specially on those that matter the most.

 

Volunteer to Help Others in Need

Every one of us can always find something they can do to help others around them. It doesn’t have to be a monetary value that you willing to give. It could merely be quality-time to spend to listen to their stories and life experiences. It could be a ride that you willing to give to someone.

Finding those things that we have and can offer to others may change their and our lives entirely. Giving back is a one way to look at it. Simple acts of kindness can be quite influential in changing people’s minds and behaviors.

 

Enhance Your Life Quality

After all, creating quality in your life can yield the ultimate happiness, but are we taking steps towards that?

We often miss focusing on what matters the most: ourselves. We follow what people want us to believe. We pursue opinions because it’s easier than forming our own. We try and be present at every party or gathering because we think it will help keep us connected with those we like.

Moreover, and as a result, we miss giving enough time to help ourselves heal from inside before the outside. We forget to take enough time to understand our needs and wants, and “who we are and what we represent to the world.”  Moments and times like these are quite crucial in helping us reach our optimum potential and live our lives with qualities that produce good memories.

Living healthier and longer can all depend on how we live at the present moment. Are we taking enough time to spread kinds and love to those around us?  Are we continually looking for what could be valuable than what could be wrong in others?  Are we offering enough help to those we know? And last but not least, are we looking at the inside before the outside?

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. — Carl Jung

Hope you enjoy the read, and I like to know in the comments below your thoughts on creating more love in the world we live in today.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed reading. Much love your way!