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A lot of people lack self-confidence when it comes to public speaking. Are you one of those people? Are you fearful or nervous about getting up in front of a crowd?

Today we will look at four different techniques that you can use to grow your self confidence in public speaking so that you can deliver a great message without fear.

First let me say that public speaking confidence doesn’t happen overnight. You won’t go to bed tonight and wake up a confident public speaker. But you can definitely grow your confidence by consistently practising and improving your public speaking skills.

So what are these four techniques that we can use to become more confident at public speaking?

Improve your knowledge about public speaking

This is a really simple step to take.

You can check out more of the videos or podcasts or articles on PublicSpeakingPower.com.

You can look at other public speaking blogs like Six Minutes.

Or you head over to YouTube and search “public speaking tips and help” or “fear of public speaking”.

Learn more about public speaking and learn more about the fear of public speaking and the associated anxiety so that you can begin to treat it. Because the more you learn about a topic – the more you learn about the difficulties that may you have – the better you can overcome it.

Obviously it is also important to improve your knowledge of the specific topic that you are speaking about. The more you know about a subject, the easier your public speech will be.

Improve your public speaking skills

The most important thing that you can do is to practice.

You could do this in the comfort and privacy of your own home. You could use some of the “boot camp” activities that I have covered in the past. An example is the Noun Game. This is a fun activity where you take two separate nouns and relate them together in a story. These things can really boost your confidence in public speaking.

Improving your skills as a speaker will allow you to grow in confidence.

Improve your experience

Improving your experience requires that you get up in front of a crowd and speak.

The easiest way to do this is either with your friends or family. Another option would be to look for a Toastmasters meeting near you. They happen in cities and towns all over the world. People gather together as a group to improve their public speaking skills.

The great thing about these Toastmasters meetings is that everyone is there to become a better public speaker. They can give you valuable feedback and help you grow as a speaker.

Getting experience in front of a crowd is extremely important.

You could certainly film yourself to improve your public speaking skills but nothing quite beats the experience of speaking in front of a crowd. You can feel the crowd’s reaction and then change your speech and your technique based on that feedback.

Visualisation

HOW TO GROW YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING

This tip doesn’t involve you doing a lot at all.

Neuroscience – the study of the brain – has found that visualisation can affect your brain in the same manner as if you were actually doing the event yourself.

So close your eyes and visualise yourself giving your presentation. We want to visualise it in full detail. See the audience. Where are they sitting? What are they wearing? And most importantly – how are they reacting?

Say your speech in your mind. You could even close your eyes and say it aloud. Mix together physical practice with visualisation of positive results.

Visualising a positive outcome will allow you to grow in confidence of the situation because you can believe that things will go well. Often our fears are rooted in the fact that we don’t know what the audience is going to think or what’s going to happen.

But if we close our eyes and visualise things going well then we’re going to have more confidence as a public speaker.

 

So those are four techniques to help you grow your self confidence in public speaking. Remember to keep practising and to keep improving.

 

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Do you want to muscle up your public speaking skills? Or do you want to pick up your fear of public speaking and throw it out the window? Maybe you should consider a public speaking boot camp.

Today I’m going to show you five activities that you can do to bulk up your skills and boost your confidence in public speaking.

These activities can be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home and should only take five to ten minutes. You could even do them with a group of friends to help you overcome any fears you have of speaking in front of others.

These activities are designed so that you can do one each and every day to grow your public speaking skills. You could do them when you first wake up in the morning or when you’ve come home from work at night.

Simply do these activities and practise these skills and you will see yourself progress as a public speaker.

#1: Five minutes of speaking Non-Stop

Activity number one will require a phone or any video recording device.

This activity should only take about ten minutes. Set up your phone or video camera, press record and start speaking. Then you’re going to speak non-stop for five minutes on any topic you like. You could also use a topic generator if you’d like to be given a random subject.

The idea is for you to become comfortable in front of the camera. Practise speaking comfortably without hesitations or embarrassment. Don’t stop speaking if you make a mistake or fumble your sentences.

This activity will help you get used to making mistakes. It will also teach you to roll with those mistakes. Much of public speaking confidence comes from being able to make and fix mistakes during your presentation.

When you’ve finished your video you’re going to watch it back. This will do two things.

Firstly, it will help you get used to the sound of your own voice. You will always sound different to your own ears then you will to other people or when coming through a video. This is why it’s so important to listen to yourself back. We need to get over the fear of sounding silly.

Secondly, it will get you used to seeing yourself on camera – to seeing yourself as your audience sees you. This will help you become comfortable and confident standing in front of people as a public speaker.

