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.