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They say public speaking is the number one fear—even above death. But do you know where that supposed “fact” comes from?

It turns out it was popularized by a book written in 1977 citing a very unscientific research study.

While we debunk the number-one-fear myth in this episode, it doesn’t detract from the fact that public speaking can still be scary.

This episode is for you if you identify with any of the following:

1. You’ve never spoken before but want to know what to expect for the future when you speak someday.
2. You’ve been invited to speak and have a gig coming up soon.
3. You’ve spoken in the past and want some refreshers on how to prepare, overcoming common issues, and how to get more requests to speak.

You’ll hear some very practical techniques for minimizing fear and hear me share absolutely everything I’ve learned about speaking.

I focus on preparing for your speech, how to practice, delivery, slides, how much time to allocate to your introduction vs. your message, what to do if you freeze, and how to prevent freeze ups from happening in the first place.

Things You’ll Learn
  • Why fear is a good thing.
  • How to make it so the audience doesn’t seem like strangers.
  • Why you have a message even if you don’t know what that message is.
  • Why it doesn’t matter if someone has said your message before.
  • Why you should speak.
  • Why you shouldn’t memorize and what to do instead.
  • How to give the audience the right cues on how to feel.
  • What to tell people right up front.
  • Why the slides are not your message and what they’re for.
  • The importance of silence.
  • How to sound like you know what you’re talking about.
  • How to get the opportunity to speak.
  • When to repeat yourself.
  • How to win people over.
  • How to avoid the biggest mistake speakers make.

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