Many people would rather die than speak in public. In fact, public speaking is one of the three greatest fears according to some surveys, the other two being fear of death and fear of snakes.
So we can imagine the plight of somebody who is always in the public eye and has to live with a debilitating problem like stuttering.
This is the subject of the Oscar-winning movie, “The King’s Speech“.
How to lead England if he couldn’t speak commandingly to even a small group?
After visiting an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue, the King goes through intensive successful speech to his nation.
Despite all today’s interactive media and online meetings, in politics and in business people still need to appear in personif they want to make the most effective pitches for ideas, products and services, and not only be able to convince audiences but also to engage and entertain them.
We believe that anybody can learn to be a great presenter and to put on a persuasive show, and we have identified the four basic ways to achieve that goal if you are the one who is center-stage and not as confident as you need to be:
Know and have faith in your message
Understand well the content of your presentation and know the knowledge level of your audience so you can tailor your remarks to your listener.
Only after accepting the help of Elizabeth, his wife, and Lionel, the therapist, did Albert overcome his biggest fears and learn to speak well and lead his country with excellence. If you know you’re not the greatest public speaker, don’t hesitate to ask for help to improve your performance.
Take the time to master your fears
Not only did King George VI spend long hours working on overcoming his fears, even an icon like Steve Jobs used to rehearse many hours before going on stage for a product introduction. So, to be a successful presenter, roll up your sleeves and spend the time it takes to learn how to command your own stage. Training, coaching, and training again!
Be Emotionally Balanced
Exercising self-control is essential to any successful persuasive performance. So banish any thought that makes you anxious, like:…”if I falter, if I forget one important thing, they will reject me and my idea”.
Since all action begins in the mind, just focus on being successful and on nothing else.