How to Avoid Public Speaking Excuses

Public Speaking Excuses
Public Speaking Excuses
I love to hear the excuses my clients give for why they did not do well at their last speaking engagement. Whatever the excuse, in most cases, the real reason for this problem is lack of preparation. I cannot tell you how many people tell me that they went over their material several times and they still did not do well giving their speech or presentation.
I then ask them how they practiced and they proceed to explain that they went over it in their mind on numerous occasions. Do you know the mistake in that scenario? They went over it in their mind.
If professional athletes, musicians, singers, actors, and other performers went over their material in their mind, there would be no professional athletics, no concerts, and no Broadway!
Practicing your material - whether it is for a musical event or a stage production - requires that you physically rehearse out loud. For the athlete, it means you exercise and you practice. A LOT! What makes these actors and performers professional is that they have done their due diligence. They have practiced and will continue to do.
I do not know how you could possibly believe you will do a good job in public speaking if you have not practiced your material orally. I suggest placing some stuffed animals in several chairs in your living room and talking to the animals, pretending that they are your audience.
Recording yourself is also part of the process. Today's technology is so advanced and so available to most people, that there really is no excuse for not recording yourself. If you plan a career in public speaking or are required by your company to present material often, it is to your advantage to invest in some form of recording equipment, preferably video. To be able to see and hear yourself is a fantastic tool to hone your presentation skills.
While I do not advocate memorization of the body of your material, I do suggest that you memorize your opening: getting through the beginning of your speech or presentation without a mistake is a tremendous confidence booster. Then, as you move into the body or development of your script, talk around your bullet points, just as if you were having a conversation with friends or family in your living room.
Will you be nervous if you practice diligently? I certainly hope so. All great athletes and performers experience nervousness but they trust in themselves because they have prepared themselves to do the best job possible.
Prepare and practice for your next speaking engagement and you can avoid the excuses!
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. For more information on upcoming workshops, visit Nancy's Voice Training Workshops.

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Public Speaking - You Will Experience Breathlessness If You Talk Too Fast

Public Speaking Talk Fast
Public Speaking Talk Fast

Breathlessness is not just a problem for those who are involved in some form of strenuous activity. It is also a problem for many novice public speakers. Add nervousness to the picture and you have the perfect recipe for losing control of your delivery: as you try to catch up on your diminishing air supply, you probably notice that your pitch is rising higher and higher and your speed is getting faster and faster.
One of the most important things you should do when speaking (or exercising) is to breathe with the support of your diaphragm, also known as deep breathing. For the athlete, breathing deeply oxygenates the muscles so they can work harder, stronger and faster. For the public speaker, diaphragmatic breathing oxygenates the brain, allowing for the elimination of toxins in the blood. The result is a decrease in your panic or stress. Essentially, breathing with support gives you control over that wonderful rush of adrenaline.
Nervousness in public speaking is actually a good thing because your adrenaline makes you sharper, more alert, and more focused. Without control over it, however, you are unable to place yourself in this 'fight mode.' Instead, you resort to the status of fleeing or freezing! Neither is beneficial at the lectern.
It is this controlling of your nervous energy which enables you to harness your speed. When I work with my clients, they are able to control their speed as well as their voice because of the breathing. Have you ever noticed a quiver in your voice when you are nervous? By using your chest cavity in talking, you will find that your voice no longer shakes and no longer rises in pitch.
The reason these two factors - your breathing and the use of your chest cavity - will eliminate these speech and voice difficulties is because you will be relying less on your throat and vocal cords to produce your sound. If you are typical of 99% of the population, you have depended on your throat and voice box as your primary resonators. Of course your mouth and nasal cavities also play an important role in the production of voiced sound but there is no doubt that the pharynx and larynx bear the brunt of the work. By implementing your chest cavity as your primary resonator, you will immediately reduce the stress on the vocal cords, thereby eliminating the quiver and the rise in pitch.
Breathlessness will no longer be a problem because you will learn to supplement your balloon of air before you run out of it. There is no secret to the idea of supplementing your air supply. You do it in normal conversation all the time and it looks like this:
  1. talk;
  2. pause;
  3. take a quick breath;
  4. and continue on.
Learn to control your voice and you will have the upper hand over your speed, your breathlessness, and your nervousness.
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, group and corporate training in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Visit Nancy's Voice Training Website and watch as she describes the best means of controlling nervousness in any form of public speaking.

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Public Speaking - 3 Steps for Adding More Color to Your Delivery

Public Speaking
Public Speaking

When it comes to speaking with more emotion, more life, more color, many people think it is just the voice with which they need to be concerned. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your facial expression and body language are just as important as your vocal variety.

Think of what you do with your hands when you are talking to your friends, family or colleagues for example. If you're standing, are they hanging loose at your sides? I would think not. More than likely you move them in some fashion. Also, you probably don't stand perfectly still in this situation.

What about your facial expression? Do you smile, frown, or show some form of expression or emotion when you are in conversation? Perhaps you raise your eyebrows or shake your head from side to side if you are in disagreement.

If you are aware that you are using some form of color in your body language and facial expression when in conversation, then I want you to do the same when addressing an audience because it will look and feel more natural than standing immobile on a stage like a robot.

On the other hand, should you find your delivery skills lacking in expression both in conversation and at the lectern, try the following exercises, using a video recorder if at all possible. Even accessing the recording capabilities on you iPhone will work. For this exercise, it will be easier if you are standing.

1. Record yourself saying, I couldn't possibly do that using force on the word possibly. Keep the other four words relatively flat. Play it back. Were you able to accomplish the goal? Did you notice a difference? If you didn't, keep practicing until the word possibly stands out from the others.

2. Record yourself again and, this time, shake your head in a negative manner. Watch yourself on the recording. Did it look natural? If not, practice it again and again until it does.

3. Assuming you have accomplished the above 2 steps, when you record yourself this time, move back slightly with one foot as you say it and use one of your hands to emphasize the word possibly.
This exercise will be most effective if you are alone when you record yourself so that you do not feel self-conscious. You also need to 'allow' yourself or to give yourself permission to express your emotion.

Admittedly, in the beginning this is easier said than done. You have spent your entire lifetime keeping your emotions inside of you. What I am asking you to do will require the freedom to express.
Remember, speaking with emotion and allowing your listeners to see your expression is normal. Speaking in a monotone voice with no emotion is not.

The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Visit Voice Dynamic and discover the best means of adding some life to your voice and your delivery.

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Public Speakers Know That They Have To Color Their Presentations

Public Speakers Presentations
Public Speakers Presentations
Congratulations, you've been asked to give a speech. Were you thinking about using some PowerPoint or Keynote slides with that presentation? OK, we all know about the importance of public speaking and so that sounds like a good idea. One quick question about those slides that you're going to be making - do you know how to make the data that you are going to be presenting memorable or is it just going to be forgettable?

