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Okay, just get up on that podium.
Alright! I am here. That was easy. Now I just need a...
Oh my gosh! How many people are in the audience? A hundred?
A thousand ? Don't count. Ok. I can do this and focus on my notes.
What do I have written down again? Uh.. Hello, my...
Okay, if this sounds like your worst nightmare, you're not alone.
Actually, you are one of the estimated seventy percent of the
population that has an intense fear of public speaking.
And that's okay, because on today's Wellcast, we've got our Triple-P method
that will get you through and get you calm during that next oral report,
and keep your breakfast where it belongs, you're ready?
Many polls list public speaking as the most commonly reported phobia among Americans.
It's called Glossophobia, meaning literally, fear of the tongue.
A study by Texas Christian University
tested forty eight women and forty eight men enrolled in a public speaking class
and found that those who exhibited high-trait anxiety
had the most physical symptoms of distress when speaking publicly.
So, what if you're the kind of person whom any bit of social acrobatics
is tantamount to entering a lions den?
Hey, calm down! Ok, I'm just kidding, but seriously, calm down, alright?
We've got our Triple-P method
that'll get you through that next public speaking gig.
Pause and print this wellcast worksheet.
Step 1: Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!
We said it three times because it's that important.
There are two things that are going to be prepared.
Number one, knowing your subject backwards and forwards!
Two, knowing exactly how you gonna present it step-by-step.
In your Wellcast worksheet,
write down the major points that you want to get across to the audience.
Get the ideas out of your head and onto the paper.
And the next column to the right.
Start ordering these points in a logical manner,
arguing your points to the audience,
and wanting them over as like a boxing match.
First, start with some fancy footwork.
A fact or an anecdote that will hook the audience in
and get them to pay attention to you.
Then, throw a couple of swings supporting evidence for your arguments stance personal stories,
something that will start to convince the audience that you're taking control.
And finally the knockout. A landing blow, a statement that's memorable,
convincing, and sums up your speeches position.
Alright, step 2: posture and physicality a key.
Part of keeping your anxiety at bay.
What giving a speech is knowing what to do with your body.
Before your speech, avoid large meals and dairy products which will make you feel like you need to clear your throat incessantly.
Bring a bottle of water on stage if you're allowed.
Don't be afraid to take sips throughout your speech, it will keep your voice natural.
And it gives you a moment to pause and regain your composure if needed.
Stand naturally, not too stiff or slumped.
Good posture can help you breath and speak easier.
And it will let your audience know that you're calm and in control.
Step 3: Pander to your audience.
The best public speakers know how to work the room.
Don't be completely serious analyzing the occasion calls for it.
Don't read entirely off the cards. Keep a natural cadence and pace.
Throw a joke or aside in. It'll draw in a laugh.
If there's a silence, then turn that into a joke. Stay natural, self effacing,
and the audience will be on your side! Let's recap!
You rather face a poisonous reptiles than public speak, huh?
Well, follow the Wellcast tripple-P checklist.
Prepare extensively for your speech. Know your content backwards and forwards,
and figure out the absolute best way to present it and win over your audience.
Watch your posture and physicality. This includes everything
from standing naturally to breathing from your diaphragm.
And pander to your audience. Keep them in the palm of your hand, and with easy demeanour, natural cadence, and of course, jokes.
Tweet us at WatchWellCast. Email us at [email protected]
Or leave a comment down below. We'll see you next time.
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Sunny Hsu published on April 1, 2018    Teresa Chen translated    Amber reviewed
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