Recent Articles in Public Speaking Fear

November 28, 2022

Stage Fright: Understanding Your Anxiety Can Help You Manage It

Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

Performance anxiety is a reality for most speakers, according to psychologists. And they say it's not all bad. See how understanding the causes can help you avoid procrastination and be a more successful presenter.

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November 14, 2022

Tips for Teeing Up New Presentation Skills

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking Fear

Golf fans know even the best players struggle to incorporate improvements. Yet, we're quick to get frustrated when trying new public speaking skills. Try these tips to fast-track your learning.

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June 15, 2022

Ways to Practice When Public Speaking Isn't Part of Your Job

Presentation Tips , Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear

Even if you don't make presentations in the job you have now, you'll probably do more public speaking as your career advances. Here's how to be ready for opportunities coming your way.

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March 22, 2022

Presenting Under Pressure: Recovering When Things Go Wrong

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking Fear

Hit a pothole while making a presentation? Here's how to minimize the problem during your speech and how to bounce back for the long haul.

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February 8, 2022

Experienced Speakers: When Nervousness Surprises You

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking Fear

Nerves have a way of sneaking up on even the most experienced public speakers. Here's what you can do when you're surprised to feel a tad nervous.

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November 22, 2021

Public Speaking Fears: Look for the Helpers

Strictly Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf

Feeling nervous? Our founder says focusing on the right audience members can help you find your confidence AND make audience support go viral.

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October 25, 2021

Three gestures even reticent speakers can (learn to) love

Gestures & Body Language , Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Three Things

Even when gestures can bring a lot to a talk, not every public speaker is comfortable using them. Here are three gestures even the most reluctant presenter can embrace.

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October 18, 2021

Public Speaking Fears: Rehearse without going stale

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Strictly Speaking

Rehearsing helps you build confidence, but bored looks on the audience's faces can bring on a serious case of nerves. How do you practice and keep it fresh? Our founder shares his techniques...

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September 14, 2021

Public Speaking Fears: Write It or Wing It?

Public Speaking Fear , Strictly Speaking , Public Speaking

Writing a speech word for word can calm nerves and delivers other benefits, too. Our founder holds forth on the joys of not speaking by the seat of your pants...

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August 23, 2021

Power Posing: Where to find a quick confidence boost

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking Fear

From one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time to the most powerful woman on "Ted Lasso," here's a move that can make you a more confident speaker.

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August 12, 2021

Public Speaking Fears: Organizing to defy nerves

Public Speaking Fear , Strictly Speaking , Public Speaking

"Fear keeps steady company with the performing arts," writes our founder. Here's the first step in channeling those nerves...

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May 5, 2021

Calm Public Speaking Nerves: Let's talk about self-talk

Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking , Resources

Are you talking yourself out of succeeding and into a serious case of breathlessness and shaky knees? Whether you're going on stage or on Zoom, change your pre-presentation self-talk and see what happens...

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November 8, 2019

Job Requires Public Speaking: Will you take it?

Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

Will you pass on your dream job if public speaking is required? Here's what you can do if your presentation fears are holding you back...

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October 13, 2019

Public Speaking Nerves: How One High-Profile Speaker Copes

Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

She speaks to large crowds. She's used to hostile audiences. She's known for making bold statements. And she still gets nervous. Here's how this public speaker deals with it and what you can learn...

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September 13, 2019

How To: Project Confidence

How To , Business Communication , Public Speaking , Instruction , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking Fear

Most speakers want to appear confident. When you know what that looks like, you can project a more powerful stage presence—whether you're feeling it or not. Here's how...

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September 5, 2019

The King’s Speech: New Inspiration for Speakers Who Stammer

Public Speaking Fear , Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , Resources , Public Speaking

Eighty years after Great Britain's king overcame his stuttter to address the nation, his courage still provides inspiration to stammerers...and is helping them change perceptions about speaking in public.

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May 26, 2019

Reading Aloud: A shortcut to speaking confidence?

Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

We know reading aloud improves your public speaking. A barber says it's also a shortcut to conquering your fear. Read how he's helping kids find the courage to speak up.

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April 26, 2019

Three Things to Tell Yourself When You’re Nervous

Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

That voice in your head? Give it a new script! Try these lines to talk yourself into being a more confident speaker...

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April 17, 2019

Debating, Civil Discourse, & Better Public Speaking

Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard

Can building killer arguments lead to more civil conversations? College students on the lessons we can learn from competitive debate...and how it can refine your presentation skills.

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March 18, 2019

March Madness: Some Public Speaking Slam Dunks

Just For Fun , Public Speaking , Resources , Public Speaking Fear , Travel , Presentation Tips

March Madness fans are arriving in our neighborhood, hoping to see Zion Williamson, perhaps unaware they could improve their presentation skills while watching the big games...

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November 8, 2018

How To: Calm Public Speaking Nerves

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Instruction , How To

When you feel nervousness coming on, what's a speaker to do? Here's how to manage that I'm-on-next stress and keep nerves from undermining your presentation...

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January 4, 2018

Speaking to Lead: Recall what moves you

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips

She wasn't much of a talker until her job demanded it. Here's how Olympian and once-shy public speaker Dawn Staley finds her voice and how the same technique can help you...

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December 5, 2017

Sheepish Speaker Overcomes Nerves

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun

Two secrets for conquering public speaking nerves that New Zealand's champion sheep judges learn--and you can use them, too.

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November 20, 2017

Public Speaking Fears: Make A Game Plan

Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

How public speaking tripped him up and what you can learn from Duke's Grayson Allen about handling your nerves...

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May 1, 2017

Lessons from TED for public speaking

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Presentation Tips

How can a TED talk help you improve your public speaking? Buckley faculty Elise Partin gave one--and shares her tips from the experience.

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January 9, 2017

Make Yourself Bigger?

Resources , Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking Fear

We know audiences read body language. But what signals are you sending yourself with how you use your body? In one of the most popular TED talks of all time, Amy Cuddy explores how you can change your mindset by making yourself bigger.

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