7 Public Speaking Survival Tips

7 Public Speaking Survival Tips

I used to be terrified of public speaking – now it’s natural and fun.

Dry mouth, fast heart, sweaty palms, blank mind – yeah I’ve been there! It’s easy to fear public speaking. But I was never just content with overcoming fear. I wanted to be a great speaker. What I needed was a way of calming down and applying simple techniques and strategies to talk like a pro.

When I’d learned to relax (more of that later) I learned and applied the following four steps.

  1. Reassure your audience – they need to know you know your stuff and you are human!
  2. Hook them by being interesting and relevant. Tell them why what you are saying is relevant to them.
  3. Inspire them by giving them information and ways of seeing that are new and applicable.
  4. Leave them on a high by telling a story them encapsulates your central message.

How do you become confident enough to apply the four steps?

Here’s some tips some of which are practical some of which are to do with the way you think about your public presentations and also how you can start to change the way you feel about them.

Tip One

Breath your way to calm. When you breath out you relax that’s why people sigh when they’re stressed.

Breathing in without breathing out causes hyperventilation and worsens anxiety. Just before your speech take five minutes breathing in to the count of seven and out to the count of eleven (quick count-not seconds!). On the out breath hold it a second before breathing in again. This will produce quick and lasting calm. Remember extending the out breath calms you down.

Tip Two

You have a responsibility as the presenter but relax you don’t carry all the responsibility. Presenting is a team effort. Audiences are responsible for politeness, extending their attention and attempting to learn. It’s not all you-it’s a meeting of two halves. Never mind how they judge you. How do you judge them?

Tip Three

Use metaphor and stories. We all experience life metaphorically. The most technical logical person spends at least two hours a night dreaming! Talk detail if necessary but present patterns with metaphors. Folk from 4 to 104 love stories. Use em.

Tip four

Captivate attention by using words that evoke all the senses. Describe how things look, sound, feel, smell and taste. Paint pictures and sensations in their minds with your words.

Tip Five

Vary your voice tonality and speed of delivery. Keep them alert and engaged. Convey energy when need be and slow down when you need to ‘draw them in close.’ You are the conductor to their orchestra. And pepper your talk with humour. Your willingness to be funny shows personal confidence and confidence is contagious.

Tip Six

Tell them what they are going to get. What they are currently getting and then what they have got from you. Sell your sizzle!

Tip Seven

Watch and learn from other great speakers until compelling, relaxed speaking is a part of you.

Rehearse positively. You need to rehearse how your going to feel as well as what you are going to present. Don’t think about your forthcoming presentation whilst feeling nervous as this creates an instinctive association between fear and presenting. This natural negative self-hypnosis is very common with nervous speakers.

Hypnotically rehearse your speech whilst feeling relaxed. This produces the right ‘blueprint’ in your mind. In fact when you do this enough times it actually becomes hard to be nervous!

All great speakers know how to use great self-hypnotic rehearsal. Hypnosis changes attitudes and can bring emotion under control. I used hypnosis, to change my instincts around public speaking. Now I just can’t get nervous whether it’s 50 or 500 people. The world needs great communicators. Go for it!

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Article by Mark Tyrrell of Hypnosis Downloads.com.

January 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

What does it take to be creative?

Here’s a riddle:

The king and the poison…

A ruthless, paranoid king was afraid that one of his aides was going to poison him so he needed to come up with a creative solution to ensure he could survive any poisoning.

Fortunately it was a well-known fact in the kingdom that the only way to survive drinking poison was to drink an even stronger poison.

So the king thought to himself:

“I just need to get my hands on the most powerful poison in the land. That way, I’ll be able to survive if someone tries to poison me.”

The king thought up a wicked plan to get his hands on the most powerful poison. He summoned two pharmacists known for their ability to concoct powerful potions, and told them, “Come to the palace on Sunday with the most powerful poison you can make. Each of you will drink the other’s poison and then your own.

Obviously, the one who has prepared the stronger poison will survive. The other, I promise a respectable burial…”

The king thought that in this way he’d be able to get his hands on the most powerful poison in the land.

The two pharmacists went home lamenting about their poor fortune. One pharmacist, who was old and poor, told his wife to prepare for his death as he told her the story about the relentless king.

“But can’t you concoct a stronger poison than the other pharmacist?” asked his wife.