This is the most important activity that you could complete from this whole set. Make sure to practice it often.

#2: Four different openings

Public Speaking Boot Camp

The second activity is to create four different openings for the same speech.

I have previously done a article on the different public speech openings so head there for more details.

The four basic introductions for a speech involve opening with a quote, a question, a factoid or a story. There are obviously other ways but these are the four most common and effective methods.

So for this day’s activity you first need to pick a topic. Again you can use our topic generator or make it up yourself. The idea is to create four separate openings for that one speech.

Speaking in public is all about getting a message across. It doesn’t matter how you do it. So practising these different public speaking introductions will train your mind to communicate your message in different ways.

Practising this activity will eventually show you if you are more effective at one way of opening than the others. Similarly it could teach you if a certain introduction works better for certain topics.

But ultimately it will improve your speaking skills and provide you with valuable experience in audience engagement.

#3: Speaking without “umming”

On day three you’re going to speak without using filler words.

Words like “umm” or “err” or “you know” can become distracting in a speech. You may not even realise you are saying them.

So – like we did on day one – you’re going to film yourself speaking non-stop for five minutes. Doing this will help you understand what words you’re saying consistently that you shouldn’t be. Then you can work to delete those from your vocabulary.

If you find yourself umming and erring halfway through those five minutes you should start again.

The whole idea of this activity is to train yourself to recognise the filler words that you use and to replace them with pauses. This is a more natural way to speak in front of a crowd and will help you to exude confidence.

#4: Five minutes of eccentricity

Day number four requires you to be eccentric for five minutes.

This activity is all about stepping outside of your shell. Not everyone has the natural capacity to be super excited all of the time. So it is important to practise being pumped up and enthusiastic in your speech. Practice being eccentric.

We need to be eccentric in our voice. We need to talk louder and more excited. Try jumping up and down or running. Use big hand gestures. Do anything that gives your presentation energy.

These are obviously not things that you would do for a real speech. But if you practise being eccentric it is easy to scale the energy back. It is far more difficult to start conservatively and then “up” our energy levels.

Get used to being happy and hyperactive. A presentation is not just about delivering information. It also requires emotion.

Being eccentric for five minutes – and again film yourself – will get you used to watching yourself being crazy and you will become a more confident public speaker. You will know how you look and you won’t be embarrassed. Even if you’re being stupid.

#5: The Noun Game

On the last day of boot camp is the Noun Game.

This can be done in either of two ways. You can play the Noun Game for one minute each and do it five times over. Or you can just play it once for five minutes.

For this activity you’re going to want to pick two random nouns – two “naming words” or things. You can use a noun generator if you like.

Then you are going to create a story or a speech about those two nouns. See how you can connect them together.

Let’s look at an example. Say your nouns are “mechanic” and “cat”. You can either speak for five minutes straight or tell five different one-minute stories. The idea is to speak confidently and non-stop about these nouns. Talk about a mechanic who was forever being interrupted by his cat. Or about a cat who thwarted the efforts of an evil mechanic. Or about Larry the Cat who defied all the odds to become the best mechanic in the Southern Hemisphere.

The content of your speeches doesn’t matter.  This activity will help you gain confidence in thinking off the top of your head for impromptu story-telling.

Creating a link between two things that seem unrelated is a powerful gift when you’re a public speaker. Taking two concepts and somehow connecting them together creates a better understanding for the audience and helps to get your message across.

The Noun Game is one of my favourite games. It can help you to become a confident and effective public speaker.

And remember – one of the major confidence boosters for public speakers is being able to make mistakes and to roll with them. Many of us fear that we’re going to stumble and forget our words. We dread the thought of standing in front of a crowd with nothing to say.

But the Noun Game – and all of these other activites –will help you learn to think on your feet. You’ll learn how to make mistakes and how to overcome those mistakes and keep moving forward.

And when that happens you will no longer have to be afraid.

So there you have five daily activities that you can do for a public speaking boot camp. If you get to day five and you want to go again, then go again.

Keep practising and keep trying to improve every single day.

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Today I received the Rode Smartlav Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones (opens in Amazon). Rode is a great microphone company. They make some really stellar microphones. I’ve seen James Schramko from SuperFast Business use this microphone and I decided to get the same.

I wanted a lapel microphone to use it with my iPhone. The Rode SmartLav Lapel mic offers “Broadcast quality audio direct from your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch”, which is exactly what I want.

It comes in a protective leather-like pouch with everything you’d need – the instruction book and Quickstart guide and so forth.

It’s a simple little microphone with a decent-sized cord to go from the iPhone to myself. You might need to get a cord extender if you wanted to do a full-body shot.

