Public speaking

There’s nothing more terrifying to a shy person than opening your mouth in public. All the more reason to be a writer, no? What do you do when you want to be sitting quietly in the back row, yet you find yourself standing in front of the crowd, expected to speak? And even to make sense?

Here are some helpful tricks to get you through this ordeal . . .

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Public speaking”

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  2. These are some techniques I use, but I am sharing them with everyone:

    Think of your viewers as goats and sheep. Think of them as duffers. If that doesn’t help, think of them as mere, mortal humans. After all, you have zero fear speaking to one person. Multiply this fear to three hundred persons. It still stays zero. So, why fear?

    If you really have to speak in public, you must do a neat job of it. Fear of speaking in public doesn’t let you do the best you can. Therefore, in order to do a good job with speaking in the pubilc, stop fearing!

  3. myscribbles – I really like what you said about multiplying zero by three hundred. Still zero. When I have to speak publicly, I imagine that I’m speaking to one “mere mortal”, and that helps me relax.

    Peg

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