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Death or Public Speaking (Posted On: Tuesday, February 22, 2011)

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Many people say they would choose death over speaking in public. But you can survive the experience. 

Being nervous before giving a speech, presentation or performance is perfectly natural. The very best actors, musicians and speakers all suffer from pre-performance jitters. Those jitters can sharpen your awareness so you put forth your best effort. The trick is to teach those butterflies in your stomach to fly in formation.

At Toastmasters you’ll find a safe, fun and friendly environment to build your public speaking confidence, presentation and leadership skills at a pace that is comfortable for you following a time proven, skill building program.

Here are a few tips that ease public speaking fears:

Being prepared goes a long way toward taming anxious nerves. Know your topic thoroughly. Do your research well and know more about the subject than you are speaking on. That knowledge will bring confidence to your words.

In real estate it’s all about location, location, location. In public speaking, it’s rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Give your presentation out loud to a friend, the family pet or even the bedroom wall, and give it several times. Grow accustomed to the words and phrases that make up your speech. Practice gestures and using any props or equipment that you need.

Dress the part. Appropriate attire, whether a business suit or formal clothes, can help bolster your confidence and give you instant credibility with your audience. Choose your outfit carefully. It should be neat and clean and something that does not distract the audience from your words.

Most of all, take every opportunity to practice speaking in public.

There is a Toastmaster club in nearly every town and city in the world. Collingwood Toastmasters meets from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month from September to June at the Collingwood Public Library located at 55 Ste. Marie Street. Feel free to attend a meeting as our guest to find out more about our club. 

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