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Ways to Reduce Fear in Public Speaking

March 19th, 2011 No comments

My Next Speech: Ways to Reduce Fear in Public Speaking

Thursday April 14, 2011 — 6:00 p.m.

Jane/Sheppard branch of the Toronto Public Library (1906 Sheppard Ave W)

Standing up to speak in public tops the average person’s list of ‘Life’s Most Dreaded Activities.’ It certainly did for me — for much of my life. My childhood dream was also my worst nightmare! Yet, statistics also reveal that oral communication skill is a reliable indicator of success in work and joy in life.

Now I’m an award-winning inspirational speaker. My two most popular speeches are ‘If Only Sleep Would Last Forever’ (a presentation on depression and also the title of my second book) and ‘Ways to Reduce Fear in Public Speaking.’ How did I go from nearly falling flat on my face from fear to a confident coach? My answer to that question is very encouraging for anyone struggling to put a speech together and to make their butterflies ‘fly in formation.’

Questions usually boil down to three: Will they like me? Will they be interested in what I have to say? Will they be able to hear me over the sound of my knocking knees and hammering heart?
Last winter a teacher at St. Paul’s School in Norwood contacted my speaking club for an experienced speaker to address the grade 4 to 8’s a few weeks prior to their public speaking contest. When my club recommended me (I’m a retired teacher and Advanced Communicator Silver Toastmaster), I had the happy privilege of meeting Mary Saunders. Following is part of what she said in an e-mail after my presentation:

I heard many positive comments from teachers of each grade and you certainly inspired many young speakers. Many students, directly after your speech, were very keen to work on and improve their speeches. I personally enjoyed your speech very much and really appreciated the connections you drew to the community and our school. Thank you again and again.

My goal

in my books, CDs and presentations is to share smiles, wisdom and encouragement. If you know someone who is struggling with oral communication (as I did big-time!), please invite them to this event. The meeting is open to the public. I hope to see you there.  Murray C. Watson


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