Friday, June 11, 2010

Blog carnival: How do you start up again in public speaking?

You've already got experience speaking...maybe even lots of experience. But it's been a while since you last spoke, and for some reason, you're reluctant or nervous about starting up again. Perhaps it's the size of the group or the style of speech that's the challenge, something you haven't tackled in a while.

If this sounds like you, you're not alone.  Trainees and readers bring this question up on a regular basis.  They want to know how to make the transition, what to practice--knowing that they already know the basics--and how to prepare.  The nerves feel different to them, so should the solution be different?

To find out, I'm convening what's known as a "blog carnival," and asking for two kinds of responses:
  1. From bloggers who write about public speaking (whether you are a speaker or a trainer), I invite you to create a post on your own blog about this topic with your best advice for speakers who want to start up again.  Send me a link at info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz to your post no later than midnight Eastern Time on June 30, 2010, to be included in the carnival.  Feel free to pass this along to other bloggers you think can contribute. 
  2. From readers who don't have a blog, post your thoughts and experiences in the comments here or on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook.  Again, post your suggestions and tips by June 30 to be included in the roundup.  Be sure to identify yourself as either a speaker or as a coach or trainer.
I'll pull together a summary post linking to the collection of thoughts, tips and inspiration that result.  I'm looking forward to your insights!

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