Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Rapid Fire Speech: The Death of a Good Presentation
In light of tomorrow’s webinar on speech anxiety and a few speeches I’ve seen this week, I thought I’d take a moment to point out one of the biggest symptoms of anxiety, rapid speech. You’ve seen that speaker who just can’t find a place to take a breath. Then when they run out of air, it’s like they’re gasping for their last breath?
That’s because the nerves are winning! Take a look at this woman, don’t worry, I’ve paid her to make herself look bad. Can you find all of the things wrong with her speech?
Presentation Training_Rapid Speech (Watch in new window)
Rapid speech isn’t the only problem. Anxiety presents itself in many ways, and ultimately leaves you looking unprofessional, unsure, and unprepared. If you know you’re more inclined to “let’er’rip” when you get in front of a group, consciously build pauses into your speech or presentation, so you limit how fast you can actually go. Whether you write the word pause or simply place a red dot there, instead, building in a pause will help you and your listener, at the same time.
There’s still time to register for one of the upcoming speech anxiety webinars. Find one that fits your schedule.
Register for the Speech Anxiety Webinar January 25th at 10 a.m. EST
Register for the Speech Anxiety Webinar February 1st at 10:00 a.m. or Noon EST
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