Just make sure when you’re buying an extension for the microphone that you buy a cord that has four slots on the end or it’s not going to work as an extension cord.

So I can attach this to my shirt with the clip very easily. It provides better sound and helps to prevent interference from background noise. If I were to run my audio through a program like Orphonic I would probably get even better results.

And there you have the Rode SmartLav Lapel Microphone.

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Wouldn’t it be great to be a professional public speaker? Wouldn’t it be great to be paid to stand up in front of a crowd and speak to the audience? To talk about our lives and help them improve theirs?

Today I want to talk about eight different ways that could help you to become a public speaker and get paid to do it.

I get paid to speak. I don’t get paid to speak in front of crowds but I do get paid to speak in front of a camera.

My business is that I create a network of educational websites on many different other topics. I create videos that get turned into podcasts, they get turned into blog posts, and we make money through advertising, through selling affiliate stuff, and through also creating and selling our own products.

So I get to spend a lot of my time speaking. In fact, probably the majority of my day is either spent speaking in front of the camera or actually writing down what I’m going to speak about so I can speak about it.

Previous to my life as an internet marketer I did work as a sales representative/business advisor for a large pharmaceutical company. In this role I did many training events where I spoke in front of large groups of people. And I loved it. I loved getting paid for presenting and for doing what I love to do.

So what are some ways that we can become a public speaker and get paid to do it?

Tip#1: Do something amazing

Number one is to do something incredible!

How To Become A Public Speaker And Get Paid

I had an interview with a professional public speaker in Australia called Tim Reid. He runs a business podcast called “Small Business, Big Marketing”. He is very successful and in 2013 he moved into public speaking. This has become the core of his business.

We discussed how people can transition from wanting to be a public speaking to getting paid to do it. For him it was a very difficult road. He ran a podcast for over two years before he got a public speaking gig.

He states that the majority of people who get paid to give presentations have done something amazing.

Many companies will request inspirational people to speak to their workers. They may not even speak about the company’s products or services. Instead it may be a speech about motivation or working hard. But companies will often pay a great deal of money for these type of public speeches.

So you could win an Olympic gold medal or become a world champion. You could climb Mount Everest of sky dive from 100,000 feet! Doing something amazing is one way to get noticed as a public speaker and get paid to do it.

But this is admittedly rather difficult to do. So what are our other options?

Tip#2: Become a corporate trainer

Number two is to become a corporate trainer. Corporate trainers generally work in two ways.

The first is essentially a role in which companies will approach you with a request for their staff to learn about a certain topic. They would give you the company information and you would convert it into a training conference and deliver the speech.

The second way is when outside trainers approach the company and offer their services. Often they will be experts in delivering speeches on specific psychological or motivational aspects or in different subjects as business or finances, explaining people how to use resources as The Ascent site to improve their financial situation. So they sell a pre-made training day to the company.

Either way means that you’re becoming a public speaker and a trainer and you’re getting paid to do it.

Tip#3: Get into sales

Number three is to be in sales just like I was as a business advisor.

A lot of my time was spent talking one on one with customers. But I also spent quite some time in front of a group. I would train them on our content and help them be more effective and efficient in their business.

The sales industry can offer many opportunities to speak in public and to be paid for it. It may not be glamorous but you can make it your own. Tie in your own life experiences and write your personality into the presentations.

Tip#4: Become a high level executive

Executives are required to attend a lot of meetings and give a lot of presentations. This may not be your core role but it would be a notable responsibility.

So if you’re passionate about speaking in front of people then accept every presentation opportunity you get. Make it the best presentation it can be and then hopefully you’ll be asked to give more in the future.

Tip#5: Win a public speaking competition

Toastmasters is a great organisation that helps millions of people become better public speakers. And each year they hold an annual public speaking competition. People can compete and be judged on their speeches and presentation skills.

A great example is Craig Valentine. You can view some of his speeches on YouTube – including the speech he used to win the Toastmaster competition below. It’s a great speech and you can see why he won.

He used that victory to move from speaking for fun to speaking fulltime and getting paid.

Tip#6: Give free speeches

Many people progress as public speakers by giving free speeches. You could do this at a high school or a college or a business meeting.

By giving free speeches you can build up a reputation and eventually start to charge for your speeches.

Tip#7: Start a video blog or podcast

Number seven – which is my favourite – is to start a video blog or podcast.

There is nothing stopping you from filming yourself and putting the videos on YouTube. Or you could record podcasts and put them on iTunes.

This is a great way to get feedback and to start building a reputation.

