Lessons for Public Speaking–Talk slowly and don’t “make shit up”

Therapist David Reynolds says: “When people tell you they don’t fly because they’re afraid of flying, you need not believe them. They don’t fly because they don’t buy airline tickets.”

Lesson Learned: 80 % of success is just showing up –Woody Allen

Take it slowly. When we are nervous we tend to talk too fast and “make shit up”. Get a videotape of one of your presentations to see how you did — you may be surprised at the pace and honesty of your talk.

Lesson Learned: Take a deep breath, pause and speak as you do in ordinary conversation. Telling the truth, such as saying you don’t know something builds credibility.


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