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Monday, November 26, 2007

Intimidating Audiences Can Create Nervous Public Speaking

I hear over and over again from clients that they are comfortable speaking in front of their colleagues, clients, or staff, but when it comes to speaking to their supervisors, or people in positions higher than them, they get intimidated. They feel like they don’t have anything of value to offer them. They tend to put these superiors on high pedestals. But later realize, that is silly.

I know a teacher who was in this situation very recently. She was told at the last minute that her audience members were higher level positions, when she thought otherwise. At first she froze and got really scared. She thought to herself "what can I tell them that they don’t already know." But she went on and gave her presentation. The feedback she got was outstanding and she was amazed!

Don’t be afraid to speak to an audience with your superiors or higher level positions. They want to hear from you, they want to learn from you, and they will benefit from your presentation.

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