“No,” he answered, “he is richer and more knowledgeable – there’s no doubt that he’ll be able to mix the stronger poison.”

Suddenly the pharmacist’s wife came up with an idea… “I know how you can survive,” she told him…

What was her idea?

December 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Prepare for Winter


Research revealed today recommends that “Fair-skinned people who are prone to sunburn may need to take supplements to ensure they get enough vitamin D.”

Supplements are already recommended for groups at higher risk of deficiency. This includes people with dark skin, such as people of African-Caribbean and South Asian origin, and people who wear full-body coverings, as well as the elderly, young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and people who avoid the sun.

Based on the latest findings, it appears that pale-skinned people should be added to this list.

Vitamin D ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin best known for its roles in preventing rickets and maintaining proper levels of calcium in the blood. The ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ is generally acquired by the body in two ways – exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and dietary intake.

Vitamin is an important factor in the maintenance of good health, furthermore Vitamin D helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, and the absorption and use of calcium & phosphorus.

Studies also suggest that Vitamin D may play a part in slowing the ageing process and the onset of age-related diseases.

High Demand For Winter Months

Nature’s Sunshine’s Vitamin D is an ideal supplement for the autumn and winter months when many of us often don’t see the sun on a daily basis. In fact living in Scotland we hardly saw it during the summer months. :o(

In fact, last November Nature’s Sunshine experienced such a high demand for our Vitamin D product that their stocks were totally depleted and extra supplies had to shipped in on a special delivery to meet distributor orders.

So if you would like to prepare for the cold dark days of winter order your Vitamin D now.



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15167657

October 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

Breast cancer more aggressive in women who are stressed

Breast cancer spreads more aggressively in women who are stressed.  Fear, anxiety and isolation all play a part in determining just how quickly the tumour grows, researchers have discovered.
Researchers from the University of Illinois discovered the association between stress and aggressive tumour growth when they carried out a psychological profile on 989 women who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The researchers are puzzled by the association, however, and can’t explain how stress interacts with tumour growth.  They’re also not sure what came first: are the women more stressed because they have cancer, or did their stress bring on the cancer in the first place?
(Source: American Association for Cancer Research conference, September 19, 2011).

Whatever the reason for the Stress there is no doubt that Stress increases the tumour aggression. That is why you need to manage the stress. Take time out every day and learn to manage your stress. Here is a simple resource that can help you on your way.

Relieve Stress and Tension



For a more detailed health coaching programme contact: Wilf Archer – Professional Health coach.



September 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Are You Ready To Lose Weight?

“I’m on a diet.” It could almost be the national slogan. With so many people attempting to lose weight, it’s amazing how little weight is actually lost and kept off. One of the reasons people find themselves dieting over and over again is they start their efforts without asking one important question: “Am I ready?” To help you find the answer, ask yourself a few more questions:

What’s My Motivation?

Think about your reason for wanting to lose weight and decide if it’s enough to support a long-range commitment. Are you dieting to get ready for the swimsuit season or because your doctor told you your next heart attack could be fatal? Weight loss that’s permanent is more often the result of long-term health considerations than of short-term goals, such as the upcoming class reunion.

Can I Cope With One More Change?

If you’ve just gone through an important change in your life — a divorce, job change, extra stress at work, even a positive change, such as a marriage or new baby — consider postponing changes in your diet and exercise habits. Too much change at once can push you into the high-stress zone.

Am I Willing To Be Realistic?

Perhaps the major reason diets fail is the dieter hopes to shed a large amount of weight in a hurry, to get quick results — and a quick end to the diet. If you expect to lose more than one or two pounds a week, you’re setting yourself up for failure. And, expecting a diet to be a temporary measure rather than a lifelong change in eating and exercise habits is also a sure-fire way to fail.

Do I Have Time And Energy?

Experts say that exercise is an important component of any weight-loss program. Are you willing to make walking, jogging, swimming, or an aerobics class a permanent part of your daily life?

How Will Others React?

A supportive and understanding network of family and friends can help you enormously. Do you expect your family to partake of your new low-fat recipes? Do you want them to cheer you on, nag you when you lapse, or just leave you alone? Talk over your plans with your loved ones. What are their expectations and fears? For instance, your spouse may worry that as you lose weight, you’ll become too attractive to others.

Losing weight permanently requires a major life change, not just another diet. Your answers to the above questions can help you decide if now is the time to start.


