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4 steps to conquering public speaking

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Practice. That’s the best way to get comfortable with speaking in front of others. And though the idea of pub­­lic speaking may sound ter­­ri­­fy­­ing, your confidence will get a major boost from stepping out of your comfort zone, and into the spot­­light.

Launch your “public speaking career” with one of these methods:

1.  Create a webinar. You won’t even have to face your audience, but you can still get experience by ex­­plaining something you know well. Tools such as Slideshare.net can help you create one.

Determine your topic by coming up with three great tips in your partic­ular area of expertise (social media, customer service, technology, etc.). Next, tailor your tips to create a helpful webinar for a particular au­­di­­ence segment (admins just launching their career, admins who want to transition into marketing, etc.).

2.  Sit on a panel. Does your local chamber of commerce ever hold panel discussions? Do you belong to a professional organization that holds educational panels?

The advantage of serving on a panel is that not all eyes will be on you. And people will be interested in knowing more about the topic you’re discussing.

3.  Scan your local business jour­­nal for ideas, recommends Laura Stack, president of the National Speakers Association.

In the calendar section, “You will see a list of groups and contact names just waiting for you to speak. There are many local associations, chambers, and service clubs in your area that need a speaker at each meeting,” Stack says.

4.  Contact your local library, book­­stores, churches and non­profits. Tie your message into theirs.

— Adapted from “Do You Stink at Public Speaking,” Marla Tabaka, Inc.

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Marla Tabaka February 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

It’s typically best practice to include a link to the article that you have extracted information from. It’s offensive that you simply pick up information from another resource and add a small notice at the bottom without giving proper credit to its author and original source. Please refrain from using my work in the future. Thank you.


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