Hundreds of people download my own podcasts. People watch the videos. Thousands of people are viewing my stuff every single day because I decided to take a chance.

And I get now paid to do that. I get paid with advertising revenue and affiliate marketing products and so on. This is where public speaking power can go.

Tip#8: Look for occupations involved with public speaking

There are various other occupations that you could choose that involve public speaking in some way. You could become a preacher or a teacher. They get paid to stand in front people all day, every day. They speak and they teach. Look for any occupations where you can get paid to be a public speaker.

You could also become a school teacher. They stand in front of classes of thirty people all day, every day and speak and teach. That’s another occupation. Or you could look for other occupations where you can get paid to be a public speaker.

So I hope this has given you some ideas on how you can become a public speaker and get paid to do it. For so many of us this would be such a dream. So keep getting out there. Keep pushing and practising.

Because who knows? One day you could speak for yourself fulltime and earn a great wage doing it.

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So you want to create a public speaking speech outline because you don’t know exactly what you’re going to say in your upcoming speech. How do you do it?

Today I’ve got the seven steps to creating a public speaking speech outline.

Step#1: Brain dump

This step is not about creating a structure. We’re not putting things in order. We’re just dumping everything from our brain onto a piece of paper.

Write down any ideas that you have or stories that you’ve heard. Write down any facts that you know or websites that you’ve heard of. Write down experiences that other people have had or beliefs that you uphold.

Just write down all the things that you can think of that have to do with your topic. This should probably take five to fifteen minutes.

Step#2: Do research

The brain dump is everything out of our mind. Now we want to do some research on our topic and add to our brain dump.

We can get some great facts, ideas, stories, news articles or examples from the internet or a library. Do your research so you can add to your total content pool.

Step#3: Gather

Now we’re gathering everything – from both our brain dump and our research – together in a big bundle.

We’re not organising that research. We’re simply collecting it in one place so we can see it all and recognise it all at once.

Step#4: Organise

7 Steps To Creating A Public Speaking Speech Outline

Consider what your main points are and look at the data you’ve collected.

Look at the content from your brain dump and your research and see how they connect with each other. How does a personal experience connect with a fact that you found on the internet?

We also want to look at what stories and what facts best support certain points that you want to get across.

So now we’re starting to organise our brain dump and our research underneath main points in our presentation. We are also creating a rough draft of our outline – the introduction, the body and the conclusion.

Step#5: Remove items

Some of the best speeches that I’ve ever heard had one point. And why are they the best? Because I actually remembered them. You’re lucky if people remember 5% of what you say in a public speech.

We don’t want to try and do too much and that is why step number give is to start removing items.

Look at the points you want to get across and consider which of them are truly essential. Can you shorten any points? Can you remove any entirely? What’s going to be most effective for our audience to get the message across?

Step#6: Review it

Go through your rough outline and review it. See if your points link together and if they’re in the most effective order. Reorganise your speech if necessary.

Step#7: Create and practise

This is the final step. Extrapolate out your stories and figure out exactly what you want to say. How will you tie your stories in with your main points? How are you going to make the transition from one point to another? How am I going to introduce it? How am I going to conclude it?

Ask yourself all of these questions and create your speech in full.

Then practise it! Make sure that everything flows. Make cue cards if necessary. Deliver our speech in the privacy of your own home. Film yourself on video or watch yourself in the mirror or do it in front of your family. But practise.

So that is the best way that I have found to create a speech outline. Go out now, start your brain dump, and create your speech. I hope that these seven steps to creating a public speaking speech outline have helped you.

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A Public Speaking Outline Example

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So you want to create a speech. You know the content, you know the message you want to get across but you need a structure of how you are going to deliver your presentation so that its effective and its get through to the audience. Today I am giving you a public speaking outline example to accomplish just that.

Public Speaking Outline Example

What is a public speaking outline?

A public speaking outline is the structure of your speech in basic form. So that might be bullet points on how you are going to progress through things. It could even be a mind map.

It’s up to you how you structure your speech and how your speech flows but a public speaking outline should show you as a speaker exactly how your speech is meant to flow and give you clues to how you can create your speech better.

The whole idea is that we create an outline before we create our speech.

A Very Simple Public Speaking Outline Example

  • Introduction
  • Main Body
    • Point 1
    • Point 2
    • Point 3
  • Conclusion

That’s very simple example of an outline.

An outline exist to help you to create a structure for your speech so then you can then extrapolate that out, expand that out and create a full speech.

An outline is also used when you have created your speech and now you want to condense it to make it smaller and use it as a reference point when you are giving your presentation.

