Wednesday, 13 August 2014

3 Tips to Build Your Confidence as a Speaker

Do you have a message, a passion, a fantastic business proposal but you are not confident that you can communicate and share with an audience? How do you build your confidence so that you can be an effective communicator and speaker when you need to be and not hours later on the way home – or even worse miss an opportunity to shine because of a lack of confidence?

Here are 3 tips that will help to answer those questions:

1.      Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way to gain experience. The more experience you gain the more confident you will become. Just getting up and speaking will help you to gain that experience. Whether it is to just say a few words of introduction or to give a speech it will help you to realize that the floor is not going to open up and swallow you. Every speech you give you can learn from and every speech you give will show you that the audience wants to hear from you – they are not going to throw tomatoes!  At least they haven’t so far!  Take the opportunities that come at network meetings to get up and introduce yourself.  Practice your communication skills by saying hello to the other members of your network groups – they won’t bite!  In fact they are probably wondering the same thing as you – how do I get the confidence to say hello and network.

2.     Accept that you do not have to be perfect –you just have to be you and share your message. This can be hard to start with but once you allow yourself to accept this it can be a big breakthrough for you. Once you acknowledge that it is okay to make mistakes and learn from them and become comfortable with whom you are, your confidence will grow.

3.     Ask for feedback from your audiences, from your friends and from your mentors.  The positive feedback you receive, and yes there will be positive feedback, will help build your confidence.  When you realise that people want to hear you speak it boosts that confidence tremendously and gives you a wonderful foundation to build on. Remember, that all feedback is valuable and keep in mind that even the not so positive feedback can be used to boost that confidence – they obviously enjoyed hearing you and want to help you take your speaking to the next level.  If they didn’t they wouldn’t have given any feedback.  How’s that for a confidence boost!!!

To get confidence speaking you have to speak – there is no other way to do it.  Start small and build on each occasion.  The more experience you get the more confident you become.  It is okay to not to be perfect – be yourself.  Get feedback the positive will boost your confidence and the not so positive will help you to grow to the next level.

And finally, have fun and enjoy your speaking and communication.

Trish @ Trischel

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

What's on at Trischel in August - Public Speaking, Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

August – the last month of winter – next month is spring renewal time -  Start planning your journey with Trischel  ....

Our August workshop for those in or around the Brisbane is:

20 August  -  Putting Stress Into Perspective – Stress Management Made Easy

 “Stress in the workplace is a growing concern for employees and employers in Australia. Figures show that while compensation claims made by Australian employees fell significantly between 1996 and 2004, the number of stress related claims almost doubled. Workplace stress can also impact employee productivity through increased absenteeism and presenteeism.”  Medibank Private August 2008

 Stress has a direct effect on the health of workers and the productivity of companies. More than 3 million working days are lost in the UK alone, and this trend is being followed in Australia. - But not all stress is bad for you! So why not learn more?

 Key Learning Outcomes
·       How to tell Good Stress from Bad Stress 
·       How to recognise the signs of stress in yourself and others 
·       Learning simple techniques to diffuse stressful situations 
·       Creating a stress free working environment 
·       Taking time out to smell the roses 
·        Positive thinking – a skill for managing stress

“Thanks Trischel, this was really informative. And I particularly liked the practical
suggestions.”  Melanie Richards – Putting Stress Into Perspective Workshop 

27 August  Interview skills and Positive thinking for Interviews 

Does the prospect of facing an interview cause you concern? Are you worried that you will never be able to do yourself justice? We can give you the confidence and techniques to turn the terrifying interview into a positive learning experience.

I feel that if I had known these issues I may well have gained my job at first tilt.  Would recommend this course – helps me put my interview feedback into good context to improve myself.  Anthony Malone

This course was concise and professionally delivered.  Most helpful.  Lisa Admin Assistant Brisbane City Council

Trischel will be at the following Network Events :

Hope to see you there – come up and say hello

6 August  Northlakes Networking  Sth African Expats Club 9.30am
13 August NRG Northside Aura CafĂ©  4.00pm

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What do I Say? - Faced with a Blank Page

One of the most asked questions we get from our clients, after how do I overcome my nerves; is What Do I Say – how do I put my presentation together?

I love the above quote by Jodi Picoult – it really answers the question.  Just start writing – start putting thoughts down on paper.  It doesn’t matter if they don’t make much sense. What you are doing is starting to get the creative juices flowing.  The more you write the more it will start to sort itself into words that flow and soon you will find yourself sharing the message you want to.

You may just start with words, ideas that pop into your head.  This is particularly useful if you have not been given a topic to present or if the topic is very broad.  As you jot the words down you will find a topic or a message that resonates - then you can start jotting down thoughts, words and sentences that support that message.

Before you know it you will find the creativity and the message flowing.  Then you can start editing, refining and rewriting.

Some thoughts to keep in mind when you start the editing and polishing –

  • Think about your audience – who are they?
  • What message do you what them to take away?
  • How long do you have to speak – as a guideline in a 10 min presentation you really only have time to cover 3 main points.  Any more and your message could be lost in too many words.

Once you have got the body of your speech written then you can craft a great attention grabbing opening and a concise challenging close.  However, that’s the subject of another blog for another day.

Have fun writing – and by the way this method works just as well if you are starting out on writing your first blog.

Trish @ Trischel

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