As some of you may know my executive, Jasmine Freeman, was a speaker at this year’s 18th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. I have to take a moment and pay tribute to her for doing what so many of us fear. Public speaking!
The days leading up to the conference she had some definite anxiety. She stepped up in true Jasmine fashion and was committed, focused, and determined to give it her best. That she did! She really shined and I couldn’t be more proud of her for overcoming her anxiety and fear and presenting a unique and wonderful speech!
George Jessel once said “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” How true is that! The fear of public speaking is very common. At some point in our lives, many of us are asked to speak publicly. As an assistant sometimes we are asked to give presentations, speak in front of peers or managers in meetings or, like Jasmine, are asked to speak formally in a public venue.
I read this really great article with tips about public speaking. Here’s what www.Udel.edu had to say.
- Visualize. Picture yourself in the classroom or in the meeting room, standing up, taking your notes to the lectern, and so on. Visualize a successful outcome.
- Practice. Practice going through your presentation, over and over again. But do it with someone who is supportive, so that you learn to succeed rather than to fail.
- Sensitizers focus on the little things. “Through visualization they can get all that negative stuff out, so when the real day comes, they can get that out of their system and focus on real issues,” Witt says.
During your speech, deal with symptoms as they occur:
- Dry mouth? Take a little sip of water.
- Knees knocking? Shift your weight and flex your knees.
- Hands trembling? Put them together.
- Voice is quivering? “Pause, take a deep breath or two, and smile. It is amazing what a smile will do,” Witt says.
- Sweating? “Forget it, nobody sees that anyway,” Witt says.
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Have a great day!