A public speaking outline is very effective tool that many professional speakers use to understand and know what they are going to deliver.

1. Introduction

So with your introduction how do we set that up? What’s the outline below introduction?

When we are looking at the introduction we need to look at firstly, what content we are trying to get across and how we going to introduce that in a way that engages the audience.

I did a video and a blog post on how we can do introductions so that we are not boring.

One of the biggest mistake people make is they get up in front of the people and they say, “Hello, my name is Ryan McLean and I am 25 yrs old, I work in this company, I have worked in the industry for eight years and I have done this and I have done that”.

The people in audience are actually falling asleep in their chairs. We want to engage our audience and we want to get them to buy in to our presentation and buy into our introduction.

So there are four ways that are recommended you can to do this:

  1. With a Quote
  2. With A Question
  3. With A Factoid
  4. With A Story

The introduction is very important. So think of some different ways that you can introduce your topic to make it exciting, to make interesting because whole goal of the introduction is to get people excited to listen to the rest of your presentation.

2. The Body Of Your Presentation

You can construct the body in any way that you want.

So with that body we want main messages that we need to get across to let say we have got good introduction then we got body and in that body what we going to have is three points.

So we are going to have one, two, three and in your outline you will list those three main messages and then you will then make a note of a story that you want to tell or quote that you want to give or statistic or some reference that you want to provide to back up the point that you are presenting.

3. The Conclusion

You want to wrap up the conclusion and in some way you want to bring it back to the message that you already delivered or if possible the core message that you are delivering.

The conclusion is probably the thing that will be remembered the most. Find an interesting way to do that and then if possible and if required and appropriate give a call to action.

The call to action could be ‘Go to the back and sign up’, or it could be something as simple as ‘Think about X why you doing Y’.

So there we have a public speaking outline.

1. Introduction – how are we going to introduce to topic? Are we going use a quote, a question, a factoid or a story?

2. Body – How many points do we have and what do we using to support those points

3. Conclusion – How are we going to wrap it up and give a call to action?

So, there you have public speaking outline example that you can use. It is a very simple way to help you create a public speech and act as a reference point for your speech so you can remember and present with confidence.

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5 Tips For Better Public Speaking Gestures

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Today we are talking about gestures and more specifically how we can become better at using gestures, so we are not awkward on stage and so our presentations runs smoothly.

If you’ve missed this blog post we’ve already discussed the 4 different types of gestures and how you can use them, and we gave some examples.

Now I am going into more detail on how you can improve your gestures, things to avoid and how to appear natural and confident on stage.

Tip #1: Eliminate Distracting Mannerisms or Twitches

This is the biggest mistake that most people make when it comes to speaking gestures. They use a lot of good gestures, but then they also use this ticks or mannerism that they just kind of repeat over and over.

These distract people from the message that you are giving.

So the rule is – if hand gesture are supporting the delivery of you message then generally they are going to be great. But if the hand gestures are taking away from the supporting of your message then generally it’s not going to be very good.

What are some mannerisms that people use?

  • Playing with your ring finger.
  • Touching you face
  • Swaying from side to side
  • Shifting your weight
  • Pacing back and forth
  • Touching your ears
  • Adjusting your hair
  • Adjusting your clothing
  • Putting your hands in your pockets
  • Playing with pens.

Just make sure your hand are free and don’t keep anything in your hands, because if you have pen in your hands you just go naturally play with it.

If there are keys in your pocket then take them out. Try not to put your hand in your pocket at all just keep your hands free that’s the best suggestion that I can give you.

Always try to be aware of what you are doing with your hands and if you are doing any repeatedly motions.

Recording yourself on video and watching yourself back is a great way to find out these things that you do.

Tip #2: Be Natural and Conversational

The best public speakers are the ones that appear natural and confident.

We use our hand gestures in everyday conversations. For example:

  • When I am talking to my wife
  • At the dinner table
  • When I am telling a story to my children
  • When I am talking to my family members
  • Even when I am on the phone

You use hand gestures in everyday life so try and relax. Be as cruisey and casual as you can and just pretend you are having a conversation with your best friend.

How would you use your hand gestures then? That’s a good indication that you are doing things well.

When people keep their hands to their sides, or put their hands down behind their back or hands in their pockets it’s not going to help convey their message.

So keep your hands free. Be natural be conversational, be cruisey.

Tip #3: Use Gestures To Project Your Feelings

Better Public Speaking Gestures

This is again something that we do naturally in a conversation.

When we are in state of happiness things just naturally come out. We naturally have gestures that we do. When we are sad – we naturally slouch. When we are angry – we naturally use angry gestures. Let your feelings come out in your gestures.

