Fear of Public Speaking

Why should you practice your public speaking and presentation skills at least once per week?

Stress and anxiety image related to public speaking

The short answer to this question is because speaking and presentation skills are developed over time. You can’t just read a book or take a 3-session speech class and expect much of your skills to improve or last. Speaking skills must be practiced ongoing or your skills will start to fade.

For ongoing speaking practice and improvement in a supportive environment, Toastmasters clubs are still one of the only options. Many people have thought about visiting a Toastmasters club but just haven’t taken that next… Read Full Post »

I was watching a rerun of The Office a few days ago and at the end of the episode I learned that the title of that episode was called Dwight’s Speech. Apparently, Dwight won “salesman of the year” and was asked to give a speech at the awards ceremony.

Half way through the episode, Dwight, along with his co-workers were in a conference room where Dwight was asked to give an impromptu speech of what he would present at the banquet. One of the employees suggested maybe he should join Toastmasters to get some practice with public speaking.

He went… Read Full Post »

Being Nervous Makes You Perform at Your Best When You Learn How to Channel the Nervous Energy

Curt Schilling baseball player admits being nervousIf you think MLB baseball players lack nervousness, think again. Here’s an entire blog post dedicated to revealing how Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Miggy Cabrera and others admit their nervousness.

And, these are the top players in the game! Conincidence? I think not. They have learned how to channel their nervousness to work for them instead of against them. When they’re nervous, they perform at their very best.

Early in my Toastmasters career, one of my mentors told me upon my confession… Read Full Post »

Baseball and public speaking

Baseball is America’s sport. Organized baseball from tee-ball and little league to the majors has enthralled players and audiences alike for so long that we’ve even created casual games to play on-the-side just so that we can get more of them and play them longer in our lives. Wiffle ball and kickball at the family picnic come to mind.

With all the fun and accomplishment baseball has to offer, there are still many people that simply despise the sport of baseball and wonder why anyone would want to stand around on a field for a few hours waiting for a… Read Full Post »

There’s no reason your company needs presenters this bad. Find a local Toastmasters club and make it a mandatory weekly training event for your staff.