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Why are people so fearful about speaking in public?

Andrew Keogh - Connect 2 Grow

Speaking in public is the number one fear, rated above death in numerous surveys over the years.

We have all met the so-called experts who are happy to give advice to people who speak in public or who are about to speak in public, in spite of the fact that they would never do so themselves.

The advice proffered by these so-called experts is usually negative e.g. slowdown, speed up, speak up, don’t mumble, stop moving or  start moving.

They call this constructive criticism which is criticism with the word constructive in front of it; in my experience coaches and trainers are as guilty of this type of advice as anybody else.

My Advice (Andrew Keogh)

My first piece of advice to anybody about to speak at an important event, Continue reading

TEDx Belfast Women invites Andrew Keogh

Recently I was invited to speak at TEDx Belfast Women on the theme of ‘Invented Here’ and I thought what could be more appropriate than to speak on the subject of improved communications. The title of my talk was  ‘The Gift of the Gab’  it’s something we are particularly good at in Ireland.

So if you wish to improve your Leadership and Communications skills please watch my talk, it’s 10 minutes packed, with stories and good advice.

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Speaking in Public will advance your Career

Fear of Speaking in PublicWhy is it that people are so fearful of speaking to groups? I have a chief executive who has paid me for one-to-one coaching and yet keeps cancelling every appointment we make to meet up and get started? 

I have people who I meet in companies I work with, who keep saying to me, I need to work with you, I need to do your programme, I need to engage with you, but they never do! 

If they feel the need to do this and yet they don’t engage with me or somebody else why is that?

Let me tell you my theory on why people are fearful of speaking in public! Continue reading

Ten Top Tips when preparing a presentation

Top Ten

  1. Find out about your audience i.e. age profile, gender mix, business etc.
  2. Ask yourself as a result of my talk what do I want my audience to do,  more of, less of, stop or start.
  3. Decide what is the key point you want your audience to take away from the presentation.
  4. Decide on an exciting opening that gets the audiences attention; fail to do this and you struggle for the rest of the presentation.
  5.  Devise a really high impact closing statement that leaves them in no doubt as to your message. Continue reading