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Public Speaking Tips: How to Speak Without Being Tongue-Tied?


Whenever I coach someone on public speaking, they usually ask how I can speak so extemporaneously. They, ask, “How do you always know what to say?!”

Want to know how? Stay tuned…!

Hi, I’m Bryan Toder, The No Fear Guy, and if you want to speak extemporaneously, or “off the top of your head”, there’s a super-simple technique that I teach to my coaching students that you need to know.

And, I’m giving it to you for free. I call it the “Telephone Technique”.

When you talk on the phone, do you have a script ready-to go? Did you scribble notes on your sleeve? Did you throw up in the bathroom from “stage fright”?

I doubt it. You probably just picked up the phone and started talking.

When you talk on the phone, you don’t know what you’re going to say 10 or 20 seconds later, but… somehow you do, right?

Yes, it seems as if you always have something to say, right?

So, let’s say you have a project at work and you need to tell your boss and your peers about the progress of your project. Now, hopefully, you do know what you’ll be talking about; I don’t want you to lie or fake any information.

But, let’s say that you’ve been working on the project for weeks. You know it inside and out. Now, just pretend for a moment that your friend, Bob, called you and asked, “So, tell me about the progress of the project you’re working on.”

I can almost guarantee you won’t need Powerpoint slides, flowcharts or notes! You would, if you know what you’re doing, be able to just tell Bob what’s going on… right?

Any details (like flowcharts, data, etc.) can be on a screen or handouts, but what you need to say, can be said — as if you are talking on the telephone!

So, I want you to start practicing the Telephone Technique. Start small. Let’s say you need to give a short presentation to a small group. Pretend that you are on a speakerphone and talking to someone on the other end of the line.

Look at the people in the room, smile and just talk as if you are addressing someone on the phone who can’t see you. And… just TALK!

You can do it. You’ve been doing it for years!

Got a comment about this? Need some help or have any questions? Leave them in the comment section below! See you next Friday on Fearless Fridays at The No Fear Zone.

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