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  • 1.
    • Stage Fright
    • and
    • Anxiety
  • 2.
    • Public Speaking
    • is a Fear
    • Worse Than Death !
    • According to the book of lists
    • According to nearly all the latest scientific polls on people’s fears (Sources: NY University, Stanford University, Anxiety Disorders Association of America
    • Death ranks number 5!
    • Never conquer fear (we depend on fear for survival)
    • We learn to manage it
    • Avoid adversarial position with how you feel
    • Are we afraid of public speaking because we are afraid people will judge us?
    • Is it because when the tables are turned, we judge the speaker?
    • ( What others think of us is none of our business in this stage of our public
    • speaking career..focus on communicating ideas)
  • 3.
    • YES.
  • 4. Nobody has ever died from giving a public speech !
  • 5. Stage Fright, Anxiety
    • Nervousness is normal and desirable
    • Body’s response is adrenaline (reality shot)
    • Every public speaker experiences to some extent
    • How do we manage it ?
    • Transform into positive nervousness (ride the edge..)
    • Six steps to success
    • * Experience (you have taken the first step)
    • * Prepare (thorough preparation insures success)
    • * Positive thinking (self fulfilling prophecy)
    • * Power of visualization (picture yourself etc)
    • * Valuable lesson (only part of our inner turmoil is visible to others)
    • * Trick (Don’t plan to be perfect. Plan to be passionate). Audience
    • does not know what you PLAN to say, only what you do say.
  • 6.
    • * NOTE TO SELF: If I lose my place or forget to pause, nobody knows it is intentional so go on as if nothing happened. It is OK to breathe, it is ok to smile.
    • People do care but they do not care about delivery style. They care about the message.
    • It is important to take care of yourself
    • Get a good nights sleep
    • Find a place to warm up and stretch (do some jaw exercises)
    • Polish your intro (anxiety drops significantly after the first 30-60 sec)
    • Eye contact (your audience wants you to succeed)
    • Focus on communicating with audience (get enamored with material)
    • Use visual aids (draws attention away from you)
    • Breathe!
    • 8. Reduce caffeine (system rever)
  • 7.
    • Breathing (handout)
    • From the gut
    • Normal breaths
    • Deep long breath before starting
  • 8.
    • Terror:
    • “ Terrified of making an error”
    • “ When you know your material, you cannot possibly fail or make an error”
  • 9.
    • Dr. Morton Orman
    • Author of “The 14 Day Stress Cure” and well known
    • expert on public speaking says:
    • Preparation vs. over preparation… remind yourself of two or three main points, along with several good examples and compelling supporting facts…then…BAM! (not necessary to hang on every word). Either you know it or don’t. If you do and you over prepare, chances are you are not confident. If you don’t and over prepare, better do your research.
    • Your audience wants you to succeed (that’s why they are there).
    • COURAGE!
    • You don’t have to be brilliant or perfect to succeed
    • You do not have to control the behavior of your audience..only your presentation. People will do what they will do
  • 10. The Audience
    • Class Mirror (snapshot of audience)
    • Major Areas of Study :
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Economics
    • Business
    • Finance
    • Public Relations
    • Human Resources
    • Social Work
    • Organizational Communication
    • Biology
    • Legal Studies
    • Education
    • Theater
    • History
  • 11.
    • Occupational Goals
    • Business/ Finance
    • Teaching
    • Psychologist
    • Entertainer
    • Entrepreneur/business owner
    • Attorney
    • Medical Research Technician
    • Pharmacist
    • Police Officer/Law Enforcement/Corrections
    • Family Therapist
    • Corporate or Organization Media Spokesperson
    • Economist
  • 12.
    • Prior Speech Experience
    • Secondary discussion/ debate team
    • Post secondary (college) interpersonal relations
    • Post secondary discussion/debate
    • Student associations
    • Drama (theater)
    • Prior communications courses (intro to speech) other than MS
    • Current employment (meetings, presentations)
    • Guest speaking at schools
    • Scouts
    • ESL programs
    • Church
    • Choir
    • Band
    • Bridal shows/fashion
  • 13.