One of the best things we can do is pass an emotion onto our audience. People remember things when it has an emotion attached to it much better than if it’s just statistical information and it doesn’t have any emotions.

By using gesture that support your feelings, that bring your feeling out of your body, then you will get your message across more effectively.

Tip #4: Prepare and Practice Your Public Speaking Gestures

I recommend video for this because you can watch yourself back but doing it in the mirror is helpful as well.

When you prepare and practice try to think about what you are saying and to think about what gestures best support what you are saying and try to do them as you say it.

You know the first time when you learn to drive a car how difficult it was?

You need to change gears, you need to drive straight, you need to turn, you need to indicate, you need to check your rearview mirror. There are a lot of things to do, right?

When I learned to drive a car I started in an empty car park. I first learned how to change gears, whist I was going straight. No turning at all! I learned the basics and then I went up to changing gears whilst turning and then indicating as well and checking my rearview mirror and adjusting the radio and texting whilst driving.

Just like driving a car we learn things progressively, the same goes with gesturing.

You are walking around the room AND giving a presentation AND you are talking AND you are trying to make eye contact AND you try to give hand gestures. That’s a lot of things to do at once.

We need to practice progressively. Start by standing still in one spot and give your talk and just use your hands. And then you can add in some walking, some moving, some eye contact and so forth.

With practicing we get better we get to learn about the ticks that we have and we also get to practice our gestures so they become subconscious.

Tip #5: Be More Animated That You Think You Should Be

The fact is when you are up on stage, especially if you are talking to a big audience, you look really small. You look tinny tiny to people.

Even if it’s a small group of 10 people you are not right up close to their face. You can’t see exactly their facial expressions.

So when you are more animated than you think you need to be, you actually look normal.

If we are just as animated as we are in our everyday conversation then our hand gestures look small and our facial expressions look like we are not doing much at all. By being more animated you actually look normal, not weird.

This does takes some practice but over time you become used to it and it becomes normal. If you watch yourself back on video you will see that is very normal to be more animated than less animated.

This is why actors in plays use make up (like clowns) to exaggerate their expressions. They need to exaggerate because when you are in a play you are on a stage and people are so far away. You need to exaggerate your expressions so they can see it.

The same is true for public speaking. We need to exaggerate a little bit so that it actually looks normal to the audience.

So there you have 5 tips on how to better improve your public speaking gestures and how to use public speaking gestures more effectively.

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Using gestures, when give a public speech is a very important part of your presentation. If you fail to use gestures properly and you do awkward gestures throughout your presentations,you are probably going to distract your audience and you are not going to get the impact that you want when you presenting.

Here are 4 public speaking gestures you can use as well as how to use them effectively during your presentation.

4 Public Speaking Gestures

I am going to walk you through the four gestures that you can use in your presentations and so you can become more powerful and effective public speaker.

Public Speaking Gestures

1. Descriptive Gestures

These are gestures that we use to describe something or a situation .We might draw comparisons between something that’s really big and something that’s really small or we might use it to contrast certain items or to depict the size.

A great example that I am taking from toastmasters is if you are using a metaphor saying something is “like a tiny little bird” and you hold your hand out in a cup shape. You are reinstating the metaphor of the bird and also implying size being small.

You can also use descriptive gestures to show shapes. You can also talk about movement, you can talk about location and you can even use gestures when discussing numbers.

So descriptive gestures are very helpful because when we are speaking all we have is our words. All we have is what comes out of our mouth and by using descriptive gestures we can actually improve the impact of our public speech and improve the comprehension of our audience.

This means our message gets across more effectively.

2. Emphatic (Emotional) Gestures

Emphatic gestures are like emotional gestures. So if we are sad we could slump down and talk about sad things. If we are angry we could put our fists together and make an angry face.

We can use these gestures to symbolise the feelings that we have.

Emphatic gestures help us to appear more genuine. When you are talking about and you are using angry gestures it actually makes you seem more genuine.

The audience will be thingking “yes he were angry. I can see it in his body language.”

3. Suggestive Gestures

These are gestures that depict moods or expressions. For example: you could say I welcome you in with open arms whilst opening your arms.

4. Prompting Gestures

These are the ones that prompt the audience to do something.

Tony Robbins does this really well. He might say “raise your hand if you want to earn million dollar this year” and he will raise his hands as he is telling people to raise their hands.

Audience members are more likely to do it if they see you doing it first.

Or you could say “let’s jump up and down on the spot”. So you can see in the video I am jumping and so it encourages audience or prompts them to do something that you want to do.

So there you have the four gestures which we can use while giving a presentation and there are some ideas on how you can use them.

