In writing my upcoming book I interviewed over one dozen introvert specialists for the six essential communications skills for the introvert to master for everyday business success. Suzy Kedzierski was a delight and then I learned of her new Kindle book: 10 Secrets to Powerful Public Speaking … Even If You’re Deathly Afraid of Being the Center of Attention In this guest blog, she gives us a glimpse of valuable insights from it.
“I can’t say exactly when I first became aware that I was deathly afraid of getting up in front of a group, whether actually having to make a presentation or just being the center of attention …
Although I was always a shy kid, with at most a handful of schoolmates I could call friends, there was no one incident I can point to that made me terrified of being front and center of any group. No humiliating moment that changed my life. And yet, when I tell you I was petrified, I exaggerate not one little bit.”
Thus starts off Suzy Kedzierski’s Ebook, 10 Secrets to Powerful Public Speaking … Even If You’re Deathly Afraid of Being the Center of Attention.
Here is a glimpse of the valuable tips:
Believe me, if you begin to sweat at the mere thought of having to get in front of a group, give a speech or make a presentation, I understand; and you’re far from being alone. But recognizing that millions of others are in the same boat is little consolation.
As a communications professional, you might think that speaking would come naturally to me. But you’d be wrong. Writing, not speaking, is my strength. So for years, both my audience and I suffered through my presentations, while I wondered how it was that my colleagues—some many years my junior—seemed to breeze through their sessions with ease.
Then one day, a colleague filled me in on the one Big Secret that changed my outlook forever—and it had nothing whatsoever to do with visualizing my audience in their underwear. It was an “aha moment” for me. And that insight was so effective, at the very next national sales meeting, I got fifteen minutes into my talk before I even realized that I was halfway done, was not the least bit scared, and was actually enjoying the experience.
Let me share with you a few ideas packed in the book of more than 30 tips and tricks designed to help you turn frozen fear into power, polish, and style.
Here’s just one example. Do you completely blank out when you first get up to speak? Try this, next time. Print out a copy of your slides— four or six to a page, and write out the entire first sentence or two of your opening remarks at the top of the page, so you can start off by reading your notes, just in case the inevitable happens. For me, once past the first few sentences, muscle memory usually kicked in for the balance of the presentation. And just knowing that I had my notes to refer to, if needed, helped ease my mind.
And, here’s a tip that can help you avoid that panic feeling when it’s time to actually get up to speak. Try to get comfortable with the feel of the room and the size of the crowd, ahead of time. How? Simply arrive a tad bid early, and stand at the front of the room as it fills up. Simple, right?
This Ebook was written expressly for businesswomen, though men can benefit from it, too. I hope you’ll consider grabbing a copy of “10 Secrets…” today. Not just because it can help advance your career, but because, in many ways, the same general concepts apply to virtually everything—from job interviews to making new friends, or excelling in sales. Here’s the URL link: amzn.com/B00HTNY65G. Download it, read it, then drop me a line and let me know what you think. I absolutely would love to hear from you.
About the Author: Suzy Kedzierski is a marketing and communications consultant and writer, specializing in distilling complex concepts into compelling marketing messages. She’s written on topics ranging from elevators to aptamers (chemically-synthesized strands of RNA or DNA molecules), bad translations to great marketing ploys, extreme job hunting to out of focus images, and everything in between. Whether light-hearted humor or a serious business-to-business brochure, travel writing, corporate PowerPoint presentation, or a fundraising appeal, she’s done it all. You can view a sampling of her other writings or reach out to her on her blog: www.MarketingCommunicationsInk.com