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Public speaking - training course

 
#1 Public speaking - training course
16/02/2009 07:09

Pete

Team,

I'm looking for suggestions for courses in public speaking. Why? Because I am cr@p at it.

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#2 RE: Public speaking - training course
16/02/2009 08:27

Windies cricket fan to Pete (#1)

There are many public speaking courses and associations ( e.g. toastmasters), and even more books on the topic.

Your best bet would be to simply practice ( and toastmasters allows this practice), but what you really need to do is dream- visualise that you are presenting successfully. If you can see it, you can do it.

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#3 RE: Public speaking - training course
16/02/2009 12:43

dutchconsultant.baywords.com to Pete (#1)

Pete,

Without a doubt you'll find a lot of public speaking courses with Google. The only thing that really works: doing it.

When I was in my early 20s I was shy and crap at public speaking. During the start of my career I did have 2 public speaking courses. But the only part that actually worked for me, was giving speeches and presentations in front of the group. It even helped a lot more doing it 'for real' at work. At the end of my 20s my ego grew out of control and I got overconfident (which will show as arrogance in presentations and speeches). You'll get better at speaking the more you do it...just not by a courses but by doing it (and experience in life/work).

Cheers,

http://dutchconsultant.baywords.com

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#4 RE: Public speaking - training course
16/02/2009 16:39

Deacs to Pete (#1)

Pete

In the absence of any real detail, I would suggest the following:

- get yourself on a basic 2/3 day "effective presentation" course. If you can't get sponsorship, you can probably get something cheap / free from your local authority. Make sure the course uses video with feedback from someone who knows what they're talking about.

- accept the feedback and do some more presentations etc, trying to obtain more feedback as you go along.

- get a coach if you need all this done asap.

Good luck

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#5 RE: Public speaking - training course
16/02/2009 18:00

Bob Allen to Deacs (#4)

A friend suggested that a short course on stand up comedy is very effective in curing any fear of public speaking.

Or join one of Neil Struass's PUA camps!

+ you get to learn another valuable life skill

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#6 RE: Public speaking - training course
17/02/2009 21:37

Jimmy A to Bob Allen (#5)

The more pain the more gain. I used to be shockingly bad at public speaking - shy, nervous, i used to feel physially sick and can actually remember being sick pre speach on a few occasions. The best medicine i can suggest is to keep doing it. I started my working life in a bank where i'd have to get up and do a 30 minute update every week to the rest of the department - i used to come up with a whole host of excuses to get out of it. The day I realised that avoidance was holding me back was the day I started to improve. By all means do a course, but make sure you continue to do it afterwards.

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