Become the Speaker you've always wanted to be!
Presentation Skills Coach
Enhancing your current skills while removing any fear of speaking before large and small groups
Helping you create your presentation
Being your speechwriter if that’s what you need
Informing and entertaining your organization as a speaker for your next event
If you are...
Currently speaking in public
Thinking of speaking in public but procrastinating like crazy
Afraid to speak in public
Envious of people who speak confidently in public, or
Would just like a few tips on how you can speak better than they do...
Marion Claire will give you tips and techniques to become the accomplished speaker you've always longed to be.
"It's not giving the speech that terrifies me," said a colleague recently. "It's all that anxiety beforehand… those moments, days or weeks before, when I'm planning and preparing… that make me feel sick to my stomach!"
He's not the first or only speaker who suffers from knock-out nerves before giving a speech. Pre-speech anxiety comes in many forms: procrastination, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, irritability, queasiness… there are many more symptoms. They might be due to other causes, but they're very well known to many speakers, from the tentative beginner to the seasoned pro. Why does getting up in front of a bunch of strangers make us feel so scared? And what can we do to prevent it?
Barry was preparing a controversial presentation to the leaders of his country. In a nutshell, he was advocating that the country take a completely new direction with one of its policies. Though Barry had a few supporters for this daring proposition, he knew the majority regarded his views as radical and unworkable. They were not at all receptive. How could he show them that his new way was better without their jumping to angry conclusions or simply refusing to listen?
What should you do when you know your audience is hostile?
It's unfortunately true that many people feel that speaking in public is like walking barefoot on hot coals. You can actually see their discomfort. They can't stand still. They constantly shift their balance from one foot to the other and back again, like marching in place.
For others, standing in front of an audience is like facing a firing squad. They plant themselves on a spot and freeze, afraid to move an inch in any direction or they might get shot. Or they hide behind the lectern or podium, afraid to move out from behind its protective shield to get close to their listeners.