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by Ron Kurtus

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General Gets nervous speaking to a group USA
 
General Guest speaker for grade 4 children South Africa
 
Know Your Audience Audience analysis before presentation Ghana
 
Fear How can I stop trembling and shaking when giving a speech? USA
 
General I speak too fast to group Swaziland
 
Resources Suggested speaking resource UK
 
General Afraid to even talk to family Uganda
 
General How to register to become a certified public speaker? USA
 
General Doing a free online course in public speaking Barbados
 
General Importance of public speaking for teachers Myanmar
 

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Gets nervous speaking to a group

Topic: General

Question

November 25, 2015

I want to hone my skill in speaking to public..i get nervous when im talking to someone more on speaking to a group.

Roel - USA

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A good way to get practice from a supportive group, as well as getting helpful feedback, is by getting involved in Toastmasters. It is inexpensive and allows the practice needed to overcome the jitters. Find a club in you area: Toastmasters Clubs.

Also see: Overcome the Fear of Speaking to Groups.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in confident speaking.

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Guest speaker for grade 4 children

Topic: General

Question

October 28, 2015

i am a guest speaker at a primary school for grade R to Grade 4. i don't know how to start my speech, and how to introduce myself

Piet - South Africa

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A teacher will probably introduce you, but it doesn't hurt to repeat things by starting: "Hello. My name is Piet. Today, I'm going to talk about... (your subject). How many of your know much about (the subject)?"

Get a show of hands. You could then ask one or two students what they know about the subject. In this way, you get involvement, as well as to know their level of knowledge on the subject.

This is the opener to your speech. Then go into the subject matter.

Note that it is good to get involvement instead of simply giving a speech. Children that age can easily lose interest and get restless.

Best wishes with your speech. I an sure you will do a good job.

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Audience analysis before presentation

Topic: Know Your Audience

Question

September 18, 2015

how does audience analysis ensure effective presentation?

collins - Ghana

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The purpose and content of you presentation should be adjusted according to the interests and educational level of your audience. This is to make sure they are interested and understand what you are saying.

Although audience analysis will help your presentation, it will not ensure that it is effective. You still need to communicate your ideas and maintain their attention.

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How can I stop trembling and shaking when giving a speech?

Topic: Fear

Question

July 2, 2015

So thankful for the information how can one do away with trembling sweating shaking heavy breathing when called up to give a speech?

carol - USA

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If it is a prepared speech, you should have practiced it before friends or family several times. This should give you confidence to reduce your nervousness.

A good way to get started is to initially aim your speech at a friend in the audience. Start by looking at that person and ignoring the rest of the audience. After a few sentences, you can be relaxed enough to speak to the group in general.

Note that usually, the audience cannot tell if you are trembling or breathing heavily. Your feeling is just multiplied more that others see it.

Remember to practice, practice, practice. And best wishes for success in your public speaking.

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I speak too fast to group

Topic: General

Question

June 9, 2015

Please help,I a new to public as a student and the problem is that when I speak I just talk too fast with no confidence ,posture or fluent

mgcobela - Swaziland

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It is important to take your time when speaking to a group. Your main idea is to make sure they understand what you are saying.

Speaking too fast can make you seem anxious to finish what you want to say. But, do they understand you?

When you go up before a group, walk slowly and with good posture. This will make you look and feel confident. Make sure you have the attention of the audience and then start speaking with your introduction.

Practice acting this way with friends and family, so that it becomes ingrained.

The more you speak, the more fluent you become.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes on being successful in speaking. I know you will be doing fine.

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Suggested speaking resource

Topic: Resources

Question

May 20, 2015

Hi there,

My name is Paige and I work with Celebrity Speaker Associates (CSA), a global provider of motivational speakers.

Having just stumbled across your resources page (http://www.school-for-champions.com/speaking/resources.htm) which includes a section for speakers bureaus I wondered whether you might also consider adding us to your page?

