Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death.” - Jerry Seinfeld
If you have the fear of public speaking, you are not alone. You must first recognize what “fear” is. Fear is the anticipation of pain. Is your fear real or imagined?
Here are some great insights into Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking.

Steps to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking -  

  1. Fears – The fear of being judged, making a mistake, not measuring up, getting hurt either mentally or physically can get in the way of a good performance (speech, seminar, sales presentation, etc). Remember that people in the audience really want you to succeed. Nobody is standing there hoping you’ll be boring or bad. If you are coming from an authentic place, and you cover the material with clarity, you’ve won 3/4 of your inner battle with fear.
  2. Learn how to enroll and engage your audience - If you haven’t yet taken a professional development course on public speaking, consider finding a public speaking training course appropriate for your needs. Learning the art of public speaking can enhance your results in a boardroom, in a sales presentation, and even accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder. It is a must-skill for any executive and/or business owner.
  3. Practice - Find business organizations, networks and clubs in your area (such as Toastmasters) that can afford you the opportunity to practice. Remember to choose topics that you are already an expert on. Speaking on a topic that you are not familiar with will increase your stress, and impede on your performance.
  4. Use recording software - Record everything on your PC/laptop. Review it to see where you can improve. Have speaking pros attend your live presentation to give you feedback. Allow yourself the opportunity to learn more every time you go out.
  5. Remember, even the top professionals learn something new every single time they go out!

Ranji Trophy Surprise by Deepak

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar

The teenage cricketing sensation Deepak Chahar from Rajasthan has completely dismantled the whole of the batting line up Hyderabad on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy 2010-11.
He was simply unstoppable right from the start and everything related to the match that brought out the genius in him is now registered in records of the first class cricket.
He left every batsman of Hyderabad crying for help as he delivered 2 maidens in 7.3 overs taking 8 wickets at the cost of a meager 10 runs. He has found praise from all counters with Rajasthan Coach Harish Joshi said: “He has good length and line, and swings the ball both ways.”
As of now Maharashtra’s Vasant Ranjane still holds the record of a fantastic Ranji debutant with 9 wickets to his credit for 56 runs against Saurashtra in 1956-57, which Deepak Chahar just missed. But the debutant cricketer is bound to excel and has the ability to move the ball well in the air taking advantage of the conditions at hand.
He did not let any of Hyderabad players to reach a double figure in terms of runs and the son of a retired air force man has proved the selectors correct who spotted him in the Under-16 championships and chose for Ranji from the Under-19s team for which he has been playing for 4-5 years now.
Deepak stuck well in the 78 minutes 93 balls affair sending the team to the pavilion for 21 runs to boast of.
This terrific performance reminds of the previous records in the history of the game. It was in 1983 that Essex bowled Surrey out for just a total of 14 runs. Three cheers to the teriffic teen Deepak Chahar!!!