The Power Of Color

When we are putting together our slide decks, what do we spend our time thinking about? More often than not it's about how many slides we are going to be creating and what cool clip art we can use (or even worse: what cool animation we can add).

It turns out that we might be overlooking one of the most important factors that can cause our audiences to remember what we show them. What we've been skipping is color. Oh, I don't mean that we don't use color in our slides - no B&W decks here. However, if you are like most speakers then what color something is can almost be an afterthought.

This means that we've been missing the boat. Often times what we have is a lot of data that we want our audience to see. However, the real meaning of that data is hidden and it's up to us to tease it out and make sure that our audience understands it. This is where color can help us out.

If you've ever watched one of those fancy fashion shows, then you understand just how powerful color can be in conveying information. Your audience is going to be drawing conclusions from the images that you present to them in your slides. The colors that you use to do this is going to play a critical role in how effective this all is.

The color experts have studied how we process colors and they've learned a few things. One of the most important things is that when we can name a color, then we are better able to both understand and communicate the information that it contains. That's why using "ice" blue when you are talking about climate change will boost your audience's understanding of your message.

Problems That Using Color Can Cause

As powerful as spending extra time picking the correct colors to use in your next presentation can be, it does come with its own set of challenges. What we need to keep in mind as presenters is that the way that our deck of slides looks to us may not be the way that it looks to our audience.
We need to be aware that in our audiences, there will probably be people who have partial sight and color deficiencies. Since we want our message to connect with them just as much as with everyone else, we need to adjust how we use colors in order to meet their special needs.

This means that we need to not use colors of similar lightness next to each other. Simple steps like this will help the 285 million people world-wide who are visually impaired and the 246 million people who have low vision.

What All Of This Means For You

As public speakers we are always looking for ways to improve our ability to connect with our audiences. It turns out that we may have been overlooking a simple way to improve how we do this by using colors more effectively.
The experts who study such things tell us that our audience will always be using our images to reach conclusions and by using colors we can help steer them towards the conclusions that we want them to reach. We do need to be careful in how we use our colors and keep in mind that some of the members of our audience may have partial sight or color deficiencies issues.

Moving the selection of what colors we are going to use in our next presentation from being an afterthought to being one of our first decisions is easy enough to do - making these kinds of simple changes is one of the benefits of public speaking. Now all we need to do is to make sure that the colors that we select help us to do a better job of telling our audience the story that we want them to hear.

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How to Free Your Body and Speak From the Source of Your Talent

Free Your Body
Free Your Body

Speakers who are comfortable in their bodies have a lovely natural flow in the way they use them. If you have been wondering what to do to be more engaging and more effective in your public speaking or in one-on-one situations, I've got a suggestion that works every time. "Put it in neutral!" Let me explain.

Neutral Position: This is the place from which all presentations originate and to which they all return. Think of this position as the source of your talent. We have neutral position in our cars - now we have one for our bodies. When the body is in a comfortable neutral, just as in cars, we are free to transition to any of our other gears - such as emotional gears.

Standing in front of a mirror, plant your feet six to eight inches apart, in line with your legs and hips. Bring your hands to your sides and let them hang freely. WARNING - if you have previously been stuck in the fig leaf position, or other similar versions of holding on to yourself, then standing with your hands at your side will feel very strange at first. You may feel as if your hands are on the floor, much like a Gorilla. You might be asking yourself, "What do I do with my hands?" You probably will not love this position at first, but this is quite normal for those not used to standing in this way, and it is just fine! Let it in and let it start to work for you.

Neutral is open and receptive; it says, "I am ready." Instead of a place of being stuck, it is a place that provides a sense of flow. Think of yourself as a tree. As you stand there, imagine that your feet are rooted in and supported by the earth. You are not just floating on some surface - you are rooted, grounded and connected. It is very important that you feel this connection with the earth. It has everything to do with your success!

You must practice neutral position. Begin by standing still - let the position sink in. Walk around and start to talk about something, a prepared speech, for instance. Are you starting to feel a connection between the words you are saying and your body's response to them? Allow the meaning of the words to extend through your body, especially your arms and hands. If you want to walk, do it - just don't pace.

  • Return to neutral
  • Take a step
  • Return to neutral
  • Repeat as necessary

Before long, you will be comfortably flowing in your personally engaging style of communication, welcoming the audience in and keeping them hanging on every word that your body is saying. You will be flowing in the gift of you and your message.

Summary: Remember, if you are not in charge - tension will be. Tension will be speaking, instead of your talent, and the gift of your message will not be received, disappointing both you and your audience. Take control, instead. From the neutral position, let your body transition from gear to gear, emotion to emotion, taking your audience along for the ride.

Laurie Burton wants you to master the art of communicating. In fact, she wants you to master the art of YOU - so she wrote the book on it! Grab your FREE chapter of Presenting You at and see for yourself why regardless of skill-level, business experience or leadership involvement, Laurie's techniques quickly and consistently generate dramatic results with immediate impact and effectiveness.

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Worse Than Death? A Guide to Beating Public Speaking Nerves

Public Speaking Nerves
Public Speaking Nerves
Just in time for Halloween, a poll commissioned for Ripley's Believe It or Not! London has found that a fear of public speaking ranks higher than a fear of death. The poll questioned 2,000 women and found that, although the top fears were losing family members and being buried alive, a close third place was speaking in public.

While the first two will strike a chord with anyone, a fear of public speaking may sound slightly less serious. That is, if you're not staring at a public speaking situation. It is perfectly understandable and, as the above poll shows, if you feel this way then you are not alone. However, it is an avoidable fear.
So for those who feel that way, here is my three point plan for beating the nerves and making sure that you have the confidence and courage to stand up and talk, whether it's at a function like a wedding, a presentation at work, or just in front of a large group of friends.

1 - Mental Preparation
First of all, make sure than you are ready for your speech or presentation. Practice, practice and then practice some more. Take every opportunity, whether it's in front of friends or family or on your own in your room, in the shower or when you're out walking.
There really is no substitute for practice. Done properly and consistently, it will give you the confidence that you know your material. As a result, you can strike off one reason why people get nervous: a fear of the unknown. If you know your material inside-out, then that is one less thing to worry about.
Another thing to remember is that how you are feeling is all in the mind. This may sound obvious but it's true. Fear can be a powerful thing, a terrible thing; but it is still just an emotional reaction.
So try to get a sense of perspective. Ask yourself: what is the worst that could happen? Then think about what you can do to counter that. For example:

  • You forget the words? Then make sure you have nice, clear notes available to you.

  • You will look as though you don't know what you're talking about? Then do your research, or have a friendly expert to hand to help, or (and this is the most important) don't be afraid to tell the questioner that you'll get back to them once you've had a chance to look up the answer.

  • Worried that everyone will laugh at you, or hate you, or not laugh at you (if your speech or presentation is a humorous one)? Don't worry. One of the big secrets of public speaking is that everyone will be on your side. Look back to the start of this article. You are not alone in being afraid of speaking out in public. You can guarantee that a fair proportion of your audience will be respecting you for standing up and speaking in front of them. They will want you to do well. It's human nature. If you don't believe me, just think back to the last time you saw someone speak, someone who appeared a bit nervous. Think about how you reacted. I bet you were willing them to do their best.

