Tips on How to Cope With Your Stutter – Oral Presentations/Public Speaking

Do you immediately start freaking out when you are asked to give a presentation at work or required to make a class presentation in school? Do you feel like such a situation is one of your worst nightmares because of the fact that you stutter? Would you avoid such situations at all cost? If so, what can you do to manage such situations in the best way you can? Here are some helpful tips for you which you can use during an oral presentation.

Actually before we get into that, let me tell you about a study.

In a study which was done for the general public, public speaking was rated as people’s #1 fear. It was rated higher than death! It is so obvious that this is a huge stress driving situation even for the so called “fluent” speakers, let alone people who suffer from stuttering.

I remember I used to have sleepless nights before a simple oral presentation in class or a work meeting. My mind used to solely focus on two things:

* what to do to avoid the situation… and in case there was no chance to avoid;

* how to totally hide my stutter or at least hide it as much as I can so I don’t make a fool of myself in front of others

…which both were extremely wrong by the way!

So anyways, back to the heart of today’s subject.

What can you do to be able to manage such situations in the best way you can? Here is a list of tips for you which you can start using immediately when it comes to giving a presentation as a person who stutters.

1) Make a humorous start and address your stutter with dignity and strength right in the beginning of the presentation.

2) Use a powerful voice tone. Avoid using a weak tone which will make you hold back.

3) Use a voice tone which is not monotone.

4) Role-play in a section if it is convenient for the specific presentation.

5) Make strong eye contact with your listeners.

6) Act as if you are confident and comfortable in your own skin, a bit on the “cool” side. Your physical state will definitely change your mental state… and both will reflect to your speech.

7) If you are working on a physical speech technique, make sure you use it all through the presentation.

8) Do not avoid any word. The more you avoid the worse it gets. The best way to defeat it is to face the feared word over and over again and prove yourself that you can say it.

9) If convenient, use humorous visual material in your presentation. That will ease the audience and you’ll feel more relaxed.

10) Focus on the outcome you want to get out of that specific situation, not what others will think about you if you stutter!

Try all or some of these the next time you face with a speaking situation where you are expected to give a presentation and see what kind of results you’ll get… and of course let me know because as I always say, the reason I am here writing this article is you and your success!

Business Presentations – What’s Your Personal Best?

Curious how to find your personal best in business presentations? Follow the lead of star performers and you can achieve greatness too.

Star performers share a single trait: they challenge themselves to always strive for their personal best. Whether in business, sports or the arts, masters are at the top of their game because they never stop seeking to get better.

For a professional role model for performance, consider Michael Jordan. Even if you’re not a basketball fan, Jordan was famous as the top player when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls. How did he stay at the top?

Jordan is known for continuously challenging himself. At the end of each season, word has it that he spent the entire off time picking apart his game. He never stopped looking for weaknesses, and how to get his game better.

The same goes for great painters, filmmakers, actors and dancers. Great stars work hard — and never stop. Find a personal role model and look further than your business, industry or professional area of expertise. Look to the arts, sports, and entertainment.

Who is your role model for inspiration?

While you may not have celebrity status in your industry, you can do the same practices. Set your own personal standards and never stop raising the bar.

Use these 3 tips to continuously dissolve obstacles and seek out your unique personal best.

Tip 1: Don’t Settle

Good is good. But it’s not great. Don’t settle for second or third when you could be first. Go for being the very best at what you do. The single trait that characterizes winners is never stopping or settling for “OK” performances.

A simple way to do this: after every single presentation ask yourself: what could I do better? Keep a journal. After every presentation, record your ideas and reflections. In the next presentation, adapt your delivery to include a specific improvement.

Tip 2: Invest in Learning

The single trait that marks leaders: investing in learning. Learning is a lifelong process — if you are committed to be the best you can be. You don’t have to be perfect or know everything right now. In fact, you will never know absolutely everything.

