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“According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” - Jerry Seinfeld, (American television Actor and Comedian, b.1954)

And that’s happened so many times. People get before groups, believe it or not, and they are fearful of public speaking. It all starts with you. You have to maintain your composure, you have to be in total control of what you are presenting.

Practice makes perfect

How in the world do you do that? Simply, you need to practice. If you realize these statistics are true and you know that your living is based upon speaking, then you're going to need to practice. You are going to confront, ultimately through practice, those things that you need to do to make yourself a communicator that is second to none. Addressing the fear that you have --- then your fear becomes non-existent. So, you are going to learn the basics of how you are going to put together a presentation that is second to none. We are going to learn more each time you practice--- whether it’s going to be a motivational presentation, or it’s going to be a persuasive presentation. Those presentations are the ones successful speakers use to get their point of view across to bond with the audience. A lot of times, people get together, they make good presentations yet they haven’t bonded with their audiences.

What is the next thing you need to do?

If you don’t have someone introducing you to an audience, you have to bridge that gap from where you are to where you want to be and bond with those listeners. And when people bond with you, there is an immediate connection. Once you have that connection, you have cleared the first hurdle. After you have cleared that hurdle, the next thing you have to do is give them something of what they want. You must know the answers to, "What do they want?" and "What do they need?" Your job is to build this relationship so that you can give them exactly what they want and give them what they need. You are going to have to practice this presentation several times. Practice it a sufficient number of times to make sure that it is moving, it is professional, and it does meet the needs of your audience. That is what success in speaking is all about, making sure you are communicating with, and satisfying the needs of, your audience.

 

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