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Many people do not like speaking in public, even though it can be an effective way to grow your business, to teach, and even to make money as a public speaker. It might surprise you to know that some people who have to speak in public, from politicians to businesspeople, find it terrifying. Those who are just getting into this arena, especially those who are introverts might already find their palms starting to become slick with sweat just from the thought of standing in front of a room or a hall and speaking. Yes, it can be frightening. However, you can find some good ways that you are going to be able to deal with the pressures.
If you want to, or have to, speak in public, you will find that one of the most important things is going to be preparation. When you have all of the preparation that you need, you will be more confident. Have notes, but to not read directly from them. They should be a way to keep you on track. They might also include some data that you would not be able to remember. Another thing that you are going to want to do in order to prepare is practice your talk in front of others. If you do not have others to practice for, a mirror is going to work in a pinch.
Visit the room where you are going to be giving the talk if you have the chance to do so beforehand. Stand in front of the podium and learn the room, so that it doesn’t seem like an alien structure when you have to give your talk! Make the room your territory, your house, to give you more confidence.
Watching other speakers on video can be a good way to learn more about the nuances of public speaking and to see how an actual audience reacts to talks in real time. Of course, taking speaking classes is another surefire way to get better and to gain more confidence as a speaker. The classes are a great method for you to improve your skills and to practice with real people.
Know your strengths and weaknesses, and remember to smile at the audience! Even though you might never truly enjoy getting up and speaking in front of a crowd, you can get better at speaking in front of others. Do you have any tips for getting better at speaking in public?
There’s an ongoing debate about the differences between coaching and mentoring that may never end. Distinct differences remain somewhat elusive, but the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide.” It only follows that mentoring would be defined as the act of counseling or guiding another.
What we think about mentoring often brings up visions of long ago — the wonderful and wise “old sage” sitting next to the young, eager beginner passes on the secrets of success. It’s a nice story that’s been told through books and movies. Maybe you’ve even heard them from grandparents or great grandparents. They are fascinating and inspiring stories, to say the least.
According to Wikipedia, the source of the modern use of the word mentor (referring to a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, or more experienced person) can be traced to a 1699 book entitled “Les Aventures de Telemaque”, by the French writer François Fénelon.
Perhaps the mentoring debate continues because we’re hanging onto that beautiful notion. But the world is moving at a much faster pace today. The style of a lifelong mentoring relationship has little room in today’s hectic and much more transient world. Not that those kinds of relationships only existed in the past. There may be traditional mentor–mentee arrangements to this day, but they aren’t the norm. Even those that volunteer to mentor kids don’t sign on offering long term mentoring. It’s still very valuable to the kids!
Professional mentoring and coaching offers strategies, techniques, tools and resources based on solid successes through hard won experience just like it has always been. Mentoring still brings forth crucial insight, advice and a deep sharing of knowledge today.
All that can be gained through mentoring shaves years off the amount of time it would take to acquire the same depth and breadth of understanding on your own.
That’s why a great many entrepreneurs rely on mentoring for the shortcut to success they seek. Most don’t have just one person to turn to for mentoring; they have several. I have several.
Mentoring can be long-term or short-term; work, interest or life oriented; in person or across the world. What was once a one-on-one, face-to-face relationship has changed with the times and technology.
Why should anyone settle for a mentor just because they’re close by, when a more qualified person may be across the country and have the exact kind of knowledge that’s needed? We aren’t bound by location anymore. Technology has changed the world in many, many ways – including how mentoring is done.
What’s your take on mentoring? Are you willing to weigh in on the debate? Do you think of mentoring as it was in centuries past or do you think times have changed how we relate to each other on many different levels?
I’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject. Chime in below. Go ahead.