Public Speaking

Conquering Public Speaking Fear

Public Speaking – 10 Tips For Success

As many of my friends know, I am big fan of Jerry Seinfeld, in fact (I hate to admit) but I own most of the DVD’s of his famous TV comedy show. A great public speaking statistic was once made on national TV by Jerry Seinfeld, from the TV show Seinfeld, who found a poll that said that the number one fear for Americans was public speaking. Death was at number five. With this he joked that “…at a funeral, people are five times more likely to want to be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”

Now forgiving the statistical error Jerry made, public speaking is actually ranked at the top fear of many people, Americans included. From my own personal history, as well as some of the many tips I was able to find online, here are 10 tips for eliminating public speaking fears.

1. Practice right before you go to bed. My best tip to myself by far. Trying to memorize and practice what I have to say right before I go to bed really helps. On a scientific level, your brain works at night and whatever you process last (right before bedtime) sub-consciously becomes more familiar to you the next day! This tip has helped me tremendously, especially for presentations.

2. Be prepared. I envy people who can go up and stir the crowd up without any practice beforehand. But until I get there, knowing the material and speaking with authority on that particular subjects projects confidence, which in turn makes you less nervous while your up on center stage.

3. Use bullet points and do not memorize word for word. If you try to memorize your entire speech or presentation, that will make you more nervous! Instead focusing on memorizing bullet points has helped me since I can be a little more spontaneous, but at the same time, give me direction whenever I feel lost. Trying to memorize what you have to say word for word just makes you think more about what you have to say, which puts more pressure on yourself.

4. As I saw on a shampoo commercial where a guy tells his nervous professor to just imagine him naked to take away his fear of speaking, realize this: whoever your audience is, they want you to succeed. Even if you are very nervous, if you just stand tall you will look 90% confident. The fast heart beat, butterflies, and sweaty palms can’t be seen by the audience. In fact, they want to hear a good presentation, and most times, they will like you no matter what.

5. Smile. Smiling makes you happier and makes you more confident. Smile and try to gaze for familiar faces. This allows you to make a positive connection with your audience and takes your mind of of the “I can’t do this” thoughts.

6. Be enthusiastic. Even if its a boring business meeting or a boring school presentation, saying your part with fake enthusiasm will rub off…to yourself! Its like smiling except it you can do it for the entire duration.

7. Eat a lot of yogurt and nuts. Some natural chemical inside yogurts and nuts helps to calm you down. I find this works better than a glass of water, and just the fact of me eating it makes me psychologically more confident in myself.

8. Breathe. But don’t just breathe, breathe until your lungs are full. Make sure to get enough oxygen inside of you just in case you run into the good old shortness of breath. Rapid breathing is one of my main problems when I am in a public speaking setting, so I always make sure to take a couple big breaths right before I start talking.

9. Project a success image into your head right before you begin talking. I usually like to project myself confidently presenting to my audience, and when the time comes for me to begin, I will follow my projections to a T.

10. As the famous A.I. once said, “Practice? Practice? You wanna talk about Practice?” Yes, practice by yourself talking into an imaginary audience, practice to your roommates, your parents, siblings, friends, or even your dog. Practice puts the motion inside your brain, and when the actual time for your speech comes, your brain will already know what to say.

Of course, the best way to overcome your fear of public speaking is through public speaking classes. It is pretty much practice, just in a real setting. There are also many different self-help programs that aim to give you confidence and help you develop techniques to overcome anxiety and panic.

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Throught Leadership

Thought Leadership: Differentiating yourself in a crowded commodity field

How to Differentiate Your Business Using Thought Leadership

In today’s cluttered information environment, it’s not enough to just produce content and provide average products and services.
To stand out and differentiate yourself requires that you be a thought leader in your field.

This means vision, innovation, credibility, a depth of knowledge, at times going against popular opinion, being a person and company that people – particularly those within your industry – look to for answers and direction.

It means understanding and predicting trends, and knowing how to capitalize on them. It means recognizing patterns and connecting dots that others don’t see.

Differentiation is usually viewed horizontally, as simply doing things differently than your competitors, such that you are compared side to side.

But thought leadership is vertical, meaning you rise above peers and competitors.

Standard differentiation keeps you trapped in the commodity world, meaning you’ll constantly compete on price.

Thought leadership helps you transcend the commodity trap; people want more than your product or services – they want your depth of knowledge and unique insights. And because they trust your recommendations, you’ll sell more of your commodity.

How to Become & Be Viewed as a Thought Leader

1. Learn
Coasting or resting on your laurels doesn’t cut it. You’ve got to constantly be reading, studying, researching, attending seminars – in short, learning.

And this doesn’t just mean in your narrow field; true thought leaders are well-versed in a broad range of fields in order to see patterns and connect dots.

2. Align With Passion
Passion drives learning. If you’re not profoundly passionate about your business, you’ll never make it as a thought leader.
Through passion, wine aficionado Gary Vaynerchuck became a thought leader not just for his industry, but for the world at large with his book Crush It: Why NOW is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion.

3. Content, Content, Content
Thought leaders are content-producing machines. They use books, e-books, blogs, podcasts, videos public speaking — anything and everything to promote their passion and spread their message.
Seth Godin’s blog helps him sell books and secure speaking gigs. Roy H. William’s Monday Morning Memo establishes him as an expert and drives his advertising business.