2 - Physical Preparation
There are a few little tricks you can do to calm the nerves and get yourself in the best possible position to do as well as you can when you stand up to speak:

  • Be rested. Try and get as good a night's sleep as possible the night before. To help you with this, make sure that you do no more practice after (say) 6pm - do something completely different to take your mind off it. If you spend all evening cramming you will just end up stressing yourself even more, leading to lack of sleep, leading to you being even less likely to remember your lines, leading to even more nerves on the day... You get the picture. So try to kick back and relax!

  • Speak to others. Don't bottle up how you feel - share it! Sometimes just sharing how you feel can be enough to lighten the load, if only a little. And if you share with the right person they may even come up with something to help you.

  • Think about what normally helps you relax. Exercise can be a great way to burn off all that nervous energy. On the other side of the spectrum, meditation and visualisation can be a great way to settle the nerves.

  • Take deep breaths. Every time you feel yourself starting to panic or get nervous, take a few long, deep breaths. Focus on filling your lungs completely and then emptying them. The oxygen will help to calm your nerves and feed your brain, and by breathing deeply you will stop yourself hyperventilating.

  • Just before you are about to speak, take a few really deep breaths. Concentrate on breathing in all the way and then out all the way. Again, this will help to calm your body and, just as importantly, give you the puff and energy to get you started with speaking.

3 - Just Do It!
At the end of the day, there is no substitute for standing up and starting to speak. This may sound daunting, but absolutely the hardest part is starting; once you're in your flow you'll find it so much easier than you feared.

To help you with this, make sure you have 100% memorised the opening couple of lines of what you are going to say, as well as having them written out in front of you - even if it's something as simple as "Good afternoon, my name is Pete and I'm going to speak to you today about... "
So that's it - sounds simple, doesn't it? A fear of public speaking is understandable, but it can be beaten very easily, by just focusing on a few key points.

Good luck!

Peter Oxley is the author of The Wedding Speech Manual, a complete, step-by-step guide to writing and performing your wedding speech. Aside from writing and willingly speaking in front of large crowds of strangers, Pete spends his spare time playing music badly, supporting football teams that play badly and writing about himself in the third person.
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Overcoming Public Speaking Phobia, Step By Step

Overcoming Public Speaking Phobia
Overcoming Public Speaking Phobia

Today I would like to share with you about the topic of overcoming public speaking phobia. Now I know that it is common for people to be afraid to speak in public. Are you one of them? I hope that by the end of this article you will be able to overcome that fear and confidently speak in front of a crowd. You were called for greatness, so do not let this fear hold you back from achieving your destiny!
Well there may be several reasons why people are afraid to speak in front of a crowd. Firstly, it could be because they are introverts, so they may not be used to speaking in the first place. Or, it could be because they were bullied as a kid and so they are afraid to face people. Maybe it could just be a case of worrying how they will look on stage. Whatever the case is, you will need to trace the root cause for that fear. It could be one of the three reasons I mentioned, or it could be some other reasons. It could even be a combination of any of these reasons.
Once you have pointed out the root cause for your public speaking phobia, it is time to open up. Find someone you can trust and confide in him or her about that fear. When you open up and admit that you have those fears, that means you are facing your fears head on instead of hiding them and letting them consume you. You also end up getting motivated to overcome it. Plus, by telling someone you can trust, you ensure that you get the support of someone you can count on, even in the midst of hardships.
The next step to overcoming public speaking phobia would to step out of your comfort zone and start speaking to a crowd. Here, you can start by speaking to a crowd of small people. Now, you may feel nervous at the start, and you may even stutter, but with practice, that confidence should develop within you and you should eventually get the hang of it. Over time, you should progressively challenge yourself to speak to large crowds. During the entire journey, there may be times when you feel nervous or anxious. When that happens, remind yourself that you are above that fear, and you can overcome it calmly.
I hope you have a better understanding of how you can overcome your public speaking phobia. I wish you success in your journey to becoming a top class public speaker!
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Speaking - Giving a Comic Speech

Speaking - Giving a Comic Speech
Speaking - Giving a Comic Speech

Much like jello, there is always room for humor. Even the most solemn of speeches can be enhanced by the right kind of funny. How do you create a speech that is funny, relevant, and still a speech (rather than a standup routine)? Follow these simple rules, and you'll be delivering a comic speech that will bolster your message and keep your audience interested.

The Rule of Three
Three is the magic number in just about anything. It's especially magic in comedy. Aristotle said, "The secret to humor is surprise." He's still right to this day. The funniest things happen unexpectedly. That's why the rule of three works so well. When you mention two perfectly normal or logical things and follow them with something that doesn't fit, is opposite, or is totally illogical, it takes your audience by surprise and, if done correctly, can really make them laugh.
Renowned comedian John Kinde explains some of the patterns that you may use:

  • Same/Same/Different (categories)
  • Expected/Expected/Unexpected (traits)
  • Love/Love/Hate
  • Ordinary/Ordinary/Ridiculous
  • Extreme/Extreme/Ordinary

... the list goes on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt utilized this rule when he advised speakers to "Be sincere, be brief, be seated."

Observational Humor
Simply put, observational humor is infusing your speech with something you've observed recently. It is a shared experience that instantly endears you to the audience. If you are someone who can think on your feet, this is a wonderful technique that instantly gets the audience on your side. It can also make your well-rehearsed, prepared speech seem tailored and spontaneous.

When thinking of observational humor, the first name that typically comes to mind is Jerry Seinfeld. He can take the most mundane, everyday occurrence and make a joke out of it. You can do this, too. You don't have to go off on a wild story like Bill Cosby or hire a team of writers like Jay Leno - simply be aware of your surroundings and perhaps a quirk or complaint of your audience and work it into your speech.
This is also a great technique to employ should something embarrassing happen, such as a cell phone going off in the middle of your speech or your PowerPoint powering down when you need it most.

Self-effacing Humor
If you can good-naturedly poke fun at yourself, you've got a gold mine for a humorous speech. The easiest are obvious traits, such as being excessively tall or short. It doesn't even have to be verbal - I once saw a speaker bring down the house just by staring up for a moment at the microphone that had been set above her head. She made a face, then faked a couple of jumping swipes as if trying to reach it. When the technician came to rescue her, she gave him a kiss on the cheek after he adjusted the stand. She could have adjusted it herself and even complained about the height - instead she chose to make us laugh. From then on, we really wanted to hear what she had to say.

The most important thing to remember about using self-effacing humor is to have fun. No one wants to hear you beat up on yourself. Make sure it's something you can laugh about yourself.

Humorist vs. Comic
If you are a humorist, you can deliver a funny, engaging, and poignant speech that teaches even as it entertains. This is a different art form than being a stand-up comic delivering one-liners. Combining the three techniques above in various ways may take a bit of practice, but the payoff is huge. If they're laughing, they're learning.

