Create A Workshop As A Strategy For Conquering Fear of Public Speaking

A modern day speaker addressing an audience through microphones

Courtesy Public Speaking Wiki: This young man looks a bit uncomfortable?

What is the #1 fear Americans try to avoid everyday? It is not flying, not going to the dentist, not heights, nor is it reaching 30 without a wedding ring. The #1 fear for Americans is public speaking. We hate to stand up and voice our opinions in front of people. This is odd considering the “loud Americans” tag we carry throughout Europe when people think of our countrymen.

The following information will provide a strategy for overcoming the fear of public speaking and it will illustrate the benefits of creating a workshop.

Workshops: A Strategy for Beginning Public Speakers

A great strategy to overcoming your fear of public speaking is to create your own workshop. A workshop allows the creator a far easier path as a beginning foray into public speaking:

Benefits of Workshops for Creating Confidence in Your Public Speaking

1. Participation: The majority of a workshop is speaker-audience participation. This allows the audience to interact and create content for the speaker. In turn this takes some of the pressure off the speaker

2. Memorization: Unlike keynote speeches or seminars which require large blocks of information memorization, workshops only really require that an introduction and setup be memorized

3. Notes: It is perfectly acceptable for the workshop facilitator to browse and refer to their notes while presenting their material.

Workshops are a creation of your own which become a tool for both you and your audience. The original idea is to create a tool which will deliver your “value” give. The Randy Pausch “head fake learning” value is that you learn about yourself, your ability to overcome obstacles, and your willingness to put yourself “out there.”

Benefits of Creating Your Workshop

1. Research makes you smarter. When you create a workshop you usually perform research

2. Writing your workshop becomes content for your blog or newsletter

3. Establish your public speaking platform

4. Instant exposure for you and your message

5. Opportunity to receive testimonials

7. Opportunity to receive Linkedin.com recommendations

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8 Networking Tips To Engaging Business Relationships

The new and most misunderstood skill set that employers are demanding today is the ability for their employees, new hires, and prospective hires to network effectively. Employers are looking for people who can engage, connect, and create business relationships. People are engaging online in social media networking sites as well as through offline real world channels.

Let’s examine the most difficult piece to networking–engagement.

We have discussed what Networking is Not: the Hard Sell. We have talked about what Networking Is: Giving Value. Now it’s time to talk about how to approach people when you arrive at your networking meeting or event: How to Engage.

What Does Networking Mean?

1. Networking means that you are willing to listen and create an open discussion.

2. It means you are acting authentically and genuine in your interest for another person and their business.

3. It means you want to create a connection and engage

Tips To Engage

Note: I will assume that you will dress according to the event you are attending, support good habits of hygene, and present yourself with your best foot forward

1. “Let’s Make New Friends” begin your event with a positive attitude that you will meet and engage

2. Name Introduction then Re-Focus means introduce yourself but do NOT launch into your elevator pitch. Instead politely re-focus the attention-recognition on the potential connection with a Question:

“My name is Dean Guadagni and you are? . . . tell me about yourself (name) and your business”

3. Shut Up and Listen

4. Concentrate and Focus so you may comprehend their message

Very Important: The biggest pitfall I face in networking is constantly analyzing a conversation, searching for connections with other people, our synergy, or strategies we may have in common. When I do this stream of conscious analyzation, I miss much of the message from my potential networking partner!

5. Note Interesting Points for follow up questions

6. Be Attentive make and hold eye contact, nod and give body language which signals to the speaker that you are listening and engaged.

Note: NEVER make the “Bar” mistake. What’s that you say-the bar mistake? You men know this one–the act of looking beyond the speaker over their shoulder scanning the room. NEVER EVER do that even if you are waiting for somebody to arrive. This is the kiss of death to any connection and it is interpreted as very disrespectful even if you did not mean to be disrespectful

7. Have Fun. I have worked as a janitor, run a jackhammer, laid asphalt, moved furniture, day laborer, door to door salesman, and a number of other horrific jobs while getting established in life.

Networking is NOT so bad especially if you think back to your worst jobs and tasks.

Consider the fact that you may just meet a new friend!

8. Recognition is so important. If you give people recognition by listening, asking genuine questions, showing interest, and connecting you will make networking what it is meant to be–new partnerships. Give people recognition, make them feel special because everyone has something special that they do, help people feel supported

Mainstream Media’s New Source For News, Opinion, And Content Is The Blogosphere

Blogburst blog contributor Daysha gets all the credit for writing a very compelling article on how the relationship between bloggers and the mainstream media is an ever changing landscape. Her fine piece “Blogger’s Influence on Print Media” was the impetus for this snapshot into the evolution of the blogosphere

Daysha’s research was based on a report by Cision billed as the “leading global provider of media monitoring, research, distribution, and evaluation services for PR professionals” released an article July 17 that “demonstrates the growing influence of blogs in the mainstream print media.”

The findings support the premise that mainstream media organizations and their writers mention and utilize blogs for their own stories and content generation. Simply put “we” are viable and important, and in many cases, more relevent than many mainstream media organizations

Discovery

1. “The Top 20 national magazines and newspapers mentioned blogs and bloggers 13,066 times in the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, according to Cision”

2. 2004 total year long mentions of “blogs” and “bloggers” totaled 795 times

3. 2005 total year long mentions of “blogs” and “bloggers” totaled 2,179 times

Mainstream Media Importance

“The stunning growth in blogger influence magnifies the importance of employing common sense when contacting bloggers”, according to Cision Executive V.P. Peter Granat

1. PR firm Brodeur Partners reported that in a January 2008 Survey the following results:

*Of 178 journalist contacted “57 percent said they read blogs at least two to three times per week”

*18% of journalist said “they spend at least one hour per day reading them (blogs)”

Ultimate EyeOpener

1. PRWeek/PR Newswire Media Survey revealed:

*40% of participating journalists employ blogs to find content topics for stories

Analysis

The mainstream media and it’s writers are recognizing the value of blogs as viable research tools, sources of new information, places to immediately measure reader opinion, and as a testing ground for their own opinions

What this means to bloggers:

1. Credibility with public and media

2. Media related exposure to mainstream media writers and editors

3. Possible mainstream media collaboration with writers

4. Recognition by public and professionals

5. Solidify Web 2.0 collaboration as the media platform for now and the future

6. Global Reach to a world wide audience

7. Instant measurability

8. Advertising monetization platform

9. Business marketing platform

10. Joint Branding opportunities