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Fearless Presentations

Want to eliminate public speaking fear and become a more poised and confident presenter and speaker? Fearless Presentations is the answer. This podcast is based on our famous two-day presentation skills class offered in cities all over the world. Each week, we offer free public speaking tips that help you develop the skill to present with poise when you deliver presentations. This is the fastest, easiest way to eliminate public speaking fear.

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How to Overcome Glossophobia (An Irrational Fear of Public Speaking)

Want to know how to overcome glossophobia? Does stage fright sometimes make you pass up opportunities in your career? Do you feel like you have an irrational fear of public speaking? You are not alone! Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking is very common. After being in the presentation skill industry for decades, now, though, I've come to realize that the statistics about this fear are really confusing. I've seen public speaking fear statistics as low as 7% of the population and as high as 95%. What I have come to realize is that the statistics really depend on the definition of Glossophobia that you are using.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-overcome-glossophobia-an-irrational-fear-of-public-speaking/


17 Jun 2019

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101 Public Speaking Tips – Part 1 Reduce Nervousness and Add Energy

In honor of our 101st episode, we have decided to violate a few public speaking rules and cover 101 Public Speaking Tips. This is part one of a five-part episode where we give 101 public speaking tips. Each of the five episodes is divided into sections. In part one, we cover four ways to create a great presentation outline. In addition, this episode has nine ways to reduce public speaking nervousness. We end with a number of ways to increase enthusiasm and energy.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/101-public-speaking-tips/


21 Oct 2019

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7 Qualities of a Good Public Speaker that Every Presenter Should Know (And Emulate)

What are the most important qualities of a good public speaker? What makes a great presenter? What are the qualities that allow one orator to get up in front of an audience and memorize the crowd while another fails? Well, science may offer the answer to these questions. When I first started teaching the Fearless Presentations® classes, I did so because I knew from my own experience that the more self-confident a presenter appears to an audience, the more respect that the audience will have for that presenter. In addition, chapter one of my first book was about enthusiasm, because I knew that out of all of the characteristics of a good speaker, enthusiasm was the absolute, most important. Over the years, though, our instructors have worked with over 20,000 presenters. Some had a natural presence in front of groups. Others, however, had to develop a public speaking skill in order to be perceived as being a great public speaker. Below are the seven qualities of a good public speaker that we have identified as the most important. In addition to our observations as public speaking coaches, we have also added the scientific proof that we also uncovered along the way.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/7-qualities-of-a-good-public-speaker-that-every-presenter-should-know-and-emulate/


18 Mar 2019

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Why Do I Still Get Nervous When I Speak in Public?

I was teaching a presentation skills class in Houston this week, and I had two separate participants pull me aside at two separate breaks and ask the same exact question... "Why do I still get nervous when I speak in public?" This question is very common (both during a presentation class, and sometimes, even afterward). When you understand the answer to this question, though, you have a much better chance of eliminating your public speaking fear for good. The answer has three parts.First, many of the things that we do to reduce public speaking nervousness will actually cause the nervousness. Second, fear, of any kind, can be conquered if you both reduce the risk of failure and have a series of successes in a short period of time. Finally, the way that the Fearless Presentations® class works is that, as we cover new stages of delivering presentations, the stages get more complicated. So, the process is designed to make participants continually experience higher levels of nervousness but also allows them to experience success at each stage. Let's cover each of these three areas in a little more detail.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/why-do-i-still-get-nervous-when-i-speak-in-public/


11 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Impromptu Speaking and How to Speak Confidently Off the Cuff

Impromptu speaking or speaking off the cuff is one of the most challenging types of presentations for most speakers. This episode gives a number of tips that you can use when speaking on an impromptu basis that will help you clarify your thoughts and persuade your audience.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/podcast-14-impromptu-speaking-and-how-speak-confidently-off-cuff


20 Sep 2017

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How To Introduce Yourself Before any Presentation

One of the more challenging parts of any presentation is the very first part. If you are wondering how to introduce yourself before starting your presentation, you are in good company. For most of us, once we get the first few sentences out, our nervousness will diminish pretty significantly. So, this initial self-introduction is really important. If we struggle here, our nervousness will increase. In addition, the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is very true.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-introduce-yourself-before-starting-any-presentation/