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First Time Public Speaking? 12 Strategies That Will Have You Presenting Like a Pro

First Time Public Speaking? 12 Strategies That Will Have You Presenting Like a Pro
First Time Public Speaking? 
12 Strategies That Will Have You Presenting Like a Pro

In today's marketplace anyone, from the CEO to the lab technician, may be called upon to give a presentation. Your audience can range from a small group of potential clients or financiers to an entire Fortune 500 Company. If you have little or no public speaking experience, the moments before you step up to the podium, sit at the head of a conference table or walk across the stage can be terrifying. In fact the weeks, days and hours beforehand can be just as unnerving.

The good news is, that some degree of nervousness is normal and even productive. If not overwhelming, it can help to keep us on our toes and allow us to do our best. So, acknowledge your butterflies and teach them to fly together.

My experience spans over twenty years in the public arena and along with the help of an associate of mine, Marta Siberio, of Marta Siberio Consulting, Inc. we have come up with twelve simple techniques to help you present like a pro.

1. Prepare yourself, mentally, emotionally and physically. Everyone would agree, from Toastmasters to Dale Carnegie, that being prepared should be your first priority. Do all you can to get ready for your big debut. Psych yourself up with some positive talk. Get plenty of rest the night before and eat a protein rich breakfast to ensure your energy level stays high during your presentation. If you're required to talk for longer periods of time with only a few short breaks, bring along some almonds or another high protein food to snack on during the breaks and always keep water by your side.

2. Look Your Best. Choose items of clothing that are professional and make you feel good. Now is not the time to try a new pair of shoes or the hottest trend in fashion. Stay with something you feel comfortable in. If you look good and are comfortable, you feel good and your confidence rises.

3. Know your topic. If you are discussing technical terms, make sure you know them inside and out. I promise, the one bit of information you don't know, will be the one subject of a question asked. If that happens you may lose your credibility with potential clients or colleagues. If making a sales pitch, have a thorough knowledge of the product, services, sales figures and any other information you need to be persuasive. Same rules apply for team or department reports. If you know and understand your facts and figures, you will have more confidence when presenting. If you do by some chance forget something, don't panic. There's always "Let me get back to you on that." Or "Great question, but before I answer, I want to double check my data." Then make sure to follow-up and give the appropriate answer.

4. Become familiar with your surrounding in advance. It 's so important to visit the space you will be working in before hand. If you have the opportunity to view the space a day or two in advance, that's ideal. If that isn't possible, get there as early as you can the day of. You need to know whether you are going to be standing on stage, sitting at a conference table or standing behind a podium in the center of a room. Are you using technology, flipcharts or other visual aids? In addition, Marta Siberio suggests, "Before you set-up and begin, walk around the room. Look from your audience's perspective. Visualize where things should be. As a member of the audience what do you expect to see?" Logistically, make the space work for you and set-up the spotlight where you want it to be.

5. Another confidence builder; work with a partner or two. If you can, have your co-workers help you. Find a couple of people who will be at your presentation. They will be your preview audience and make sure you are on track with your message. Most importantly they can give you feedback to help you deliver a professional presentation. The big advantage to this? If you get stuck during your rendition of monthly production figures, you can look to them. Just knowing that they have heard you before can trigger your recall and help you move ahead with certainty.

6. Find one or two things to share with your audience. Some good questions to ask yourself are: Whom are you presenting to? What do you have in common with them? Maybe a humorous personal story or an industry joke. (Just be careful it's not offensive to anyone). Or try a quote from a famous person that applies to your subject material. All of these will break the ice, and hearing the audience laugh will put you at ease. Try these sites for inspiration: or

7. Rehearse your speech by yourself. Stand in front of a mirror and recite your presentation out loud, even if you feel silly doing it. I know I did in the beginning. Then I realized that this rehearsal time gave me an opportunity to see which areas I needed to work on. The benefits? You are less likely to make mistakes in the actual presentation or whack yourself in the head with flying arm syndrome. I once gave myself a bloody lip. Yes, I admit my hands like to talk as much as I do. One area I saw I had to work on.

8. Be aware of your body language. If sitting at the head of a conference table, don't slump or cross your arms over your chest. Both actions can make you appear disinterested. Instead place both feet flat on the floor and place both hands in a steeple position, fingertips touching. Don't fidget or tap your fingers on the desk. If you want to look busy, Marta suggests holding your notes in both hands, glancing at them from time to time. But don't send or receive texts on your phone. If you are standing, try an athletic or yoga stance with knees slightly bent and feet-hip-wide-apart. When standing at a podium place both hands on either side of it; this is a way for you to claim your space and appear and feel more confident. Remember don't shift from side to side or foot to foot and don't put both hands in your pocket(one hand is okay). Both moves give the appearance of untrustworthiness.

9. Start your presentation with The Old WIIFT-What's in it for them. When preparing your presentation it's important to think like the audience. What will they get from you? What information do you have for them and most importantly how does it benefit them to listen to you? At the beginning of your presentation, list all of the key components you are going to discuss. For example, "Today I will discuss the top three sales techniques to overcome cost objections, followed by role play and ending with a question and answer session." Or "This afternoon I will be discussing several ways to achieve a higher level of production in each department, followed by a five minute question and answer session."

10. Make eye contact during your presentation. It's important to establish your sincere intentions, and part of that is making eye contact with your audience. If you find looking in someone's eyes (say, your bosses) a bit intimidating, you're not alone. Try these tips. Instead of looking directly into someone's eyes, focus in between them at the base of the forehead, just above the bridge of the nose. Also look out into your audience and find key focal points along the back of the room. Every time you scan the room, nod at each one as you make a point in your speech. It will look to your audience like you are making connections with other listeners. What ever you do, don't stare at any one person for too long.

11. Breath, relax and slow it down. Marta says one of the biggest mistakes novice speakers make is rushing through their material and not breathing. She suggests taking several calming breaths before you begin. In addition, Marta suggests you keep a trigger object that reminds you to slow down. It could be as simple as a Post-it note that says "Slow down" or a talisman that only you know about.

12. Remember to have fun. There is a little actor/actress in all of us. Some of the most successful motivational speakers were once shy children. There is a certain excitement in performing for others. So let out your inner diva or rockstar and have fun with that side of yourself. Enjoy the spotlight.
By using some or all of these tips, your butterflies will line right up for you. One last bit of advice, based on personal experience. Trust yourself to do the best you can.

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Using the Fast Phobia Cure for Your Fear of Public Speaking

Using the Fast Phobia Cure for Your Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking is extremely common. It's often said that's actually higher up than the fear of death. And with stories of actors and comedians "dying on stage" - even though that's being metaphorical - that fear has built up in a lot of people.

