Public speaking

  1. I have done a lot of public speaking. I found that reading a speech did not go well for me. Just having a few notes and being myself and speaking off the cuff worked best. You get a shot of adrenaline when you are up there and your brain works well. The time I had a hangover does not count, never again will I try that.

  2. Yeah, definitely find that works for me. Had a lecturer who had us do a presentation without any notes (I just drew a smiley face on a post-it) & that's how I've done it ever since... waaaayyyy easier. I'll go through alone a few times though no memorisation per se.

  3. I always make sure to make eye contact with the person speaking, even in public situations like this. I nod and act the way they encourage (laugh at jokes, wow with something interesting). Every single time they look at me, I see their confidence boost just a bit more, and it fills me satisfaction and joy, knowing that even though I don’t remember a single fucking thing they said, they felt heard. I’ve actually had speakers approach me afterward and thank me too, especially the ones who are having the hardest time (socially anxious ones).

  4. YES, thank you. The worst feeling ever is so I g public speaking and feeling like nobody in the audience is listening. I get such a confidence boost from audience interaction and try to plan it into my presentations… but if nobody reacts its awful.

  5. I am lmao!!!!! Everyone of those is Soooo true! I was a buyer for a large department store and had to often give speeches.No problem talking to 500 store employees. But when I had to present a product to the CEO, General Merch Mgr. And several other top top executives, I thought I would pass out. I didnt sleep for days. My hands were shaking, I was sweating, and my mouth was dry. I didn't think I could get the first word out. Anyway, bravo 👏 . That is THE BEST!!!!!!

  6. I love charts like this cuz they make me feel special. I have self-confidence you could bend iron around. If I were plucked from where I am right now, dumped in front of a crowd of hundreds and told to "talk" it would basically be my nirvana.

  7. I do quite a bit of it, but still get nervous because I care about doing it well. Although as I lead up to it, I tell myself none of it matters.

  8. As someone who does public speaking for a living, here’s some advice: try to find a sweet spot between unprepared and over prepared. Write out a simple outline with your main points, including examples or stories that back them up. Don’t write it word for word. Practice it a bunch, first reading from your outline and then not. Don’t try to memorize every word or do it the exact same each time, cause if you forget one part you’ll get stuck. Memorize your main bullet points so you can move on to the next if need be. Another big thing: slow down. When giving a speech, it’s ok to talk more slowly than during casual conversation. This gives your brain time to keep up with your mouth, and allows your audience to process what you said. It might feel slow or awkward to you, but from the audience perspective it’s not, unless it’s extremely slow. Pauses and moments of silence might seem scary, like you need to fill them, but really they can be used to drive a point home, or to regain an audiences attention. Varying your pace and tone keeps things from getting boring. Another tip: if possible, make it interactive. Ask the audience questions. Have them raise their hand to vote on things. Ask them to make connections between what you’re saying and their everyday lives, to make it relevant. Things like, “think about a time you felt ___” or “if you’re like me, you’ve been in ___ situation.” Like most things, the amount of thought and preparation you’ve put in will shine through.

  9. Absolutely hate public speaking, but one thing that has always lightened the mood immediately is starting your speech with a joke about how uncomfortable the position is. If you can get the crowd to feel empathy for your position off the bat (and most will as who likes public speaking) it will drop your nerves tremendously and start on a not so serious note.

  10. It needs a line for remembering important information you want to share. The line is low until an hour after you are done speaking, when it jumps to max as you remember all the great points you wanted to cover but didn't.

  11. One thing that also helps: don't look at anyone. Unfocus your gaze, and just periodically turn your head back-and-forth across the room.

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