Using Public Speaking Hand Gestures Effectively

When it comes down to using them effectively I compiled the tips here. There I have 5 tips on how you can use them more effectively.

At the end of the day it comes down to preparation and practice and being natural in your gestures.

Don’t try and force yourself if you don’t feel natural. If it is flowing like it does in everyday conversation with your friends or family then that’s a good sign that they’re going to be hand gestures that will work.

Try to avoid those hand gestures that just really take away from your presentation and don’t support what you are presenting.

So I guess the rule is – If the gestures are supporting what you are saying then they are probably going to be great. If they take you away from what you are saying (like scratching your face, adjusting clothes or playing with your ring finger) then they are probably taking away from your presentation and you don’t want to use them.

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I am pretty funny guy. You know how I know I am funny guy? Because my 2 year old thinks I am hilarious! All I have to do is fall over or drop something and he is in histerics and laughing his head off. He thinks I am funniest guy in the world.

So when I get up in front of people, I’m just going to fall over and have the audience in tears of laughter? Not going to happen!

But today I do want to talk about how to make your own funny public speaking jokes. I do believe that lot of the public speaking jokes that people are using jokes of the internet just aren’t very funny. They are very corny and they are very awkward for the audience.

A joke is very important when placed in public speech because it needs to work and if it fails you need to have a backup plan. How can we create our own funny public speaking jokes, even if we aren’t usually that funny?

Funny Public Speaking Jokes Often Come From Revealing The Unexpected

Why is a that might two year old laughs at me when I fall over or want to drop something? And why is that six month baby laugh will at me when I play pekaboo?

It’s because something happens that they weren’t expecting. A lot of comedy comes from people doing things that are unexpected.

Funny Public Speaking Jokes

I was doing some research for the blog and was searching for “worst public speeches ever” for this article and there was one video that a kid has posted on Youtube of his graduation speech which was actually pretty good (see video below).

He used lot of humour in his speech and he was very clever in humour that he used. In the speech he was talking about his heroes – people like Einstein and Martin Luther King Jr. and then he goes on to say Tupac and Barney – the purple dinosaur.

So we are thinking he is giving his inspirational speech but then he throws in funny characters at the end – the rapper and purple dinosaur that you watched as kids.

It’s unexpected and so therefore it’s quite humorous.

Can You Add The Unexpected Into Your Speech?

So what you can do if you want to create your own funny public speaking jokes is to tell a story but with an unexpected and humorous outcome.

It’s not necessarily a joke. “Knock! Knock! Who’s there?” but it’s a story that produces laughter.

So whenever you are telling a story try and think of ways that you can add in things that are unexpected to the audience so that you may be get some laughter.

Make A Joke At Your Own Expense

Another thing to do is to make a joke on your own expense.

I always advise against making jokes at other people’s expense when you giving a public speech or presentation especially people who are in the room. Don’t make jokes on your company’s expense because more often or not people will take offence.

One of my mentors made this mistake massively! He was a youth Paster at the church I used to go to and we have a big youth event where over 300 kids came.

He was up in front of the people and he was speaking to the audience and he starts ripping into Anthony Mundine (who is a Australian Rugby league player who has turned into a boxer). Some people love him, other people hate him.

So he is ripping into Mundine and  making fun of this guy not knowing that Anthony Mundine’s cousin was sitting in the audience. As you can imagine it was very awkward for him after he discovered this.

So always avoid offending other people, but making fun on your own expense is always a great thing to do. If you laugh then other people will laugh at (and with) you.

Make Jokes As Passing Comments

You may want to make jokes as passing comments. So rather than making a joke and waiting for laughter make a joke but have a way to roll on for that joke.

So if people laugh then you can stop and you can let them laugh but if people don’t laugh you don’t have that awkward silence that kills your speech.

So try and do it as a rolling comment, try and have something that flows off to your joke that even if your joke fails it going to work as your back up system and it means that still adds value to your talk.

Make Your Jokes Relatable

Make your jokes relatable to the people in the audience. Make it so they can relate with the situation.

For example, if you are a high school student graduating then tell jokes that things that you did during your high school years. Don’t tell jokes about things that are in your personnel life that the audiences doesn’t have any connection with.

If there is already that relatability, if a person already understands the situation, then if you put a comical spin (remember…use the unexpected) on that situation then it can be much more humorous.

So I hope that this has helped to give you some ideas that how you can create your own funny jokes when you are giving a public speech.

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6 Problems Associated With Public Speaking

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You heart’s pumping fast, you’ve got sweaty palms and your mind is racing. All of these are symptoms of problems associated with public speaking.