But regardless of the cause of your fear of public speaking, there is a way that it can be tackled fast. Which is good news if the fear shows up unexpectedly, just before a critical speech or presentation is due.
You may have heard of the fast phobia cure but dismissed it as quackery. After all, your rational mind asks, how can a fear that you've had for years be dispersed in a matter of minutes?

The quick answer is that it can.
We learn fast - it's part of our survival instinct.
Which means that we can un-learn fast equally well.
Think about it for a minute: your public speaking fear almost certainly arrived quickly. Maybe you were caught unawares and had to make an impromptu presentation. Or, more likely, your mind worked overtime the night before an important speech, causing lack of sleep and a general sense of portending doom before you even stood up.

Then - every time since - you've brought back the same feeling. Or maybe even an intensified version if your subsequent speeches didn't go particularly smoothly.
That's caused by our mind taking shortcuts.
It has to do that, otherwise we'd have to re-learn everything, every time we did it. Which would be a major pain in the neck if we had to work out how to sit down, how to use knives and forks, even how to breathe in and out.

So you've learned a shortcut that determines that whenever there's a possibility of speaking in public, you'll have a sense of panic and maybe overwhelm.
And you've probably practised that a lot - both during the speeches themselves and in the run up to them where your mind traces over everything that could possibly go wrong.
The fast phobia cure sorts this out.

It uses a simple process of harnessing your imagination (which you've already proved can be quite vivid!) to get rid of the shortcut that is triggering your fear of public speaking.
The process involves running a virtual movie in your mind.
But you run the movie backwards. So that it goes from the time where you'd learned to be afraid of speaking in public back to the time when you had no such qualms.
Depending on how intense the fear is, it may take a few rewinds to erase the shortcut your mind currently takes.

There are usually "extras" in the process as well.
Not popcorn - we'll keep that for real movies.
But usually fading the mental image to black and white, speeding it up and often playing something such as circus music over the top of the back to front movie.
A few "plays" like this take the fear level down quite a lot of notches.
Which then means that you can address the idea of speaking in public rationally the next time you have to do it. Without the baggage of all the old fears and worries.
If you'd like to get rid of your fear of public speaking then check out this review of an excellent version of the fast phobia cure.

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How To Become An Iconic Speaker

Your stagecraft is excellent; your delivery refined. Now you want to know how to elevate your speaking career to that illusive next plateau. You want the conference conveners to seek you out a year or more in advance of their events because they have to have you. The next steps in your evolution may not look the way you expect them to.

If we applied the 80/20 rule to professional speakers, the breakdown might look like this: 80 per cent are every nice aunt or sweet-natured uncle you've ever met: kindly, polite, politically correct. Cautiously inoffensive. Indistinguishable from the next.

The other twenty per cent do things differently. Their approach is counter-intuitive, and they do not play it safe. And to the annoyance of the self-governed rule-bound, these speakers are typically remunerated on a different scale.

Think of it as being the flame-red Lamborghini of your industry, rather than the soft grey Toyota Corolla.
It's not to say that you have to be rude or brash or caustic to be a great speaker. It's not to say that you should aim for shock-value at the expense of sound thought. But to be a sugary-sweet clone of everyone else, saying only things that people are comfortable hearing, will mean you will be paid like... well... everyone else.

There are at least 9 things that iconic speakers do differently:

1. Speak strong
Iconic speakers champion a strong viewpoint - sometimes even a controversial one - and represent their wave-making cause with passion. They understand that their role is not to chair a balanced, academic debate, but rather to start mental fires in favour of strong ideas.

2. Practice extra-scenario thinking
Iconic speakers tap deeply into the imagination and vividly display 'what could be.' They make potential futures come alive so that their audiences can just about taste tomorrow. They aren't limited to speaking on operational 'how-to,' but venture beyond into 'what more could be if we only had the courage... !' This makes them true thought leaders.

3. Own a Framework
A framework is simply your unique way of organizing and presenting your body of knowledge. For Robert Kiyosaki, it's the 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' construct. Do you have a central metaphor, a memorable analogy or a unique angle that anchors your ideas; a way of looking at things for which you're known? Frameworks can set speakers apart and make them iconic.

4. Constantly Produce
Their readers, fans and followers are still thinking about that great speaker's last game-changing idea. But the speaker is already launching the next one. Iconic speakers have their interior attic lights switched on and are always thinking, always innovating, always producing new thought.

5. Please the buyer, not the audience
Iconic speakers don't prioritize standing ovations. Oh, they may get them. But they understand that their primary focus lies in assisting the person who booked them to challenge and change the thought processes of a group, not to get hung up on the approval of the group. They meet the real goals; the adoration of the crowd is secondary. This takes real courage.

6. Price themselves right
... Which doesn't mean being cheap. Quite the contrary, iconic speakers are generally priced at the top-end of the continuum. Their uniqueness means that they are not an interchangeable commodity - 'Oh, just get another speaker who does what he does' - and for that reason, they are perceived as valuable.

7. Use strong visual iconography - or none at all
Slabs of text on a slide do not just disqualify a speaker from iconic status. They disqualify a speaker from entry-level status. There is no excuse for low-impact visuals or reams of text in the world of paid speaking. Iconic speakers find ways to make their visual aids and visual representations of ideas so powerful as to be unforgettable. Some don't even use slides, and are actually the better for it.

8. Something spectacular
These days, great speaking must come across as sincere and authentic. The key word is 'real.' But 60 minutes of sincere and authentic, with absolutely no theatricality, makes for a very bland keynote. Iconic speakers bring peaks and troughs to their rhythm. They have vignettes that are so spectacular, so funny, so moving, so memorable, that they are often booked again on the strength of someone saying, 'Come and tell that story to my group!'

9. Have a certain 'be like me' quality
The nice uncle approach may be inoffensive. It may be perfectly safe. But it isn't aspirational. Its great weakness is that it doesn't make audiences want to be like you. And yes, in our industry, that matters. Are you iconic? Do you portray a desirable final outcome? Would I want to be like you if I saw you on stage? If the answer is no, there is virtually no chance that you will become an iconic speaker. Why would any audience become devout followers of someone they wouldn't fundamentally like to be?

It takes great self-belief, true originality, and significant forged-in-the-fire willpower to become an iconic speaker. And no, it doesn't mean you can't be nice. It doesn't mean you can't be friendly or accessible. It only means that sweetness alone does not meet the criteria required for you to reach the next level.
There is something a little bolder than the 'nice aunt' construct at the forefront of the pack. Are you desperate to fit in? Hung up on social approval? Or are you strong enough to stand out?

Watch a 45 minute keynote on 'How to Become an Iconic Speaker':
Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and author who encourages people to think. He speaks on Expert Positioning and the misunderstood link between work and wealth. He is a 5x winner of the SA Championships for Public Speaking and the author of three books. See him in action or read more of his articles at Email him at Follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter: @douglaskruger.