14 Jan 2019

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Stage Fight-How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face with Cody Smith

In the podcast this week, I interview Cody Smith who is the author of the book Stage Fight — How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face. It is a hilarious interview where Cody tells about all of the trials and tribulations that he experienced trying to overcome public speaking fear. Have fun listening to and learning from Cody Smith.Cody Smith is a young entrepreneur who realized very early in his academic career that public speaking fear has the ability to hold people back. His new book, Stage Fight, How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face is a very funny and informative outline of all of the steps that Cody took to eliminate his nervousness.Early in the conversation, I asked Cody about his background, and he surprisingly told me that he didn’t write the book to become a professional speaker. Instead, he wrote it because he noticed that a number of his colleagues, who were technically exceptional in their jobs, were getting passed over for promotion by less technical people who could present well. He wrote the book as a way to pass along the tips that he uncovered in his journey to confidence so that other people his age could benefit as well.Public Speaking Failure is Just an Opportunity to Grow and LearnCody spent a lot of time telling us how when he was a nervous speaker, he saw himself as a victim. It wasn’t his fault he was nervous. The fault was someone else’s. So the first step that he had to take in eliminating the nervousness was to stop hiding behind the “victim shield”. He started to look back on those “failures” to see what he could of done to eliminate the bad results. Once he started to see his past failures as opportunities for improvement, he grew much more quickly.How Long Does It Take to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear?After Cody changed his mental state, he needed practice. So, he set out to speak at least one time per week for 90 days. He said that it worked like a charm. By the end of his 90th day, his confidence was soaring. However, he mentioned that if you follow the step-by-step plan in his book, you can cut that time to just 30 days. He mentioned that unlike what he did, when he coaches people now, he has them practice that presentation each week with a couple of peers. In addition, he also has them go speak on an impromptu basis at least once per week. This increased practice speeds up the process dramatically.To download Cody’s book on Kindle, just click this link: Stage Fight Kindle Version.


5 Mar 2018

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Top Five (5) Biggest Myths about Public Speaking Fear and Stage Fright

It's time to set the record straight. ANYONE can be a fantastic, world-class speaker with a little bit of training, a little bit of coaching, and a little bit of practice. It doesn't take years of study and practice, and it doesn't take thousands of dollars of investment. One of the hardest things to get across to new presenters is the immutable fact that just about everything that you have ever learned about public speaking and creating good business presentations is flat out WRONG! The following are some of the biggest myths about stage fright and public speaking training. For Podcast notes, visit https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/30


1 Apr 2018

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Eliminate Public Speaking Fear in 3 Easy Steps

When folks ask me what I do for a living, I answer, “I help people eliminate public speaking fear.” It is always fun to watch the looks on their faces when they process what I said. Inevitably, I will typically get a response like, “You do what?” or “How do you do that?” The process is really simple. In fact, anyone can reduce public speaking fear if they follow this process. Over the last 20 years, our great public speaking class instructors have perfected this three-step process. It works every-single-time!By the way, if you want details about the technical process that we use to reduce public speaking fear, click here.In this session, we explain this simple process.Identify Where the Public Speaking Fear is Coming From. If you know where the fear is coming from, you can mitigate the chances of it appearing.Minimize the Risk of Failure.. Once you know where the fear comes from, look for ways to minimize the risk when those situations occur.Stack Up a Series of Successes. When you practice the skill and have a success, your confidence will grow. So, the faster you can have a series of success, the faster your confidence will grow.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/eliminate-public-speaking-fear-in-three-easy-steps


10 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Use Gestures and Movement to Look More Poised and Confident when You Present

Whether you are brand new to speaking or you have been presenting for years, you will want to look confident when you stand up to speak. This can be a challenge though if you are really nervous. We are always afraid that the nervousness that we feel will be obvious to the audience. So, how do you look poised and confident in front of a group, even if you don’t actually feel confident yet?SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/presentation-gestures-and-movement/


