Ten Steps to Giving a Great Speech

By Dennis McCafferty
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    1-Take a Breath and Relax

    Take a Breath and Relax

    Your heart may be racing and your palms sweating, but remember that your audience wants you to succeed.

Do you suffer from glossophobia? It's very likely that you do. But don't get too worked up about it—it's not a fatal disease. It's just the clinical term for a fear of public speaking, and three out of every four people have it, according to the National Institutes of Public Health. That said, if you want to advance in your career, you need to confront this anxiety head-on because few achievers can manage to avoid giving any public presentations. To provide you with some helpful guidance, we've come up with the following time-proven tips on giving a "knock 'em dead" speech. They're essentially the same guidelines practiced by famous CEOs, as well as newsmakers and celebrity speakers who command five- or six-figure fees for a single event. The tips were compiled from a number of online resources, including Speaking-Tips.com and Eric Barker's "Barking up the Wrong Tree" blog. Barker is a contributor to Wired and "Barking" is listed on the blogrolls (lists of recommended blogs) at the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-11
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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