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5 Top Causes of Fear of Public Speaking

5 Top Causes of Fear of Public Speaking
5 Top Causes of Fear of Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking is a phobia that affects millions of people throughout the world, from children to the elderly. It is called Glossophobia from the Greek; glosso meaning tongue and phobia meaning fear. It is an intense anxiety disorder that affects more people than any other. It has been said that people with a public speaking phobia fear this phobia more than they fear death. The fear is irrational and can hinder a person's ability to speak comfortably in public, whether in a classroom, in the workplace or in any public situation. It can be extremely crippling and can prevent one from taking advantage of opportunities that arise in life due to the inability to converse publicly. Here are the symptoms of a public speaking phobia and its five top causes.
Symptoms of a public speaking phobia
The intense fear present in a phobia is always out of proportion to the potential danger. But to the person with the fear, the danger is real. The following are reactions that a person with a public speaking phobia exhibits.
1. Intense anxiety- at the speaking engagement, or even at the thought of the engagement.
2. Avoidance of the speaking event- the person will always try to avoid speaking whether by canceling the presentation, feigning illness, or finding a substitute speaker.
3. Physical distress-resulting from activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the "fight or flight" response, a built in protective mechanism that the brain uses to enable a person to escape a dangerous situation. Distress symptoms include: • Nausea • Diarrhea • Panic o Increased heart rate o Increased blood o Dilated pupils o Increased perspiration o Dry mouth o Stiff muscles • Insomnia • Trembling
Top 5 causes of a public speaking phobia
The causes are many, but they can be different for each individual. Here are the top 5 on the list.
1. Negative thinking -Negative thinking is common in those with anxiety disorders and actually helps fuel the anxiety, causing it to flare up in an acute attack of anxiety. If you believe that you are going to fail, you will unconsciously sabotage every opportunity to succeed. The way you think determines whether the results are positive and beneficial or negative and harmful.
2. Fear of acute embarrassment -The fear of making a complete fool of ourselves in front of friends, work colleagues and people that matter in our life. For some, there are unfortunately powerful emotional memories of an embarrassing situation that happened in the past. These anchored memories are then dramatically recalled and reinforced every time the thought of public speaking arises.
3. Insecurity and low self-esteem-a person may feel that he is unworthy to have the opportunity to present information as a public speaker. He may lack confidence and feel that he will never know enough or be as good a speaker as those he deems are "good". The person may, thus, doubt his ability or knowledge of the material.
4. Perfectionism- a person may have very high standards for himself, which create pressure and a heightened fear of failure. The fears of many people are founded in the belief that they are responsible for always creating an extremely positive impression, and if they do not create this impression they will create a disaster. There is no middle ground.
5. Lack of Preparation- a person may be uncomfortable with the material that he will present due to a lack of preparation. This will lead to a fear of being asked questions that he cannot answer, or a fear that he will say something
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Are You Feeling Disconnected to Your Listeners?

Are You Feeling Disconnected to Your Listeners?
Are You Feeling Disconnected to Your Listeners?

Feeling disconnected to your listeners can come from anywhere without any warning? Perhaps it happened as you spoke to a friend or colleague; or at a networking event; or during one of your presentations before a group of people. It's that sense that you feel when the people who you are speaking to respond with blank, confused, or distracted looks, and you gulp deep within yourself thinking, I'm not connecting with them.
Here are three strategies that can help you resonate with your listeners:

  1. Knowing WHO you are speaking will affect how to deliver your speech. If it's a friend or a colleague; then you need to be relaxed, and ask about your friend's situation. Your goal is to be a great listener, commit to understanding the situation, and then to offering your opinion or support without rambling on. Similarly, with a formal presentation listen before you agree to speak. Find out who will be in your audience in terms of age, interests, status, gender, and goals to discover their challenges.

  2. Finding out WHAT the ultimate key item is that your listeners would love to takeaway from your presentation is the core that will hook their attention. It's about them more than it is about you. This will help you create your content that is relevant to their needs. Use real life or work examples that they will understand easily.

  3. Designing HOW you say or deliver your speech so that you have dynamic connection is really the best solution to avoid disconnection from your listeners. Rehearse your group presentations. Prepare your voice physically with a warm-up that boosts your vocal tone and articulation. Be energetic in your deliver style to know when to pause, when to be passionate, when to be funny, and when to be serious. Create your presence with your whole body, voice and mental image that is directed to helping your listeners in a way that inspires them to move forward. Speak to all as if you are speaking to one.This is what will take you from disconnect to listeners understanding and plugging into taking action. If you need guidance with any one of these three key elements, ask for help from a speech or presentation coach who is versed in how to say your words, fix your tone, and relate to your audience so you will connect with them.

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Passionate Speaking the Foundation of Effective Communications

Passionate Speaking the Foundation of Effective Communications
Passionate Speaking the Foundation of Effective Communications

How does knowing what you are passionate about lead to a more successful career, a more successful life? Passion is the most compelling part of our emotional makeup and in many ways, defines who we are. Passion is the foundation from which we operate and communicate.

People respond to passionate expression. Passion is one of the most powerful ways to express our life force and has the capacity to profoundly influence and affect others as well as shape our own destiny. When intimately in touch with our passion and skilled at expressing it, people perceive us as more colorful and alive. It is as if we have discovered our own personal, internal paint box and know how to paint with any vibrant color we want, at any time.

Passion is an essential element of our life force and is intrinsic to our human nature. Unfortunately, most of us are going too fast and experiencing too much stress with work, family, and life in general to take stock of what makes up our passionate nature. We take our life force for granted, barely aware of its potential strength and power.

If your foundation isn't strong and filled with a variety of passions - or even just a few that run very deep - then your communications will lack strength and variety. The solution is literally right in front of you at each moment of every day. You simply need to start noticing, welcoming, and examining every aspect of your daily life that makes you feel something and causes an emotional response. By incorporating these passions into your daily life, you will start to build a solid foundation from which to communicate all kinds of effective communications.

People will respond to your passion - and to you!
Let's try a little exercise. Can you write down 10 things you are passionate about in 10 minutes? Most people only get to about five things and get stuck. I don't think it is because they don't have the answers. They simply don't take the time to truly absorb and appreciate the things in life that really move them. They may not even recognize the innate value of their life experience and its connection to passion.
When you are in your passion, you are connected to all of your senses.

  • You feel self-confident
  • You quit doubting yourself
  • You naturally release your true feelings, emotions and expressions This connection with passion is the first step toward meaningful expression and successful interaction.

Information about the world comes to us through our senses. Since it is these same five senses that stimulate our responses to life, we need to expand our knowledge of them, measure how they affect us and begin to give rise to our emotions, improving our ability to communicate.
Passionate speaking is what an audience pays to hear, and speaking passionately is one sure way to become a sought after public speaker.

