Shattering Public Speaking Jitters
in public speaking? Or as a student, do you hate oral presentations?
and I reflect on how much I love sharing with women, it occurs to me that not everyone
enjoys public speaking. If that is you, or if you simply wish to polish up
those skills, may I let you in on five things that will shatter your public
speaking jitters, and revolutionize your communication skills?
and hard work to learn, research, accumulate statistics, dig into God’s word,
and cite other experts that will enrich your listener. In my ministry I want my listeners to walk away from our sessions with a rekindled flame in their
walk with God, in their marriage and family, and in their spheres of influence.
And they’ll have the tools, resources and passion for the next steps.
you have to say is important and will revolutionize marriages, or transform the
way people think about their sexuality, for example, — or whatever YOU talk
about– then go back to step one: Bring quality and expertise. Research your
topic until you have quality information that is vitally important to your
hearers. Once you are convinced of its value, your delivery and demeanor will
automatically reflect your passion, pathos and ethos.
speaking engagements, I love to find out more about each group I am going to: their
needs, the group’s origins, their passions, and the topic they choose from my speaking selection. Then I spend the weeks and months before my sessions,
praying for these women. Lifting up their particular MOPS groups, retreats,
homeschooling co-ops, camps, or banquets, I spend regular time in prayer for
them. I love how God gives me a love for them that wells out of me when I speak
to them later that year, and it eliminates any jitters.
a presentation. The protein gives your brain a boost of clarity and alertness,
clearing any fog or verbal stumbles. Watch your caffeine intake on an empty
stomach too, since it will cause hand tremors and nervous-looking shaking – not
something that increases your professional demeanor.
5.) Still nervous? Breathe in squares. Speaking consultant from
Next Step Speaker Services, Amy Carroll, instructs speakers on the highly-practiced, four-part
breathing technique that renowned public speakers use nationwide. Breathe in
for four seconds. Hold your breath for four seconds. Breathe out for four
seconds. Wait four seconds, repeat.
So, to shatter those jitters for
your next business presentation, homework assignment, or ministry workshop:
bring quality, be convinced, think of your audiences’ needs, watch your protein
and caffeine, and breathe in squares, when needed.
My favorite parts? Getting a chance
to pray for women across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and more; and then seeing
God light up women’s eyes as they think about their walk with Him, their
marriage and family, and their spheres of influence. What a treat to be part
What are some speaking tips you’ve
appreciated over the years? Or, what excites you?