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Description Want to eliminate public speaking fear and become a more poised and confident presenter and speaker? Then Fearless Presentations is the answer. This podcast is based on our famous two-day presentation skills class offered in cities all over the world.

Description Want to eliminate public speaking fear and become a more poised and confident presenter and speaker? Then Fearless Presentations is the answer. This podcast is based on our famous two-day presentation skills class offered in cities all over the world.
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Description Want to eliminate public speaking fear and become a more poised and confident presenter and speaker? Then Fearless Presentations is the answer. This podcast is based on our famous two-day presentation skills class offered in cities all over the world.








How to Write a Graduation Speech (Graduation Speech Examples)

Have you been asked to deliver a commencement speech? Or have you worked your butt off to become valedictorian or salutatorian, and now you have to deliver a graduation speech? In this post, we will cover one of the more challenging types of presentation creation: How to Write a Graduation Speech. (By the way, I have also included a few popular graduation speech examples as a guide for you.) This post is a continuation of our How to Create a Presentation series. We are going to break this...


Persuasive Speech: How to Write a Persuasive Speech

Want to learn how to write a persuasive speech? Want to make sure that you persuade your audience without raising resentment? Well, if you use the techniques that you likely learned in school, you will often fail at both of these goals. In high school, you most likely learned that to write a good persuasive speech, you have to do research, list the pros and cons, and then use lots of data to win over your audience. This technique is a terrible way to persuade people. Most often, it actually...


Wedding Toast: How to Write a Wedding Toast

Continuing in our series on how to design a presentation, in this episode, we will show you how to write a wedding toast. Over the years, I've had a few people come through our entire presentation training classes just to be able to not be terrified when they give a best man toast or father of the bride toast. Even though, this is typically a very short speech, there is always a lot of pressure involved. Anytime we are being honored with an important role in a wedding, we want to do well....


How to Write a Speech in Just a Few Simple Steps

Looking for how to write a speech in a few simple steps? Over the last 20 years, our instructors have dissected thousands of speeches. In that time, we've been able to identify simple things that can easily make or break a presentation. We've assembled a simple, step-by-step process that explains how to write a speech quickly and easily. In fact, once you understand the concepts below, you can use our Online Speech Creator to organize and print your presentation. A little warning, though,...


How to Overcome Glossophobia (An Irrational Fear of Public Speaking)

Want to know how to overcome glossophobia? Does stage fright sometimes make you pass up opportunities in your career? Do you feel like you have an irrational fear of public speaking? You are not alone! Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking is very common. After being in the presentation skill industry for decades, now, though, I've come to realize that the statistics about this fear are really confusing. I've seen public speaking fear statistics as low as 7% of the population and as...


Short Anecdotes for Speeches and Parables to Amaze Your Audience

Short anecdotes for speeches are a fantastic way to end a presentation with a bang. These stories can be fiction, actual incidents from history, or even just funny stories from your own personal life. When you deliver them well, though, they have a lasting impact. I often use these short anecdotes for speeches where I am training to teach something meaningful to the audience. So, in most instances, these stories are used in training sessions or motivational speeches. The anecdotes themselves...


How To Memorize Your Speech In 60 Minutes

Looking for a quick and easy way to memorize an entire presentation quickly? Well, the solution to how to memorize a speech in minutes will likely surprise you. In this article, we will cover a few important points. First, we will cover the big mistakes that most people make when they design a presentation that makes memorizing the presentation much harder. Next, we cover a few memory techniques that are common among professional speakers. (These tips are fantastic, and they work really...


How to Gain Enthusiastic Cooperation from Your Audience

One of the most important aspects of many speeches is the ability to be persuasive. There is an art to creating a persuasive speech, but there is also a lot of communication skills that are important to the process as well. In this session, we will help you develop and strengthen communication skills that will help you use your words to gain enthusiastic cooperation from your audience. This is part five of our series on Improving Communication Skills. In part one, we talked about how a great...


A Few Simple Ways to Avoid Conflicts when Presenting Your Ideas to Groups

A Few Simple Ways to Avoid Conflicts when Presenting Your Ideas to Groups


Building Trust with a Group Using Good Communication Skills

When you stand up to speak in front of a group, yes, we want to appear confident. However, of equal importance is the ability to build trust and rapport with your audience. Your audience will not believe you unless they first trust you. In this session, we are going to give you a few, simple communication skills that will help you build solid trust with your audience. Incidentally, these same skills will help you build trust and rapport within any relationship. SHOW NOTES:...