To get started recognizing and using your five senses more effectively, practice expanding your focus on each sense. Over the next week try to find 5 to 10 new passions for each sense, using the following guidelines:

SIGHT - What do you see or what have you seen that you are passionate about? It could be anything! Example: Yosemite, the face of your child, even a rosebud.
SMELL - What have you smelled that you are passionate about? Example: The fragrance of Night Jasmine. Rain on cement after a long drought.
TASTE - What have you tasted lately that you are passionate about? Example: Hagen Dazs coffee ice cream or spaghetti with basil, tomato, garlic, and lots of Parmesan cheese.
SOUND - What sounds have you heard that fill you with passion? Example: Your granddaughter's voice, Samba music, water spilling over rocks in a creek.
TOUCH - What have you touched that you feel passionately about? Example: A cold mountain stream, a German Shepherd puppy's face.

Become aware of the sensory experiences in your life and how they arouse your emotions. They occur in every waking moment - you just need to bring your awareness to them to know the richness around and within you.

Passionate speaking results when you are talking about that about which you are passionate - but it also involves communicating why you have the passion, what causes or stirs up that passion, and what you do with that passion - how you use that passion to your advantage. This type of passionate speaking is effective in giving audiences, large or small, something to be passionate about, as well. Successful results for all involved!

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Social Anxiety Treatment - Child Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Treatment
Social Anxiety Treatment

Social anxiety treatment usually begins in adolescence. According to Montgomery (1995), approximately 40 % of social phobias begin before age 10 and about 95 % before the age of 20. The early onset of social anxiety treatment can have serious consequences for the social and academic development of the child.

If left untreated, social anxiety treatment can lead to an increased risk of alcoholism, drug addiction, the development of other psychological problems and even suicide. Therefore, it is important not anxiety telling a child that will grow out of your shyness/excessive self-consciousness that many will not be without (1) appropriate assistance others, such as parents, other family members and teachers, and (2) treatment by a mental health professional .
How I can know if my child has social anxiety treatment?

It is a sign that the child has social anxiety treatment. However, the most common symptoms of excessive shyness are:

-crying, tantrums, clinging and freezing
-eye contact
-speaking very slowly and/or say little or nothing when at school
-frequent requests of the disease in order to avoid going to school
-refusing to go to school (According to Montgomery (1995) on four of the 10 children with -    social anxiety treatment refuse to go to school due to anxiety)
-feel a deep anxiety about exams
-that appears very anxious when the spotlight
-reluctance to participate in class activities, such as: Show & Tell, discussions, reading aloud,  raising his hand to answer questions and
-spend too much time on computer games
-always alone in the playground , floating on the edge of the groups, not unite, they have no friends or a friend or two
-spend a lot of time alone in his room (and Welowitz Schneier (1996)

If your child shows any of these symptoms. This does not prove that they have social anxiety treatment. For example, a child may refuse to go to school because he is haunted by a teacher.
If you are concerned about your child's behavior shows that you must specify whether they are indicative of social anxiety treatment or something else.

It may simply be that they are victims of a teacher, but on the other hand, their behavior may reflect the presence of a recognized psychological condition. According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), other diagnoses such as separation anxiety disorder, generalized social anxiety treatment, pervasive developmental disorder or schizoid personality disorder may need to be excluded.

Therefore, if you have concerns about your child, you should seek help from a mental health professional who specializes in children, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist.

How To Be An Interesting Speaker!

How To Be An Interesting Speaker!
How To Be An Interesting Speaker!

I was once coaching a senior Occupation Health and Safety expert on how to be more interesting when presenting her ideas to groups of people.
"I seem to struggle terribly" she told me. "I stand there on stage, and they all sit there in their own little worlds with none of us coming anywhere near connecting with each other." She looked defeated. "I just want to get it over and done with and can't wait to sit down."
A few discerning questions helped me discover what the real problem was. She'd fallen for the trap of focussing solely on the corporate-type structure of dry bullet points and listing these to her listeners, interspersed with mind-numbing passages of stuff she'd read out. Little wonder her audience was turned off and going to sleep! We soon remedied the situation in a permanent way.

I got her to reflect on her family and circle of friends then asked her: "Does any sort of mishap come to mind within these groups as a result of carelessness?" She thought for a moment then shared a remarkable story.
A friend of her daughter had quickly wiped up something she had spilt on the kitchen floor then went on preparing a bottle for her little baby she was holding in her arms. She suddenly slipped over backwards on the partially wet floor and instinctively threw out her free arm to steady herself, the other desperately holding her little one. Unfortunately her hand landed on the jagged edge of an open cat-food tin and cut through all the tendons in the palm of her hand. She was rushed to hospital and spent many weeks undergoing remedial surgery in an attempt to regain full use of her damaged hand.

When my client had finished sharing this story of just how fast our lives can be changed by rushed carelessness, other examples from her lengthy experience as a senior OHS inspector and State Prosecutor flooded into her mind. Like the time a lady said her customary goodbyes to her electrician husband as he rushed off to work while she bundled the kids into the car for school. She never saw him again.
A routine task of screwing a plastic fuse box onto a wall caused his death when his drill hit a live wire where it wasn't supposed to be. What's more he'd just swapped his rubber-soled boots for a pair of ordinary leather shoes because they were full of water. As a result he was no longer properly insulated and the current went right through him.

This tragedy could have been avoided by tracing the wire from its source and making sure all was safe - and waiting for his boots to dry before drilling into the wall.
It's compelling examples like these in your presentations - and only compelling examples like these - that stick in people's minds and make them think twice!

The key thing to remember here is, bullet points are good at getting factual information across but no good at conveying complex ideas like those embodied in the above stories. So breathe life into sterile, stand-alone statements and bullet points with vivid, illustrative examples your listeners will find hard to forget!
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Public Speaking Jokes - Great Public Speaking

Public Speaking Jokes

Public Speaking Jokes

Use public speaking jokes or stories in a speech can be an effective way to connect with an audience and get your presentation to a good start with a positive momentum.

You'll have problems, however, if you do not, AOT structure of the public speaking jokes or story properly and don , AOT be repeated enough. The result is that you begin your speech with a failure of a public speaking jokes or story. Then spend the rest of the word to fight to regain his audience instead of a wave of approval from the audience.

The ideal is to tell stories that are unique to their experience, those who came to you personally. The reason it works so well is that it rings true . History repeats itself with conviction because you were there and the public speaking jokes audience can feel the sincerity and authenticity of his voice and delivery.

No, the real stories AM unfortunate as often left staring and speaker saying, "Well, I guess you had to be there."

The fact is that if a story is true or not, must be structured to provoke laughter correctly. Many times a speaker is telling a story whose humor is based on certain qualities of the characters in the story that the public does not know.

If you tell a public speaking jokes to speak in public or a story based on the fact that his cousin is afraid of water, and the public does not know that his cousin, or the information is relevant , the story will die. And very often , this is the kind of public history happen.

The inverse problem is when speakers use public speaking jokes to speak in public or known stories , but do not change enough to adapt their situation .

They begin a speech saying: "Before you start let me tell you the story of the nun and the monkey " and telling a public speaking jokes standard is vaguely related to your speech. You can see the ' Äúeye rolls, the African Union in the room.

