Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week. In addition to the news update, I answer a reader question via video.
This week’s reader question is:
Can you share a few tips and tools that will help me overcome my fear of speaking in public?
For those of you who can’t watch the video, here’s a quick summary of my talk . . .
I’m scared of public speaking, so before I give a presentation I focus on the following strategies:
1. Preparation. Think about your topic, the points you want to get across, and about the type of room you’ll be presenting in. For example, I love using PowerPoint presentations because it’s a great way to display one or two key points, plus a visual images. But sometimes it’s not possible to use a PowerPoint, so you’ll want to engage the audience in other ways.
2. Practice. Once you’ve organized your talk, start practicing. Practice in front of friends, family members, or in front of your cats. 🙂
3. Just do it. At some point, you have to get out there and give your talk. If you’re still nervous about speaking in public, consider joining a local Toastmasters. For instance, when I worked in the investment management industry I joined Toastmasters and the organization helped improve my speaking and leadership skills.
Leave a comment and tell me about how you’ve overcome the fear of public speaking. 🙂
Now onto the news . . .
“Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus, is a beautiful bush in the honeysuckle family found in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and across the United States and Canada. It is distinctive for its white-colored berries, so if you have seen it, I bet you recognize it.”
“Some things we write are just for fun, but usually there is a message or lesson. A message of hope or inspiration, or a lesson in business or life.
Maybe blogging will change, as everything does, but hopefully we can preserve the best parts of blogging and free content. You don’t need a perfect design, all the right widgets, advertisers or thousands of readers to write something important. If your writing is meaningful to just one person, it is important. Even if that person is you.”
“Your days of old will come sooner than you’ll ever believe possible. So take hold of each day, each precious moment, right now. Take hold of it not by grabbing up all you can, but by giving away all you can. Give away kindness, give away hugs, give away your time, give away food, give away money, give away want, give away love.
Be ever so grateful of every breath, every sunny day, every light snow fall, every great movie, every life-giving meal, every good night’s sleep, every work of art, every venture, adventure and misadventure undertaken, and every new friend made.”
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