However, you can grow your skills and dramatically improve your ability to convince, influence and persuade.

Great performers know that learning takes many forms. Reading, studying, watching videos are all key components in a living plan for learning.

In addition to self-study, learn with teammates, mentors and coaches. One-on-one instruction is particularly helpful for interactive skills, such as facilitative presentation skills. An expert coach can show you new skills in seconds, which would never be obvious in weeks of reading.

Shoulder to shoulder instruction is often the fastest and smartest way to improve interpersonal skills. This type of coaching is also possible with direct contact with an expert coach – either in person or virtually.

With advances in technology, video feedback with an expert coach is a cost effective and quick way to get personal attention and immediately advance your skills. Consider personal presentation coaching as a smart option if you are serious about finding your personal best.

Tip 3: Make Mistakes!

The key in being the best is to encourage experimentation and accept failure. It sounds like a contradiction. But it’s not.

When you make mistakes, you learn. Plus, your learning is personal. It’s a visceral experience that no one can challenge or take away. You know in your gut — because you have lived through it.

The important things about mistakes:

First, fail fast.

Make mistakes quickly so you can solve problems. Push the edge to find out what does work – and what doesn’t.

Second, make new mistakes.

Don’t make the same mistake twice. By making different mistakes, you will quickly raise your personal standards.

Third, keep records.

Keep track of what you learn. Notice patterns and notice what works. This is absolutely essential if you are serious about achieving your personal best.

With these three tips you have a treasure map to the hidden land: your home-zone of best.

What do you notice? Your peak performance is always changing. It’s not a static zone of set standards and repeated behavior. Instead, it’s a living land in dynamic flux. By keeping your skills fresh you are constantly moving forward and finding your own greatness.

Develop your personal best presentation skills by constantly challenging yourself and working with a coach. With one-on-one feedback you can quickly find out how to win at presenting.

Loving the Present Moment

In today’s troubled times when everything seems uncertain it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going right and falling into the doom and gloom trap. Getting caught up in the fear narrows your vision and zaps your energy.

We cannot create prosperity when we are gripped with fear. Prosperity can only be created when you are in vibrational resonance with it. One of the quickest ways to increase your vibration and resonate with your vision of prosperity is to love what’s present at the moment.

How often do you stop and recognize all the things in your life that are right? Most people spend far more time focused on what’s wrong. What’s missing in that picture?

When you consciously stop, appreciate, and focus on the good, essentially loving what’s there, you feel better, which raises your vibration. Energetically you become a better match for more good stuff to come into your life. As you tune in to what’s right, you’re more alert to notice when things are going right creating a cycle of feeling good.

Have you ever had a day that starts lousy, you get up late, the dog runs away, your car acts up, by the time you get to work you’ve reviewed all the things that are not what you would like them to be and you’ve decided your life stinks. Then you open your purse and you find a love note your 6 year old left you, you just melt and the day is instantly better.

That’s what gratitude does for you. One simple gesture can shift your energy from low vibration to a higher vibration. There are many quick and easy methods to help you love what’s present or adapt an attitude of gratitude.

If you like the written word a gratitude list, where at least once a day you add 5 things to a running list, or a gratitude journal would do the trick.

If you’re more the verbal type try saying 3 things you’re grateful for at the dinner table or before bed name 3 new things you are grateful for, for the day.

If tactile things are more your style try a gratitude stone. Find a small stone and put it in your pocket, each time you touch it think of the things your grateful for. This usually results in at least twice a day focusing on gratitude. Women may find it easier to use a key chain or bracelet.

The more you love what is and express gratitude the easier it becomes and before you know it you’ll be grinning just because the sun is setting or because your son actually put the orange juice away. These seemingly small occurrences can yield big results as you become a vibrational match to what you want to attract.

Personally I think it’s much more fun to love what is than scowl at what isn’t ‘perfect’… yet. And I’m pretty sure you get fewer wrinkles!