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  • Okay, just get up on that podium.

  • Alright! I'm 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, gotta 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 70% 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 48 women and 48 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 will 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 and unless 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 Triple-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

  • Or leave a comment down below. We'll see you next time.

Okay, just get up on that podium.

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Be a More Confident Public Speaker

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    Sunny Hsu posted on 2021/12/15
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