Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking w/ Expert Jill Vanderwood [GaptoothDivaRadio]

Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking

Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking

Jill Vanderwood authored a book, “Shaking behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking” shares her ten point plan on facing the fear of public speaking and learning to get in front of the microphone. She will deliver the information you need to face your fears and get into public speaking.

Before becoming an expert, Jill was a proud grandmother and mother. Learning to overcome her fears in her fifties, she decided to go to toastmaster to learn how to prepare to conduct her own workshops and train on overcoming her personal fears of speaking in front of people. She credits toastmaster in getting her prepared, as she says the toastmaster programs forced you to “always be on”.

Jill says it’s important to practice public speaking, because you may be faced with personal terror and fear causing you to freeze and forget what you want to say in front of your audience.

Jill credits toastmaster training for changing her life and keeping her from depending on her notes, which often fell on the floor causing her to lose her page and her place. She has spoken to rehab facilities, writers, boys and girls clubs, and many other organizations. She says her desire to transform her abilities.

Always says yes to the opportunity to speak – If you don’t say yes, you may never get that opportunity again. If you were asked, then they want you. Say yes, then figure out what you want to say.

Jill’s Ten Point Plan

Think of Something that Scares You Even More than Public Speaking

Jill decided that since she was so afraid of public speaking, she needed to find something she was even more afraid of to overcome it. She decided to go skydiving, as a grandmother, she jumped from 25,000 ft. in Utah, which gave her the fearlessness to talk in front of people by taking her mind off of public speaking. Jill says that if she could do that, public speaking was nothing.

Find a Toastmasters club in your area

A group of people who assist each other in developing their public speaking skills. When you first go, you have ten speeches to give that are timed, to give you the skills to prepare you to engage the audience, use props and charts, and learn something new each time. Jill compares these groups to AA, there to help you.

Put together an Outfit that you know Looks Good

This is to avoid the feeling of insecurity or feeling uncomfortable in front of the group that you are trying to deliver the message to.

Know your Materials

Jill suggest being well prepared and knowing what you want to speak about. Know your topic and be passionate about what you are speaking about. Don’t rely on memorizing anything, when you know it, you know it

Don’t Depend on Notes

It’s easy to lose your place, so don’t depend on your notes. Have structure, but don’t rely solely on looking at your note cards, when you commit your topic into memory and are passionate, you can focus on the bullet points and steer you along a structured path of what you are speaking on.

Don’t Rely on PowerPoint Presentations

Something can wrong with the PowerPoint, so remember the structure that you set prior to the presentation. Always have a backup in case of emergency failures. If someone is controlling your PowerPoint, they can also go way too far, too slow, or too fast. Have print outs that you can pass out. It’s important to have something visual.

If you feel Nervous in the Beginning, Use something to break the Ice

Jill suggest having the group introduce themselves (if the group isn’t too big), she uses this technique to take some nervousness off of her. Jill also suggest calling on people in the middle of your talk, to give yourself a break, keep the audience engaged and paying attention, and time to look at her notes.

Have an Exercise or Audience Members Engage with Your Talk

I asked about audience members not wanting to participate, Jill suggest having someone set in the beginning of your speech that will be comfortable with you calling on them. Have them have a question ready to get the rest of the audience ready and unnerved about asking their own questions.

Watch Videos of Great Speakers until you Find Your Own Niche

Jill says by watching established speakers and lecturers, she developed a sense of confidence and learned various techniques on speaking and delivering a message to a large group of people.

Jill dishes on the most common mistakes that she sees, such as saying “ah, uh, and um” or reading the entire talk without actually looking at the audience at all. She realized with these two examples that she could be a way better speaker, as these tactics did not keep the audience engaged or paying attention.

Jill tells a story of a man who had read her book, who felt that many people could benefit from learning how to deliver a speech, something that she admits that she did not expect.

Jill’s book “Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking”, a book compiled by Jill who interviewed experts, people struggling with fear of public speaking, and those who sought unconventional methods on dealing with this issue. This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobles, and via her personal website, http://www.JillVanderwood.com

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Jill’s book “Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking”, a book compiled by Jill who interviewed experts, people struggling with fear of public speaking, and those who sought unconventional methods on dealing with this issue. This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobles, and via her personal website, http://www.JillVanderwood.com

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