is the first in a seven-part series of articles on presentation
skills designed for persons who don't make or supplement their living
from professional speaking.
1 of 7: YOU can be a public speakerů
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it be great to be able to stand in front of an audience of hundreds
of people and hold them in complete captivation? Wouldn't you love to
be a Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, or Patricia Fripp for just a day...particularly
the day you're scheduled to speak before your company's executives or
a local civic group?! Wouldn't it be nice to go into a presentation
convinced that they're going to love you, to hear their applause, to
overhear comments afterwards such as "He was excellent," or "I really
got a lot out of her program?" Well, you can. No, we can't all be a
Tony Robbins, Terry Paulson, Lilly Walters, or Joe Calloway...but, fortunately,
we don't have to be. You can do quite well just being yourself.
you're like most people, you may be wondering why you should even bother.
After all, speaking before a group can be terrifying at first-studies
consistently show that public speaking is the #1 fear of most people.
The answer to that is easy: Your career may depend on it! Unquestionably,
you can dramatically improve your career opportunities by being a competent
public speaker. As former sales consultant, speaker and author Wilson
Harrel once said, "Nothing I have learned about sales psychology,
killer closes, or whatever has increased my effectiveness in selling
as much as the fundamental steps I learned for preparing and delivering
you work in sales, can you make 50-100 (or more) cold calls per day?
You can if you speak before a group! Earl Nightingale was a firm believer
in the power of the spoken and written word...his research led him to
believe that a key component to corporate success, and a consistent
trait among executives, was the ability to communicate to others and
to lead through persuasion and reason. So, if you want to greatly enhance
your job performance and career opportunities, you must practice and
hone your skills in the area of public speaking. Fortunately, most great
speakers are made, not born...and you can be one of them.
this series of articles, I'll be presenting tips, tools, and techniques
that can dramatically improve your presentation skills. Some of this
information is based upon my seminar and forthcoming book: "Presentation
Skills for the 'Unprofessional' Speaker." If you think you'd be interested
in the full presentation skills course and would like more information
on how to purchase the book or schedule the seminar, just send me an
email. Now, on with the show!
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