A better strategy is to find a story that suits you enough, then change, as if what really happened to you public speaking jokes.

Public Speaking Merit Badge

Public Speaking Merit Badge

Explain what public health. How Escherichia coli public speaking merit badge (E.coli) , tetanus , AIDS , encephalitis , salmonella and Lyme disease are contracted . Then choose four of the following diseases and explain how each is : gonorrhea, West Nile virus , botulism , influenza , syphilis , hepatitis , emphysema , meningitis , herpes , poisoning lead. For all 10 diseases , explain the type or form of the disease ( viral bacterial toxins , environmental) , all possible vectors of transmission , ways to help prevent the spread of infection and treatments available.
Proceed as follows: public speaking merit badge

Explain the significance of vaccination public speaking merit badge.

Name five diseases against which a child should be vaccinated against both diseases , and that everyone should be vaccinated again periodically.
Use the diseases chosen for requirement 1 , discuss the diseases for which there is currently no treatment or vaccine public speaking merit badge.

Discuss the importance of drinking water in terms of spreading the disease . Then demonstrate two ways to ensure the safety of drinking water that can be used during camp. In his demonstration , explain how they should be washed, dried and preserved foods at home and in the field of dishes and utensils public speaking merit badge.

Explain what a vector is and how insects and rodents can be controlled at home, in your community, and the camp . Tell us why this is important. In your discussion, explain that the vectors can be easily controlled by individuals and those requiring long-term collective action .
With your parent's and counselor's approval , do one of the following options: public speaking merit badge

Visit a water treatment plant, municipal waste or operation of solid waste management in the community. Describe how the system processes and provides sewage or solid waste safely. Describe how wastewater and solid waste must be disposed of as camping public speaking merit badge.

Arrange to meet the catering manager of a food service establishment (eg , a restaurant or school cafeteria ) and visit this establishment public speaking merit badge. Observe the preparation, handling and storage , and learn how the facility keeps food contamination. Find out the conditions that allow microorganisms to multiply in food and how the conditions can be controlled to prevent the growth and spread of microorganisms. Learn how you can kill microorganisms in food. Talk about what you have learned with your counselor.

Proceed as follows: public speaking merit badge

Describe the health hazards of air, water and noise pollution public speaking merit badge.
Describe the health hazards of snuff consumption of alcohol and drugs.
With your parent's and counselor's approval , visit your city, county or state public health agency . Discuss how the body responds to concerns raised by the requirements of 1-6 and how the services provided by this agency affect your family . Then follow these steps : public speaking merit badge

Compare the four leading causes of mortality ( death) in your community for any of the past five years with the four leading causes of morbidity (incidence of disease) in your community. Explain how public health agency that has visited the attempts to reduce the mortality and morbidity of the leading causes of illness and death public speaking merit badge.

Explain the role of the health agency that visited linked to the onset of the disease public speaking merit badge.
Discuss the types of public assistance of the Agency is able to provide, in case of disasters, such as floods , storms , tornadoes , earthquakes , and other acts of destruction. Your discussion may include cleaning required after a disaster occurs public speaking merit badge.

Choosing a profession in the field of public health interest . Discover education, training and experience necessary to work in this profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor public speaking merit badge.

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness is not only possible , it is natural . With negative conditioning about how there's nothing stopping you from being spontaneous trust that what used to be a little anxious or insecure . Download the full program of 10 steps and put in the way of social trust today.

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness is natural. Humans are social creatures , after all. Paradoxically , anxiety most people feel , at least to some extent, in social situations , it is also very natural. Our neighbors are an important source of support and a perceived threat to us. If the media can also be removed.

To overcome social anxiety is to recycle our instincts to embrace this development "dilemma" . Social trust is a natural result overcoming social anxiety and shyness.

The Silent Partner overcoming social anxiety and shyness

Social anxiety is not an all or nothing phenomenon . Almost everyone knows a degree of excitement or anxiety when it comes to social situations or events. We feel some butterflies in the stomach or have developed a full-blown social phobia - overcoming social anxiety and shyness is largely a matter of degree .

If you are attracted by the idea of ​​overcoming overcoming social anxiety and shyness and shyness , then there are chances that some degree of overcoming social anxiety and shyness has become a limiting factor in your life. Aware of this fact very good news . Some people live their entire lives being driven by overcoming social anxiety and shyness never acknowledge is there. Awareness of a problem is already the beginning of your treatment.

See the list of overcoming social anxiety and shyness symptoms following and see how many of them are actively playing in your life. Other symptoms that can be identified with , the more you benefit from over 10 steps to overcome social anxiety and shyness is given below .

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar overcoming social anxiety and shyness ?

To overcome social anxiety , you must first know it's there . You may be aware of overcoming social anxiety and shyness in dating or may be something that affects your life more pervasive. See if you can identify with any of the following symptoms ...

After meeting with the People seldom remember much about them , conversation and / or the environment they are in overcoming social anxiety and shyness.
He is very concerned about what others might think of you.
You really do not enjoy social interactions , while at the same time you find yourself craving for them.

You tend to be too self-conscious , as the company of others.
You do not feel that you have an effective method to control the anxiety that is constantly present in socialization overcoming social anxiety and shyness.
You are rarely proactive in establishing social contact.
Meeting new people feel threatened - even though objectively , you know there is little reason to worry .

When it comes to social situations are resigned to "is just the way I am . " You do not feel that there is something you can actually do to change overcoming social anxiety and shyness.
Express your thoughts and feelings feels very risky.
The first thing that seems to go out the window in social situations is their spontaneity . You are thinking too much about death find everything overcoming social anxiety and shyness.
It is difficult or impossible to meet in social situations.
You can not remember the last time you surprised by a comment or a spontaneous gesture , in a social situation .

You're stuck in the "good people" chronic and feel bad about yourself because of it overcoming social anxiety and shyness.
You regularly looks the other way when other people come into contact with the eyes.
It's been a while since I felt truly connected to someone .
It has always been that he was inspired to call an old friend or took the initiative to revive neglected an important relationship , however. overcoming social anxiety and shyness

Do you ever feel when forced to enter new social gatherings.
It feels pessimistic or abandoned completely, the chances of constantly improving their social life .
Joy is not an emotion you want to link easily to get to know new people.
You have trouble starting conversations . When it does, their conversations rarely seem to just "flow" overcoming social anxiety and shyness.
In fact, very few people speak in the normal course of your day / life.
You make a great deal of talk .

Do you feel compelled to go with the group or automatically accept another person.
You have trouble expressing their opinions spontaneously.
Avoid talking in groups or avoid group interactions together.
You find that you are rarely open and direct with others. overcoming social anxiety and shyness
They often worry about what other people might " really means.
It feels too responsible for the feelings and emotions of others and wellness.
You will find it difficult to be very sensitive in social situations. Often found reactive instead.
Keep track of your limits in social situations.
You feel or you said are often " very nice. overcoming social anxiety and shyness"