Write a powerful, cohesive speech, create a unique "prompt" that you can use to begin any speech for the rest of your career, know what to do if you forget part of your speech or accidentally repeat a part of your speech, and learn how to use gestures effectively.
If the possibility of speaking in public terrifies you, please know that you are not alone. Estimates of "glossophobia," or fear of public speaking, are as high as 75% of the general population. However, if you are preparing to take the stage, even that number won't calm your nerves.
Let us share something with you, an "insider" perspective: even the most experienced, best-prepared speakers feel like their knees are knocking during a public presentation. One of our speaking coaches, who has spoken before nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. and U.K., still gets nervous, and she's still tempted to walk off stage before a "big" speech. It's natural. It's a reminder that you know what you are doing matters.
So let's get you prepared for every public speaking opportunity that comes your way, whether you are speaking in front of a small group, delivering a TED talk, or speaking before thousands. You can do this!
Questions you might have about public speaking:
- How can I memorize my entire speech?
- What if I need to stop because I've completely forgotten what comes next?
- Where should I direct my attention when delivering a talk?
- How can I handle audience members who interrupt me or are busy on their phones during my talk?
- What are the best ways to start and end a speech?
- Should I stay behind the podium while speaking?
- How can I train my voice?
- How can I train my breathing and pronunciation?
- What about room insulation and background noise?
- How do I test my voice?
If you are more interested in vocal coaching to improve your voice or video coaching to optimize your video presentation, we offer those services as well.