You can learn about what we offer at:

http://www.speakers.co.uk/

Many thanks for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,
Paige

Paige - UK

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Thanks for the suggestion. I added your resource to Speaking Resources, as well as updated other resources.

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Afraid to even talk to family

Topic: General

Question

May 14, 2015

Hi
thanks for everything you have taught us about public speaking
Am amale Ugandan aged 32years of age and I have got that problem of public speaking, not only public but also talking to my own family or visitors as home, I feel much punick
I have a problem even I fear to attend churches or occasions because I feel they might choose me to speak something
I have always tried to make my self confident but all in all I have filled. It even led me to drink alcohol but the results were more worse
I thought it was because I used to musterbate but I managed to stop musterbation but still I can speak to public not even in a small staff meeting.
I really need to know what really can I do

is there any medication to help me because I have lost may opportunities because of being shy

I can't even lead my family for A night pray
please help me to know which Medication or tricks to overcomethis
I have stress

Kabuhate - Uganda

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I am sure it is very upsetting to fear speaking to others, even within your own family. Overcoming this problem will take some practice.

A first place to start is with your friends and family. Do not try to tell them anything, but instead ask what they think about some area of interest. Start with, "Let me ask you a question: What do your think about...?" or "What are you planning on doing...?" or something like that. Your idea is to start the other person talking. There is no pressure on you, and you can then add some comments. Once a conversation starts, it is easier.

As far as leading your family in a prayer goes, write down what you plan to say and then read the prayer to your family. That removes the pressure of trying to think of what to say and should also reduce any fears you may have.

Note that after both of these accomplishments, silently congratulate yourself. That builds up your confidence and esteem.

Certainly, using alcohol can simply muddle your mind when trying to speak. Masturbating does not affect your ability to speak, although feeling guilty about it can cause a person to have problems. Don't feel guilty.

Having to speak in church can be scary for anybody. Write down a short, simple prayer to read if the situation comes up. Of course, practice reading the prayer a few times before you have to use it.

Likewise, at a small staff meeting, have some notes ready to refer to. The worst thing is to be caught unprepared.

And finally, a good confidence booster in speaking to others is to greet others. At work, when you walk past someone, nod and say "Hello." Likewise at church, acknowledge and say "Hello" to others. Causing the others to respond can give you the feeling of power and confidence. It also gives others the impression that you are friendly and not so shy.

I hope these idea help and that you become a confident speaker in all occasions. I am sure you can become a champion in speaking.

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How to register to become a certified public speaker?

Topic: General

Question

March 10, 2015

How do I register to become a certified public speaker ?

Leroy - USA

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Getting involved in the National Speakers Association in your community is the best route to become a certified public speaker. The group also provides good marketing information, as well as the chance to rub shoulders with other speakers.

Check the NSA website to find a chapter in your area.

Best wishes in your public speaking.

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Doing a free online course in public speaking

Topic: General

Question

February 24, 2015

I am interesting in doing a free online course in public speaking.

juliet - Barbados

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You really can't learn to speak well through an online course. Public speaking requires practice in front of a live audience.

A good way to learn public speaking is through Toastmasters. Check the Bridgeton Barbados Toastmaster website to get some information. There is no obligation for attending a meeting to see what it is all about.

I hope that helps you.

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Importance of public speaking for teachers

Topic: General

Question

February 8, 2015

I would like to know the importance of public speaking for teachers. Please kindly answer my question. Thank you.

Hay Thi - Myanmar

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Principles of public speaking apply to teachers.

When a teacher is presenting lesson material to the students, he or she is essentially giving a lecture or speech. It is a form of public speaking, where the students are the audience.

As in any good speech, it is important the the teacher speaks clearly, so that everyone can hear and understand what is being said. Many good public speakers interact with the audience to keep them engaged. It is important for teachers to do that too, instead of just talking on and on.

A public speaker is prepared and knows what he or she plans to say. Likewise, a teacher should have a lesson plan prepared.

Best wishes in successful teaching and public speaking.

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