What Spiders, Snakes, Flying, and Public Speaking Have in Common

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Stage fright, performance anxiety, fear of public speaking, or glossophobia. Different words; same feelings. This infographic, provided by Lydia Bailey at mastersprogramsguide.com, helps break it down from several different angles. See which part of it speaks to you—especially if you get anxious before public speaking. Remember that snakes, spiders (certain kinds), and even planes can cause death. I’ve never heard of anyone who actually died by public speaking or giving a presentation. Sure, you might think you’re going to die, … Continue reading

How to Know How Much to Move in a Presentation

How much to move in a presentation

There is no magic formula for how much you should—or shouldn’t—move in a presentation, but there are a few variables to consider and work with. Your personal preference of how much to move while delivering a presentation is only one of the variables you should consider. The room and your space in front of the room where you deliver also have a lot of impact on your movement—or at least they should. You move in a presentation to make yourself … Continue reading

Stage Fright: Why You Get It & What To Do With It

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State fright, performance anxiety, pre-game jitters, a case of the “nerves.” We call it by many different names but it’s all the same thing. And it happens to everyone. Yes, even the biggest music stars, political stars, business icons, and sports stars feel performance anxiety before stepping on stage, stepping into a debate, or stepping over a three-foot putt that could win the Masters. Sir Richard Branson and Warren Buffett both say they had enormous stage fright early in their … Continue reading

We Are All in the Pain Relief Business

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It’s almost a cliche’ question at a party when you meet someone at a social function and ask, “What do you do?” or “What business are you in?” Most people actually struggle with the answer. They either go all in with inane details or gloss over it. But a recent experience reminded me that in the end, we’re all in the pain relief business. Here’s what happened: I woke up in the middle of the night feeling some discomfort and … Continue reading