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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 374 comments and questions on Public Speaking issues. They are listed according to date.

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Fear I am still afraid to talk to people Afghanistan
General Wants information on public speaking USA
General Need help in starting speaking school Zambia
General Wants to start public speaking school in Zambia Zambia
General Want to learn more about speaking USA
Fear Has to swallow in middle of talk USA
Fear Was bullied when speaking in high school Nigeria
Resources Added links UK
General I want to improve my public speaking India
General Want to be in speaking course India

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I am still afraid to talk to people

Topic: Fear


February 1, 2015

i do these all practices but not overcome my problem and still feel afraid when talk to people i don't know how to solve my problem i am a creative boy and i want to achieve my goals but this problem keep me away from my goals and it makes me so depressed.i am also so shy how to overcome this problem.i will be very thankful for your cooperation

NAJEEB ULLAH - Afghanistan



When speaking before a group with a prepared speech, practicing it many times in front of friends is a usual way to overcome fears.

However, there are many people who are shy and have fears about talking to others in a group or even to individuals. A big reason is that they don't know what to say or have problems expressing themselves.

In such a case, it is good to show interest in the other person and try to get him or her to talk. Other people like to talk about themselves, and this will take the pressure off of you. For example, in school you might ask the other person if he had trouble with the homework. Or at work, ask about what the person is working on. Or other times, you could ask for an opinion about a sporting event.

Once you are able to get the other person talking, your fears are reduces and you are much better able converse.

Likewise, a good opening for giving a speech is to ask the audience a good question, such as: "How many of you are interested in...?" Let them raise their hands. It also relaxes you.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in overcoming fears and in becoming a success. I know you have it in you.

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Wants information on public speaking

Topic: General


January 11, 2015

I want to get more information on public spending and how I can a student. I live in Stone Mountain Ga.

Kenneth - USA



See Public Speaking to get basic lessons.

It is worthwhile attending Toastmasters meetings to learn and practice. See Clubs near Stone Mountain, GA for more information.

Best wishes in your public speaking.

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Need help in starting speaking school

Topic: General


November 22, 2014

Kindly note that I have just checked the site for Zambia Toastmasters Club. I am sorry it cant meet our needs.Your School of Champions, route could be the best for us. Please see how you assist.

Emmanuel - Zambia



The School for Champions website gives some basic information on improving in public speaking. However, in order to improve people need to practice their speaking in front of live audiences.

f you want to start up a public speaking school, I do recommend looking into Toastmasters. If you look through the Zambia Toastmaster website, you will find free resources on public speaking, including online versions of the Toastmaster Magazine. Also, Toastmasters International has material that show how to start a club or school

It is worthwhile to research before organizing your public speaking school. Best wishes with your efforts.

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Wants to start public speaking school in Zambia

Topic: General


November 7, 2014





A good route to take is to check with the Zambia Toastmasters Club. They have programs to start up Toastmasters clubs and public speaking schools.

Contact them to find a club in your location. Then attend some meetings to see how things are run. It should be informative to you.

Best wishes on establishing your public speaking school.

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Want to learn more about speaking

Topic: General


October 15, 2014

I want to learn more about public speaking

Elvira - USA



You can look over our lessons. Also, a good place to start is through Toastmasters and by attending some local Toastmasters Club meetings. They provide a chance to learn speaking and to practice it.

Find a club in your area.

Best wishes in your public speaking.

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Has to swallow in middle of talk

Topic: Fear


August 19, 2014

I have been doing readings in my church once a week for almost 2 years. I have overcome the initial fear of standing at the altar in front of the congregation, I prepare my readings all week and I know it almost by heart, the only problem I have is my saliva, I get the need to swallow in the middle of a sentence than would interrupt the intonation I want to project. If I force myself to continue without swallowing my voice sounds like I am about to cry.
I do not feel nervous or anxious anymore but this problem is causing me a problem.
My question: What to do to control the saliva.
thanks so much,

Sefora - USA



I used to have the same problem when I was in school and had to get up in front of the class. I know that it can be disruptive. With more confidence, I overcame the problem.

Do you practice the reading in front of someone, such as a family member or friend? You probably wouldn't have the problem then, and it might help during your "official" reading.

Another thing you might try is to have a glass of water available by the altar. Pause to take a sip at certain points in your reading. This may even add a dramatic effect to the talk.

You might ask your minister if he or she ever has the problem with having to swallow, in order to get some advice on the matter.

Best wishes on giving some great readings to your congregation.

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Was bullied when speaking in high school

Topic: Fear


May 6, 2014

i need a school or conference where the fear of speaking in public can be tackeled. my fear has to do with pycology, i was bulled while speaking in public in high school, since then, i believe that will happene again if i speak. i need expert that can work on me. pls where do i get that.

kemi - Nigeria



Some high school students think it is funny to bully or heckle a fellow student during a speech. But note that such things very seldom happen to adults, especially in business situations.

But still, you need to be prepared such that you are confident in your speech. This means you should practice before others before giving the speech to the public. You might even have some friend make comments to practice ignoring them when speaking.

A good place to practice speaking and learn good speaking skills is through the Toastmasters Club. Here is a listing of TM Clubs in Nigeria. Hopefully, you will find one in your area. There is no obligation to visit a meeting.

Best wishes on overcoming your fears and doing a good job in your public speaking. I know that you have it in you to succeed.

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Added links

Topic: Resources


April 15, 2014


I am writing from the leading Mind Mapping Software Developer, MindGenius.

I was going through your site School for Champions and I noticed you recommend mind mapping tools to your audience on the following page,

I am just enquiring as to whether you would be interested in adding MindGenius to your list of resources?

MindGenius is used extensively for preparing for speeches and presentations and comes with its own presentation view to help both create a speech and help present.

Would you also wish to receive a free licence of our most recent Version 5 of our mind mapping software. Let me know if you are interested and I would be happy to send you more details along with a free licence.

Thank you for your time.

Best Regards,


Simon - UK



I added a link to MindGenius in the Speaking Resources, Writing Resources, and Graphical Outlining pages.

It would be great if you sent me a free licence of the software.

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I want to improve my public speaking

Topic: General


April 3, 2014

improve public speaking

satarupa - India



Go through our lessons at Succeed in Public Speaking to get tips on improving your speaking skills.

Preparation and practice are very important. If you can join a speaking group or take a class on public speaking, it will help, because you get practice speaking in front of a group.

Best wishes for success in public speaking.

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Want to be in speaking course

Topic: General


November 24, 2013

I am Nikita.i am living in India I am 23year old girl may I appear for public speaking course at your school.i am a good speaker I want to get guidance for it.

nikita - India



It is good that you want to improve your public speaking skills. Feel free to read our lessons. However, the best way to learn is to practice in front of a live audience, so you can get feedback,

I suggest that you look into Toastmasters. Look at the listing of clubs in India to find one nearby. There is no obligation to attend some meetings to see what it is like.

Best wishes on improving your speaking skills.

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