September 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Are Some People Born To Be Fat?

Were you chubby by age 10? Are your parents, brothers, and sisters overweight? Are you a woman with a tendency to gain weight in the hips, buttocks, and thighs or after pregnancy? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, and if you’ve tried and failed to lose weight even on a starvation diet, you may indeed have a genetic tendency to be heavier than what our culture accepts as ideal.

Here are some reasons why researchers think some people just tend to be heavier than others, and what you can do about it.

When It’s In Your Genes

People whose parents are heavy probably started out life with more fat cells than the norm. And, the body just likes to keep those fat cells filled up. These people are the best equipped to survive famine when food is scarce.

Another inherited fat-producing tendency is a low resting metabolic rate. People in this group burn fewer calories just sitting around than others do.

If you fall into either of these categories, try this strategy:

  • Concentrate on eating low-fat foods rather than cutting calories. To satisfy your body’s craving for food, fill up on complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas. Hold the mayo and the cream sauce.
  • Reduce calories gradually rather than suddenly. Your body may respond to drastic diets by lowering its resting metabolic rate even further.
  • Incorporate exercise into your weight-loss program. Exercise boosts your resting metabolic rate so you burn more calories even when you’re at rest.

When Hormones Play A Role

Some women have heavy hips, thighs, and buttocks or a tendency to gain weight after pregnancy. They also gain when on birth control pills or estrogenic therapy. If your body responds to estrogenic by putting on weight, use the same weight-loss strategy as for people who are genetically fat, but expect to take longer to lose extra pounds than someone without this tendency. If you’re on birth control pills or estrogenic therapy, discuss alternatives with your doctor. The good news is that your excess weight is not as harmful to your health as weight in other parts of the body (excess fat around the waistline increases the risk for many diseases). Maybe it’s time to revise your self-image to include fuller hips and buttocks.

Be Realistic

The majority of people are not overweight because of genetic problems. Most people who diet think they’re eating far less and exercising far more than they really are.

Work with a dietician to realistically assess your calorie intake and exercise program and to set a healthy target weight for your body type and genetic background. Before beginning any weight-loss program, get a thorough physical exam to make sure that there’s no medical problem that would be made worse by dieting.


September 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

10 Tips For Speeding Up Your Metabolism

Weight management is a balancing act between taking in calories and burning them up. New research suggests that the way your body burns energy may be at least as important as how much you eat. Try these tips for keeping your body’s idle speed high.


When you deprive yourself of food, your body reacts protectively against an ancient threat: famine. Your resting metabolic rate — the calories you burn just to keep your body going — drops to a lower level to conserve energy. Your body works harder to preserve the food it gets by storing it as fat. That’s why people who regularly diet have higher percentages of body fat than nondieters. Instead of counting calories, focus on cutting back on the fat and sugar in your diet.


Exercise helps you lose weight in several ways. It raises your resting metabolic rate, thus offsetting the lowering effects of dieting and helping you burn more calories even when at rest. Strength training is especially important here because it increases the amount of muscle you have. And, muscle cells burn more calories than fat cells.


After 30 minutes of low-intensity exercise — walking, bowling, gardening — your body begins to burn stored fat for energy.


Choose high-energy exercise — such as walking, bicycling, cross country skiing, swimming, step aerobics — that gives your arms and legs a good workout.


Your body gets efficient at doing the same exercise day after day and you burn fewer calories. Try alternating gym workouts with outside activities. Or, change your routine every six weeks. You’ll burn more calories — and you won’t get as bored.


People who skip breakfast burn 5 percent fewer calories than those who eat a healthy morning meal.


Both may inhibit the loss of abdominal fat. That’s why drinkers and smokers tend to be bigger around the waist than abstainers.


The evidence is that women’s bodies burn more calories between ovulation and menstruation. That’s why sugary snacks look so good then. Don’t starve yourself, but if you can resist the cravings for high-energy foods, your body will burn fat stores for energy.


Your body is very efficient at turning the fat you eat into body fat. It takes a lot more energy to turn carbohydrates into fat. That’s why cutting back to less than 30 percent of your calories from fat can help you reduce your body fat more than just cutting total calories.


Studies show that eating only one or two large meals tends to lower your resting metabolic rate. Make sure you eat three small meals and a healthy snack or two.

September 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

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