4 Strategies for Handling Hecklers While Giving a Speech

If you practice great presentation skills and focus on designing your presentations on what your audience needs and wants, you will likely not have much trouble with hecklers. However, it only takes a single mad-at-the-world heckler to quickly turn your presentation masterpiece into modern art. So, when you are rudely interrupted, you will want to have a strategy that calms the heckler and makes you continue to look like the expert in the room. One of the more recent occurrences in social...


A Good Communication Coach Can Help Shore Up Communication Weaknesses

A good communications coach (formal or informal) can help you identify communication strengths and weaknesses. Years ago, I was having coffee with a colleague. He mentioned that he had just had a session with his "personal coach." During the session, this coach helped him lay out, in pretty god detail, so strategic goals that he should be focusing on. Between you and I, the whole discussion seemed weird to me. Honestly, I thought that this "coach" was, most likely, a con-artist. I had heard...


Online Training Best Practices that Supports Your In-Person Training Sessions

So how do you create an online training course that people don't hate? Six months ago, we set out to recreate the online version of The Fearless Presentations ® Course. To be blunt, when we started, I just assumed that we would just update the videos of the old version, make it look prettier, and be done. However, the more we updated, the more opportunities that we noticed. I think my biggest obstacle at the beginning was my preconceived notions about online training. SHOW NOTES:...


Modern Examples of Training and Development Programs for Employees in 2019

The world is constantly changing. In the past, businesses thrived when they created a single new product or idea and brought it to market. Today, though, business thrive by adapting to and adopting best practices that are constantly evolving and changing. One thing is for certain, if you stay still or rest on your laurels, you will fail. The world of training and employee development is also evolving. If you are training and developing your employees the same way that you did 20 years ago,...


7 Qualities of a Good Public Speaker that Every Presenter Should Know (And Emulate)

What are the most important qualities of a good public speaker? What makes a great presenter? What are the qualities that allow one orator to get up in front of an audience and memorize the crowd while another fails? Well, science may offer the answer to these questions. When I first started teaching the Fearless Presentations ® classes, I did so because I knew from my own experience that the more self-confident a presenter appears to an audience, the more respect that the audience will have...


Why Do I Still Get Nervous When I Speak in Public?

I was teaching a presentation skills class in Houston this week, and I had two separate participants pull me aside at two separate breaks and ask the same exact question... "Why do I still get nervous when I speak in public?" This question is very common (both during a presentation class, and sometimes, even afterwards). When you understand the answer to this question, though, you have a much better chance of eliminating your public speaking fear for good. The answer has three parts. First,...


How to Promote Yourself as a Professional Speaker

We just finished a five-part series about How to Start a Public Speaking Career. If you haven't had a chance to read (or listen to) that series, it will help you understand the concepts that we talk about here, much more clearly. In this session, we are going to cover how to promote yourself as a professional speaker. In the earlier sessions, we talked about how to get experience speaking within your current industry. Some of the ideas were to start out as a trainer in your current industry...


Start Your Own Public Speaking Company from Scratch

This is part five of a five part series about how to start a public speaking career. In the past posts, we focused on how to use public speaking within your current career, both as an income stream and as marketing. We also covered a session on how to become a professional speaker for an established speaking company. In this post, we will cover a few step-by-step items that will help you create your own presentation company. If you want to be a professional public speaker, these tips can...


Become a Certified Speaker for an Established Presentation Company

We are continuing our series on How to Start a Public Speaking Career, and in this session, we will show a shortcut by working for an organization that is already established. Just as a recap of what I discussed in the first post, the advantages of this route is that the company the speaker is representing has already done the hard work. They have already created the content, vetted the content, and created a customer base. The downside is that the speaker can't create or promote his/her own...


Using a Speech to Promote a Product or Service-Use Public Speaking as Marketing

This is part three of our posts on How to Start a Public Speaking Career. In the last session, we talked about the easiest way to begin as a professional speaker — by Speaking within Your Current Industry. In this session, we are going to show you a few simple ways to use public speaking to promote or market your product or service. In fact, using a speech to promote a product or service is a fantastic way to conduct a marketing campaign.