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According to a 1973 survey by the Sunday Times of London, 41% of people list public speaking as their biggest fear. Forget small spaces, darkness, and spiders, standing up in front of a crowd and talking is far more terrifying for most people. Through this workshop your participants will become more confident and relaxed in front of an audience which will translate into a successful speaking event. However, mastering this fear and getting comfortable speaking in public can be a great ego booster, not to mention a huge benefit to your career. The Public Speaking workshop will give participants some basic public speaking skills, including in-depth information on developing an engaging program and delivering their presentation with power.
Visualization is the formation of mental visual images. It is an excellent way to prepare your mind before a presentation.
There are several types of visualization:
RECEPTIVE VISUALIZATION.Relax, clear your mind, sketch a vague scene, ask a question, and wait for a response. You might imagine you are on the beach, hearing and smelling the sea. You might ask, “Why can’t I relax?”, and the answer may flow into your consciousness.
PROGRAMMED VISUALIZATION. Create an image, giving it sight, taste, sound, and smell. Imagine a goal you want to reach, or a healing you wish to accelerate. Jane used visualization when she took up running, feeling the push of running the hills, the sweat, and the press to the finish line.
GUIDED VISUALIZATION. Visualize again a scene in detail, but this time leave out important elements. Wait for your subconscious to supply missing pieces to your puzzle. Your scene could be something pleasant from the past.
24 Hour Checklist
___ Do you know what you’re going to say in the first two minutes?
___ Do you know how you’re going to introduce your topic?
___ Have you prepared clear statements of your main points?
___ Do you know how you’re going to close your presentation?
___ Have you prepared answers for the questions that are likely to come up?
Slides and handouts:
___ Have you proofread your slides?
___ Do you need to add any slides?
___ Should you delete any slides?
___ Do you have enough handouts for everyone?
___ Do you know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there?
___ Have you gathered all the equipment and other materials you need?
___ Have you called a contact person to make sure the room will be ready?
Interview key stakeholders and listen to their concerns about the problem. Define who needs help to overcome the problem. Identify and describe the audience and the work
Observe the work being done by recognized experts. Take careful notes and ask questions where needed. Document the proper performance of the work tasks
Observe other workers doing the tasks. Compare results with the performance of experts. Document identified skill gaps.
Develop a complete list of tasks for performing the work completely and correctly.
Dealing with Questions
Q&A Sessions: If no questions arise, be prepared to ask one yourself.
Restating Negative Questions: If a question is phrased negatively, restate it.
Off-topic: Don't forget about the parking lot if you receive an off-topic question.
Leveraging experience in the room: There may be situations when you wish to redirect a question to one of the participants.
Creating an Audience Profile
Education.If your audience is well-educated, you can use fairly sophisticated vocabulary. If they’re not, you need to keep things simple.
Familiarity with Topic. What do people know about the topic already and what do you need to explain?
Familiarity with Jargon.Avoid any specialized vocabulary unless you think that everyone in the audience will understand it. If you have to use a technical term, explain it.
Interest in topic.What do people care about? What’s important to them?
Possible misconceptions.What wrong ideas might you need to correct?
Attitude.Are people hostile, supportive, curious, worried? The attitude of your audience will affect the tone of your speech.