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Public Speaking

Many of the well-known quotations that routinely get slapped on coffee mugs and fridge magnets are just plain wrong. Someone must have come up with that profound line, but rarely was it Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Abraham Lincoln.
According to the GoForth Institute based in Calgary, 75 per cent of all businesses in Canada have less than 10 employees. More than ever, individuals are required to stand up and represent their personal brand product or service by speaking in front of others.
Although we've all probably had to face the fear of public speaking at some point in our lives, it's hard to imagine why anyone would put themselves through the torture of sweaty palms, a fast beating heart, tunnel vision and a host of other side effects all in the name of delivering a message.
Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Extensive evidence shows this belief in oneself has positive impact on performance. Research shows that self-confidence is a universal skill that anyone can learn with little effort, not an innate ability reserved for the elite among us.
I gave a speech at my Toastmasters club Wednesday night. The speech was a success, but I felt massively sheepish walking into the club. Why? Because I felt like there was an elephant in the room. What the elephant represented to me is the fact I was supposed to give a speech at the last meeting and I didn't. I bailed.
As Canada Day approaches, we may start to ponder our distinctive Canadian identity: Politely waiting for the crosswalk to change, devouring poutine at 4 a.m., and excessively apologizing for our existence.
Human beings are communal animals. We thrive when we're connected; when we feel a sense of belonging and interdependence. We hate the idea of rejection because it plays on our primal fears of being alone and perhaps unable to fend for ourselves.
Without a thorough understanding of your audience, an understanding of who they are, what their challenges are, and why they've come to hear you speak, your story -- and your speech -- will fall short of having the impact that can really engage them. The best content, the best stories, the best experience means nothing if the audience doesn't relate to it.
After years of attending and giving presentations, I believe few speakers are able to really get through to their audience using a "presentation" approach. This involves simply imparting information and expecting the audience to listen and retain it -- not very dynamic. Here are five tips to consider as you prepare for your next speaking engagement.
While I'm not an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, I choose my clients, control my hours and most importantly, do what I love. Here's what I did to position myself as a subject matter expert. It all started with an invitation to speak on social media at a marketing event.