    • Four things which cause concern, frustration, or anger. Things you feel strongly about yourself, others, the world in general
    • World Politics
    • People who judge others
    • People who categorize or label others
    • Self frustration learning a new skill
    • Regret something I said
    • Domestic abuse
    • Poverty and ignorance
    • Racism
    • Sexism
    • Not being taken seriously
    • Letting go and accepting others actions
    • Road rage
    • People who remove other people’s laundry
    • Using ignorance as an excuse for a poorly formed opinion
    • Parents who discipline their children in public
    • War
    • Death penalty
    • Intolerance
    • Separation of church and state
  • 14.
    • Unprofessionalism
    • Disrespect of other peoples occupations, beliefs etc
    • Bias
    • People who think other people have limitations
    • State of education
    • State of social systems
    • Consumer protection
    • Erosion of morals and values
    • Inequality
    • Love
    • Global warming
    • Financial stability
    • Talking about myself
    • Prejudice
    • Know it alls
    • Bad drivers
    • Demanding people
    • Hate
    • Healthcare
    • Mental health cuts (state)
    • My foreign accent
    • Listening
    • Positive feedback
    • Backstabbers
    • Annoying people
    • Death
    • Hunger
    • My differences
    • Self judgement
  • 15.
    • Most knowledgeable about:
    Personal finance Firearms Frugality Teaching children Personality disorders Parenting Alcoholism Music Psychology Sports Customer service Movies Theater Politics Film Youth abstinence Literature Dance Religion Language Law Local and world politics Returning college students Other cultures Travel Real estate Computers Retail Clothing Video games Current events Cooking Crafts Mental health Art Down syndrome Photography Harry Potter Bookkeeping Religion Famine in other countries
  • 16. The Aha! Moment….
    • What we just learned is that the audience is just like the public speaker or person speaking publicly. One cannot exist without the other. This is the power and importance of public speaking.
    • Armed with this knowledge, we manage our
    • fear and anxiety.
  • 17. POPPS (PJ’s Principles of Public Speaking)
    • Get ready to SKUNK the audience………………
    • S tick with what you know (we all come from diversity in lifestyles, shapes, colors, cultures and beliefs
    • K now the material (research is your friend)
    • 3. U se appropriate humor (pick something in the room etc)
    • 4. N otes to self (but don’t over do, notes really help transitions and main points
    • K eep going even if you lose your place. Throw in a question.
    • E ffectiveness (what I can include that will hook the audience) No Limits.
    • D ress for success (not fashion statement, tailor to audience)
  • 18. DELIVERY
  • 19.
    • Methods of delivery:
    • Manuscript: word for word
    • Memory: no longer customary
    • Impromptu: little or no prep
    • Extemporaneous: combo
  • 20.
    • Speaking extemporaneously :
    • Brief notes and impromptu
    • No matter how many times speech is rehearsed, still sounds spontaneous to audience.
    • Conversational ideas
    • Control over ideas
    • Natural eye contact and gestures
    • Talk with audience not to them
  • 21. Speaking Voice
    • VOLUME
    • Loud or soft based on background noise and those farthest away.
  • 22.
    • PITCH
    • High or low of voice. Piano Keys.
    • AHA! Or AHA.
  • 23.
    • RATE
    • Speed. Pace.
  • 24.
    • PAUSES
    • Momentary break at end of thought. Takes the place of “UHM”.
    • “ UHM” erodes credibility. Pause increases it.
  • 25.
    • Vocal Variety
    • Spice.
  • 26.
    • Crisp and distinct.
  • 27.
    • Speech patterns. No right or wrong.
    • Right for whatever community uses it.
    • US has 4: Eastern, New England, Southern, General
  • 28. BODY
    • Movement (take your time)
    • Gestures (what do I do with my hands?)
    • Eye contact (truth, intelligence, attitude, feelings) eye ball has no emotion but manipulating the eyeball does.
  • 29.  
  • 30. Practicing Delivery (p. 317)
    • Go through prep outline aloud.
    • Prepare speaking outline.
    • Practice. Talk it through.
    • Polish and refine.
    • Rehearse.