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SCOTT BERKUN

If you’d like to be good at something, the first thing to go out the window is the notion of perfection.

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We can minimize most of these fears by realizing that we speak in public all the time.

It’s often the case that the things speakers obsess about are the opposite of what the audience cares about. They want to be entertained. They want to learn. And most of all, they want you to do well.

You can say, “I have 30 minutes to talk to you, and five points to make. I will spend five minutes on each point and save the remaining time for any questions.”

If you pretend to have no fear of public speaking, you deny yourself the natural energy your body is giving you. Anxiety creates a kind of energy you can use, just as excitement does.

Know that your response to a mistake defines the audience’s response.

Get the audience involved:

People come because they:

  • Getting to the venue early so you don’t have to rush
  • Doing tech and sound rehearsal well before your start time
  • Walking around the stage so your body feels safe in the room
  • Sitting in the audience so you have a physical sense of what they will see
  • Eating ...

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How to quickly captivate your audience's attention: The following tips apply to any setting where you need to give a presentation in front of a group of people.

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