Whenever you speak and someone is listening, you have the opportunity to influence and inspire. Being influential and inspirational... that's very sexy!
The intent of this Course is to make it simple to learn a number of tips and techniques that will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to feel good about presenting in front of a group. It does not cover every possible thing that a speaker needs to know or might face in a long life of speaking. It does provide a solid basis in the speaking skills you need to have to appear proficient and professional in front of any size group.
What you’re getting:
The Speaking Tips you’ll find here are variously philosophical, psychological and hands-on practical. You can begin with Lesson One and proceed straightforward to Lesson Ten, or you can skip around and do them in any order that feels comfortable. Although I’ll tell you right from the get-go: if you skip any lessons, you’ll miss out on acquiring speaking muscles you really need to be the unique & sexy public speaker you can be!
Each Lesson includes an explanation of a basic Speaking Technique. Don’t worry, they’re not difficult. And they’re short!
Each Speaking Technique is followed by a few Tips emphasizing its key elements. Each Tip restates a specific point in the Lesson to make it simple for you to memorize them if you want to.
The Tips are followed by Questions to ensure you understand how the technique works and know why it’s important. It’ll be most effective if you can answer the Questions in your own words. You can paraphrase or repeat what you’ve learned verbatim, Whichever learning technique works best for you is the one to use.
At the end of each Lesson you’ll find one or more Exercises to help you perfect your skill. You can practice them on your own or with friends or colleagues. I recommend practicing them in front of a group. Not only will the technique become a trusted part of your speaking arsenal, working with a group will give you valuable practical feedback which in turn will help you feel comfortable in front of other audiences.
If you’d like some help, you can always email me and I’ll answer your questions quickly and personally. My goal is to make sure you feel satisfied with what you’re learning and to troubleshoot any difficulties you may have if you don’t.
For the past 18 years I've been a speaker's coach, speaker, speechwriter & author helping CEOs, entrepreneurs and executives of all stripes become better leaders by being better speakers. I've written speeches for business conferences, commencement exercises, weddings, birthdays, holiday and retirement parties, bar/bat mitzvah parties and memorial services. My book "Secrets of a Unique & Sexy Speaker" is available on both my websites, marionclaire.com and speakingissexy.com. .
Whoever you are, whatever your background, history or experience, you can become a calm and confident speaker. No matter how reluctant you are to get up and shine in front of a crowd, you can overcome your fears.
I know this is true because I was once terrified of getting up on a stage and letting people see who I was.
For more than twenty years, I suffered from agoraphobia, that debilitating illness which makes some people so afraid of the outside world that they never leave the house. It’s defined as ‘agora’, the Greek word for the marketplace, and ‘phobia’, fear. In our modern times, it means fear of being anywhere that you don’t feel safe.
Standing before a group, no matter what the occasion, can feel like a very dangerous place. Many people feel naked or exposed, afraid they’re being judged and found unacceptable, unable to impress the audience or convinced that their listeners are not interested in what they have to say. These feelings often show themselves in a rapidly beating heart, shakes and shivers, dry mouth and throat, difficulty swallowing, weakness in the knees, inability to concentrate, forgetting something important, and many other uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms.
At the worst of my agoraphobia, I experienced most of these feelings when I walked out the door of my home. I couldn’t even stand in line at the corner supermarket without experiencing heart flutters, the shakes and claustrophobia, all symptoms of a generalized panic attack. I was a shivering mess. No way was I going to stand up in front of a group of strangers and make a speech!
The good news is, I got over it. It took time and effort, but using the speaking techniques in this course (and other therapies), I learned not to be afraid to ask the world to pay attention to me in spite of all my imperfections. Today I speak in front of groups of all sizes, shapes and interests. If having a calm and confident presence before any size audience is your goal, “How to Be a Confident Speaker: 10 Effective & Simple Techniques" will give you the skills to help you.