9 Jul 2018

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Elevator Speech Template: How to Create a 30 Second Commercial for Yourself

Looking for an elevator speech template? In this podcast, I'm going to explain how to create a 30-second commercial (elevator pitch) for yourself. (Or for your company.) This elevator speech can be used to introduce yourself to a new contact, help you get an interview, or help you sell an idea to a decision-maker. This type of presentation is critical when you have to grab a person's attention in a positive way and time is short. In this podcast, we will cover a brief history of the concept, an elevator speech template, and a few examples.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/elevator-speech-template-how-to-create-a-30-second-commercial-for-yourself/


29 Jul 2019

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A Revolutionary New Way to Absolutely Eliminate Public Speaking Fear

This is episode 100, A Revolutionary Way to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear. This is our centennial podcast, and for those of you who have been listening for a while, you’ll know that I have been promoting this episode for a while. Today, we are going to reveal our new process that is going to revolutionize the way that people reduce public speaking fear. We have been working on this content for the better part of an entire year. It started with the redesign of the 2-Day Fearless Presentations ® class that we released in February of this year. Next, we spent almost six months redesigning the online version of our training course. For the last few months, we have been working on ways to combine in-person training and coaching with digital training programs to reinforce content and speed up the learning process. By the way, if you listen to the entire podcast today, I’m going to give you a $600 gift at the end, so hang in there, I’m going to reveal a ton a fantastic content to you today.So make sure to listen to the entire podcast and share it with your friends!


14 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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7 Foolproof Ways to Start a Presentation and 1 Way that Works on Occasion

We’ve all been there as a speaker. You walk out onto a stage or into the front of the room, and the audience is staring at you with skepticism written all over their faces. This stoic crown has no patience for speakers who waste their time, and their demeanor is showing that fact right now. You need a foolproof way to start your presentation so that you win over this audience. I’ve been there myself. Below are a few of my favorite ways to start a speech that will help you capture positive attention from your audience and get even the most stoic crowd to want more from you.Podcast Notes at https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-start-a-presentation/


9 May 2018

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I Want to Be Funny-How to Add Humor to Your Speech without being a Clown

Quite often, when we are designing speeches and presentations for a professional audience, we discount the value of entertainment and humor. In reality, though, a good presentation is both informative and entertaining. Your speech has to be both. If you aren’t providing the audience with information that they didn’t already know, then you are wasting their time. If you aren’t providing some type of entertainment along the way, though, you will likely bore your audience so much that they will lose interest. So adding an appropriate amount of humor to your speech is very valuable to keep your audience engaged throughout your presentation.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/podcast-how-add-humor-your-speech-without-being-clown


30 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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How To Persuade An Audience In 5 Minutes Or Less

I was doing article research this week, and I came across a statement by a world-renowned public speaking coach that made me stop dead in my tracks. This coach was answering the question, "If I’ve only got five minutes for a speech, how do I get my key points across in an interesting way?" The speaker answered by saying, "Five minutes is too short a time to persuade an audience of anything complicated, sophisticated, or controversial." I was dumbfounded. That is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard. In fact, it is right up there with..."Read my lips... No new taxes.""I did not have sexual relations with that woman...""Saddam has weapons of mass destruction.""If you like your plan you can keep your plan."So, I guess that the statement is not the most ridiculous statement that I've ever heard, but it is in the top five.The way that I know that this statement is ridiculous, though, is two-fold. First, because I am a married man. If this statement were true, then I and about 95% of all men would never, ever get married. (Most proposals take way less than five minutes.)Second, for the last 20 years, students in the Fearless Presentations ® public speaking classes have put together thousands (cumulatively) of persuasive speeches that all lasted about five minutes or less. In fact, we create these presentations dozens of times each week. Here is the process that we use.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-persuade-your-audience-in-five-minutes-or-less/


10 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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10 Simple Ways to Get Over the Fear of Public Speaking