Today, I want to talk about six problems associated with public speaking: These are serious mental problems; these are serious issues and should be taken seriously, if you do have them.

Let’s talk about the symptoms and you can see if you have any of these problems yourself and you can seek out how to fix your specific problem. One problem is not the same as the other and the methods of improving your public speaking ability and removing fear are going to be different for every single person.

6 Problems Associated With Public Speaking

Problem 1: Fear

Fear, stress and nervousness. This is the problem the most of us have when it comes to public speaking.

This is not severe anxiety, this is not severe stress. This is just a natural nervousness that we get and natural fear that we have when we are going to speak in public.

Symptoms like sweaty palms, a racing mind, your heart beating little bit faster or sometimes your legs get a little bit shaky. These are natural signs of you being nervous before a big presentation.

It is not bad to be nervous to give a presentation, especially if it is going to be an important one.

When I was a rep for a pharmaceutical company and I knew I had to role play with the MD of a company I was naturally very nervous. Who wouldn’t be as a young sales rep role playing with the MD of a multi-billion dollar corporation?

I had sweaty palms, I had a racing mind and I was very stressed leading up it. But when it happened I flew into it and it went fine.

The stress went away when it was done obviously and things were fine. It was not stress or nervousness that I could not deal with. It was just uncomfortable so that is number one.

Problem 2: Anxiety

This is more severe than that natural stress and nervousness and you know it is anxiety when you got symptoms like hot and cold flushes, tightening of the chest or sometimes even you feel a tightening around the throat area. Also your mind does not just race, it snowballs the worries, things get worse and worse in your mind and you get this obsessive thinking that this is going on.

That is a sign of anxiety about public speaking.

Anxiety when it comes to public speaking is very common. Anxiety is very different to that natural nervousness and stress.

With nervousness and stress sometimes we can just do some breathing techniques or some relaxation techniques. However, anxiety is more serious so we need to treat it differently.

Problem 3: Panic Attacks

This I believe is more worse that anxiety. They say that anywhere from 15-35% of people will experience a panic attack sometime in life.

A panic attack is like intense anxiety – shortness of breath and nausea are common symptoms.

You have probably heard about people vomiting before they need to give a speech, that can be from a panic attack.

A panic attack is sometimes described as anxiety with immense fear. Sometimes with panic attacks people become afraid of their anxiety and so they have these panic attacks about the anxiety that they are going to be having in the future, or the anxiety that they are having in the moment.

Panic attacks can be very debilitating and so the people will avoid situations where they are afraid they are going to have a panic attack or afraid they are going to have anxiety. This is why some people who have panic attacks never leave their house.

They are scared to be put in a situation where they are going to have an attack so this is something that’s very serious.

Again, it is very common when it comes to public speaking but we are obviously looking at this very differently that we would look at the natural stress or just the fluttering of the heart caused by nervousness.

Problem 4: Insomnia

Generally, it’s the night before you need to give a presentation and what happens is your mind is racing thinking about you speech. Thinking about what might happen what might go wrong

Because your mind is going 1,000,000 miles an hour, you can’t get a sleep. This is very common problem associated with public speaking.

Problem 5: Post Traumatic Stress

This happens when you have has a past experience (probably related to public speaking) where it went terrible and for some reason you have these horrible feelings associated with public speaking.

So whenever you think a public speaking maybe can be doing it or just thinking about it in the future, you keep going back to this moment in time where it was traumatic for you.

You need to deal with that differently to anxiety and the other problems associated with public speaking because we are not dealing with stress in the moment, we are dealing with a past experience.

Problem 6: Depression

This is not as common but still does happen with public speaking.

This happens when you get so stressed that it actually leads to depression and you start feeling very down and you don’t want to get out the bed. You don’t want to talk to anyone you obviously don’t give your presentation.

I haven’t had depression around public speaking specifically but I know what depression is. I know what it feels like. It’s very hard to get out of that mental downward spiral.

There you have six problems associated with public speaking.

Did any of those resonate with you? Do you have any of those problems that are associated with public speaking?

I believe that it’s very important to put a name to your problem. Being able to understand your problem better and understand the issues you have allows you to look at solutions to your problems.

But if you are having anxiety and you are treating it like a small amount of nervousness, or you having panic attacks and you are just treating it like you are a little bit stressed you probably aren’t going to overcome that situation.

If you are just dealing with a panic attack in the way that I deal with a little bit nervousness when I get up to speak then it’s probably not going to work for you.

It is very important to understand your problem, what’s going on with you so that you can then begin to learn more about it and begin to overcome it.

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