Voice Power Blog
The only way you will ever get past the
fear of public speaking is to speak in public. Yikes! …you may shout in your
subconscious mind. But wait, it’s not that horrible. Public speaking is used
all the time in business by branding your products, company name, and
networking to increase your income. There are ways to ease your body, mind, and
mouth into speaking in front of people through an almost subliminal process.
The key steps of this process involve
preparation, practise, and presence.
- Start with a
simple topic about something you already know, such as, how to brush your
teeth; wash your car; train your dog; bar-be-que a steak; or anything else. Then organize
what you think are the three main things a person must know or do about the
topic you’ve chosen.
- Stand up and
imagine that you are showing and explaining to your child, your spouse, or a
friend your steps; then begin to speak aloud on how to do it.
- Repeat this again
a few times, being sure that you have included the three main points, and also,
add in any extra detail or special technique that you know from experience.
Remember, this is just doing it out loud with no one listening.
- Go find your
friend, spouse, or child; or if they’re not available, your dog, to practise
your speech in front of a listener. Repeat it again, but this time put some
enthusiasm into it.
- Next, when you
get to work or visit friends or relatives, be sure to immediately tell them
that you’ve discovered an excellent way to do “your thing,” then go right into
your speech. At this stage, it’s important that you speak to a few people and
not just one person; but it doesn’t matter if someone leaves or ignores
you. Just remember that you are giving
the listeners the best secret of their lives from you, the expert.
- You can even
answer questions at the end, if you want to give them more tips.
#3 is Presence:
- Finally, invite a
group to join you in larger room at home or at work, to demonstrate and speak
about your topic of interest.
- Bring any props
if you need to use them in your demonstration, such as, a tennis racket, or
bar-be-que flipper, or a cleaning rag, dependent on what your topic is.
- Do a quick vocal
warm-up such as repeating a tongue twister to loosen your lips, teeth, and
tongue. Take three deep diaphragmatic breaths to relax you completely.
- You can create
presence by speaking to the group with energy and passion about the very thing
that you are clearly interested in. Look
at each person in your audience during your speech, to keep them involved
personally. Use your vocal inflection and pause to give variety and emphasis while
- Put a smile into
your talk and be sure to thank them at the end, as you leave them with your
most valuable tips.
The real benefit of the above process is
that you can duplicate this process on any advance topic which is thrown at you
at work to present information on a product launch, or a new process, or to
visiting delegates on what your company does. Simply research your information
that you don’t know, and find the three key points that the listener can take
away with them when you’re finished. Practise several times the speech that you
have organized; then deliver your speech with enthusiasm and a positive
Remember to take all opportunities to speak
while networking or just chilling out.
Your fear of speaking is solved by being prepared, and by practising.
Hence, you will find yourself not only overcoming the fear of public speaking;
but also, looking forward to the next one to present.
Did you find
this blog helpful? Please leave your comments below. Brenda C. Smith is a
personal Speech and Drama coach who helps entrepreneurs, professionals, coaches
with oral presentations and communication training. Brenda is the author of
"Ten Steps to Unlocking Your Voice: a Supercharge Method to Power and
, and she will help you with her easy-to-follow systems to get
confidence and presence to make you a successful speaker.