4. Speaking, Training, Coaching, Consulting
Garrett Gunderson teaches clients innovative whole life insurance strategies, but his Freedom Fasttrack program is really what sets him apart.
As an established thought leader, you can command speaking and consulting fees. More than selling your commodity, you can sell your knowledge.

HOWEVER: DO NOT MOVE AWAY FROM YOUR COMMODITY.

We encounter this problem constantly – people want to escape the commodity trap, so they their business model shifts to information.

This is a mistake; your commodity is your primary economic engine. Go after the speaking and consulting gigs, but use them to drive business to your commodity. Take your fees as icing on the cake, but never confuse them with your primary economic engine.

For example, mortgage broker Kenton Brown offers training every Saturday at his office, but he understands that mortgages are his economic engine.

Very few people can have thought leadership as their primary economic engine. It’s a gamble and it takes massive amounts of time and effort. It’s largely dependent on personality and charisma. It’s particularly risky in tough economic environments.

But as a recognized thought leader you can charge more and you’re all but guaranteed to have a steady stream of clients.

“Escaping the commodity trap” doesn’t mean to stop selling commodities; it means building an effective platform to sell your commodity.

Ready to make your mark on the world and differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace? Become a thought leader.

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finding a professional translation agency

Searching for a professional translation services providers: A worth while excercise

Professional Translation Services Providers Are Worth Seeking Out

Because translation isn’t a hard science, and because it doesn’t belong to a field that produces objectively measureable deliverables, you will always take a risk when hiring a translation provider. While from the outside translation might seem like a hard science (the simple exchange of one word for another within different grammatical structures) the truth is anything but that. Translation requires a deep intimacy with both languages involved and is more about understanding and navigating the countless cultural assumptions of each language. Translation is about feeling your way through text and speech as much as simply exchanging one word for its counterpart. Add on the fact that you won’t be able to tell whether or not the translation you requisition is accurate and sensitive or not on your own, and it becomes apparent that you will need to seek out as many credibility indicators as possible from the providers you’re looking to hire.
 
One of the best and most accurate credibility indicators out there is the length of time that your potential translator or translation services company has been working in the business. The longer they’ve been providing translations for clients the better. There are plenty of new companies that have sprung up with the advent of the internet and hiring one of these new companies is going to be a hit or miss affair. You’ll have a hard time knowing whether this is a legitimate company or if it’s simply taking advantage of this new trend. Hiring a company that’s been around before the recent boom in interest in translation is a great idea.
 
If you’re looking to hire a company for translation services it’s also a good idea to hire a company that offers a wide variety of translation services. This variety should manifest itself both in a variety of different languages they work in and a number of different types of translations they provide- such as technical, legal, and general translations. If you are working regularly with people who speak other languages there’s a good chance that over the course of your career you’ll utilize this range of translation services.
 
Finally, it’s a good idea to find a company or individual who provides translation services for a wide range of clients; everyone from Fortune 500 companies to individuals. If you haven’t noticed by now, the number one thing you’re looking for from a translation service provider is flexibility. You want a provider you can develop a lifelong relationship with, who will be able to meet all of your translation needs- even those you don’t know you have just yet.
 
If you are seeking a professional translation agency, email me for further discussions

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I need translation services...what do i do?

Translation services needed? what’s next!!!

I Need a Language Translation, What Do I Do?

I found this article to be very representative of cases that I have been involved with during discussion with clients and business colleagues:

Most probably you identify with the above statement, that’s what bought you to this page where you can read this article. I was in your position a couple of years back when I was in the process of expanding my business to some foreign countries and my targeted consumers were non-English speakers. I needed to translate my website and other advertising materials to the language of my targeted consumers.

To start with, I was clueless and after I managed to catch up with some local translators and translation agencies, I became desperate. There were several reasons for this. Before going on to them, I would like to give some information about language translation itself. Language translation is a complex process and not everybody’s cup of tea. Just being able to read and write comfortably in two or more languages does not automatically give anyone the ability to do high quality translation work in those languages. It takes substantial practice, experience and expertise in the involved languages.

Now my initial dealings were with the local language translators operating in my city. I was not satisfied with them because I could not get all the three things that I was looking for, from any of them. These three things were:

In most cases, I would have to be satisfied with having one or two of the above factors to my satisfaction. For example, a high quality translation would invariably be more expensive or take a long time to get completed. All this made me want to explore other avenues so I tried software translations and online services.

Software translations were a disappointment and dangerous for the health of my business. Because a software generally translates any document literally, or word for word. Now this results in hilarious mistakes a lot of times. Because all languages have a unique grammar and vocabulary, word for word translations become ineffective most of the times.

Which brings me to online language translation, in my opinion, the best avenue for language translations. This is because online you can get the best rates and quality, along with speedy delivery. The chief reason behind this is that when working with an online translation agency, you have the liberty to work with translators anywhere in the world. You can easily get high quality, combined with reasonable cost if you work with native speakers of the targeted language.

There are other benefits as well which you will come to know as you research a few reputed or recommended online agencies. One of my favorites among them is CLS Lexi-tech which has a very innovative system of working. You can request them for an instant language translation quote to get an idea of the services and rates.

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