Mandy*, a bright, attractive professional woman, had a fear of speaking in front of groups. Recognizing that her feelings of vulnerability and self-consciousness were limiting her potential, she showed up for a presentation skills class filled with trepidation.

When speaking in public, it is always best to communicate a clear set of ground rules near the beginning of your public speaking engagement. For instance, if you do not want questions until the end of your program, state that up front and get agreement from the group.

Our bodies are geared to fight or flight from ancient time - fight that mastodon or get the hell out of the way. We don't have too many mastodons around these days, but the body still reacts as though we do. So, if we have to get up and speak in public, all that adrenalin and noradrenalin goes coursing through our bodies - way more than we need.

Well, it may surprise you that they’re probably thinking the same thing about you! They may also feel that you are a born speaker chock full of charisma and wit and envy you because they have an ingrained fear about speaking in public. Some people might have a special interest in public speaking,

Apart from our main course on public speaking, we have put together some articles and information that we hope will make a difference. We want to help you overcome that major fear and help you take advantage of the many opportunities, which present themselves to those who can express themselves in a confident manner.

If you perform a search on the internet for the number one fear in our society, you will find that it is that of public speaking. It may be surprising that the fear of death is actually number six. A natural conclusion from these two statistics is that for most people, if they had to go to a funeral it would be better to be in the casket than giving the eulogy.

In general, there are four types of college or university group interpretation speeches: group interpretation, duo interp, humorous and dramatic interpretation. There a some other mix forms, but these are the major group speech categories.

It's that same fear expressed by so many of us, that the real "us" is just not good enough, or that we have to fit into some mold to be accepted. What would happen if you just decided not to be like other speakers and just be "you?

“Look over the heads of the crowd to an imaginary point and speak to that.” The concept of this was that if you didn’t like public speaking, you could just speak over everyone! This doesn’t work, either. You’re better off finding a handful of friendly faces – and there are always a few – and get eye contact with them.

Master the art of telling stories. Own the stories you tell by using your real personal experience to bring life to the material you are delivering. These stories make you a real human, and animation can add color to them.

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