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Why? Because you are not as beautiful as you want, you don’t know how to tell jokes, you are shy, you are boring, you have a physical handicap, you have a speech impediment, etc.

Don’t waste your time and ours. Run away from stage. Period.

Wrong.

Change your mindset. Audience is not there for you. You are there for THEM. Change the focus from you to them. You are there to help them. You have somethingspeakschmeakheader2 to share. Forget what is “limiting you”.

I found an interesting testimonial from speech coach Lisa Braithwaite. Is a  speech impediment an impediment? She has a lisp and it has never impeded her progress as a speaker.

As she says: “we all have insecurities”. But, it is a part of our uniqueness. Don’t let it paralyze us. Good testimonial.

In the last days, there was a big buzz around BritSusan Boyleain’s Got Talent Susan Boyle. She is more “the girl next door” than a top model.

That did not stop her. She went to the show and blown away the judges and the audience whit her talent. Wow! What a good signer.

Click on the picture to see and hear her.

Get over your imperfections and your fears. Think that you are there to help the audience.

 

Share with me: What did you conquered or fought to give speech?
Source: Lisa Braithwaite blog, Susan Boyle on YouTube

 

UPDATE: A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back. A blog post of Zenhabits. (via Guy Kawasaki on Twitter)

 

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Yesterday, i attend some conference at lunch time. The young women sitting next to me wasn’t eating. She looked preoccupied.

When she got up, left the table et started her presentation, i understood why she wasn’t eating. She was the speaker and she was nervous to speak in front of a group of people.

In fact, she was noticeably nervous during her presentation, but wow, she delivered! She started slowly with her personnel story. Speaker, Woman, Buterfly iStock_000004776255XSmallShe went to London to study (she’s living in Quebec, Canada). Etc.

But then, she started to talk about what she lived there, her day to day life, her discovery, her emotion. We could almost be there. We we’re earring the sound of the bird went she sat in the park.

At the end, when she said that her dream was over, she had to return home, we felt the emotion in her voice. And we felt the emotion in our heart.

She did a wonderful presentation. She touched us. And that’s the greatest presentation i assisted in a long time.

When she sat back next to me, the nervousness was gone. She was able to eat.

Share with me: What presentation did you gave or assist that carry real emotions?

 

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