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Mahatma Ghandi

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Smart Remarks Weekly Digest

March 16, 2020

Core Competency: Communication

Public Speaking – Flip Your Mindset

“Public Speaking…those two words instill fear in many people.  But whether we are comfortable with the idea or not, we will likely be called upon to present to a group at work, no matter our role.  This could include sharing a progress update in a daily stand-up, presenting a new idea in a team meeting or delivering a formal training to a larger audience.  Yikes!

We’re familiar with the standard advice…breathe, slow down, articulate, prepare, practice…all great ideas.  But this tip is a little different, encouraging us to place the focus away from ourselves and on the audience.

Flip Your Mindset To Ease Your Nerves

Even the most seasoned speakers can get nervous prior to presenting. The most effective way to take the pressure off of you is to change your mindset and think about your audience rather than yourself or the speech. 

Remember that you are there to provide them with valuable information and if the audience members leave with one or two new items, reminders or a new perspective, you have made it worth their while. Focusing on being helpful or in service of the audience, instead of on yourself, can help you to relax.”

To Your Success!

Excerpt from: 5 Easy Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker – Fast