There is an obvious reason why people come to the Fearless Presentations ® website and classes. They want to get over the fear of public speaking once-and-for-all. I have personally taught over 2000 public speaking classes in my career. (Yup... I'm old.) Although every class (and every class member) is a unique experience, all had a single thing in common. The people took time out of their schedule to find a way to eliminate public speaking fear.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/10-simple-ways-to-get-over-the-fear-of-public-speaking/


3 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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The 10 Deadly Sins That Turn Off Audiences

Want to know what not to do during a presentation? (I know it isn't grammatically correct, but that is what people are typing into search engines.) Well, here are 10 of the biggest public speaking mistakes that presenters make. This is a list of what we call the 10 deadly sins that turn off audiences. Use it as a checklist for yourself. If you find that you sometimes do one or two of these items, then the list will help you identify what to work on.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/10-biggest-public-speaking-mistakes-what-not-to-do-during-a-presentation/


7 Jan 2019

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7 Stellar Presentation Enhancers that Add Impact to Any Speech

So you have written a great presentation, but now you want to make it phenomenal. These 9 stellar presentation enhancers will add impact to any speech. In this series of podcasts, Doug Staneart breaks down his public speaking “Impact Ideas” that can be inserted into any speech to really make them come alive. Below is a list of all nine items. Each item links to more details below as well! Anecdotes: A funny story or a story that makes a point is often more memorable than just a bullet point. Demonstration: When you show your audience what you are trying to tell them, they will often have more clarity. Quote: A testimonial from an expert or client at the right time can add credibility. Sample: Something that your audience can see, touch, and feel have more impact than just a description of the item. Name Drop: If you don’t have a quote, you can name drop others who agree with you. Non-PowerPoint Visual Aid: A spontaneous flip-chart drawing, a poster, or board will often have a greater impact on the audience than an image on a slideshow that is more temporary. Showmanship: Never underestimate the entertainment value of your presentation.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/7-stellar-presentation-enhancers-that-add-impact-to-any-speech/


11 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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Energetic Presentation Style-Great at Motivational and Inspirational Talks

A couple of weeks ago, I gave an overview of the four main presentation styles. Last week, we covered the Analytical Presentation Style (Technical Presentations). This week, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Energetic Presentation Style. This is the style of presenter that is more “direct” and “emotional”. Just as a review, by direct, we mean that this style of presenter will often be more spontaneous and quick to act. By emotion, we mean that this style will focus more on connecting with people and their feelings. You will find the style of presentation more frequently in certain industries. If you work in a creative industry or one where persuasion is important, you will see this style of delivery quite frequently. Strengths of the Energetic Presentation StyleENERGY: The absolute biggest strength of the Energetic Presentation Style is energy and enthusiasm. Out of all of the presentation styles, people who have this as their natural delivery style are often seen by others as “natural speakers”. This presenter will deliver quick and fast-paced speeches that will keep the audience engaged.FUN: Since presenters with this natural style are often creative, they use that creativity to make their delivery fun and interesting. They will often create interesting props or visuals. In addition, they have a flair for the dramatic, so they will often try to add content that is unique. They want to be different from every other speaker.INTERACTIVE: The energetic speaker loves to get the audience involved in the presentation. They will often prefer a discussion to a lecture. As a result, they love to ask questions to the audience. This speaker is also fond of interesting activities that reinforce the content that they are delivering.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/energetic-presentation-style-great-at-motivational-and-inspirational-talks


17 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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How to Gain Enthusiastic Cooperation from Your Audience

One of the most important aspects of many speeches is the ability to be persuasive. There is an art to creating a persuasive speech, but there is also a lot of communication skills that are important to the process as well. In this session, we will help you develop and strengthen communication skills that will help you use your words to gain enthusiastic cooperation from your audience.This is part five of our series on Improving Communication Skills. In part one, we talked about how a great communication coach can help you improve your communication skills more quickly. Next, we showed you a few simple things that you can do to shut down a heckler or someone who is peppering you with negative questions. In part three, we gave a number of ways to build trust and rapport with your audience. Then, finally, last week, we covered a few conflict resolution tips.SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-gain-enthusiastic-cooperation-from-your-audience/


13 May 2019

Rank #20