In this series, we will be giving speakers some very valuable tips on products that you really need to get. I call it a “Pearl Harbor Kit.” I made that up, because we all know that the USA was caught unprepared for the Japanese Bombing on December 7, 1941. Not me. I want to be prepared for my talks with everything I need to be successful on ANY speaking assignment.
I put these things into a small zip-lock plastic bag. It is always in my computer case.
First up is a three prong outlet converter. As you can see in this photo, it changes a single outlet into three.
This is a nice unit that I bought. VERY handy.
Click to get yours => 3-Grounded Outlet Adapter
So what do you care? All you need is one plug. OK, did you ever go to a Starbucks, McDonald’s or other free wi-fi site and find that all the outlets were taken? Pull out your 1-to-3 splitter and you get 110v electricity and save your battery! Put this into YOUR Pearl Harbor Kit.
More items in future blogs.
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When asked to give a talk, be sure you take control of the environment. The audio system is your lifeblood to the audience. By this I mean TEST the microphone / loudspeaker system. Not just bellowing “1-2-3.” Put on the head device, or clip on the lapel mic or hold the 10 inch mic in your hand. I really prefer the over the head kind – like Madonna made popular.
Hake sure the engineer tells you how far to hold these. Speak as you would during your talk. Don’t tell him “I have a booming voice – I don’t need a mic.” You do. There will be people in the audience that are hard of hearing. Many may ask to record your talk and you’ll need to have it come out crisp.
Another tip – when you turn your head to talk, you may lose the maximum connectivity to the system. This is really true with lapel mics. If you use a slide changer AND a laser pointer AND a hand-held, you either need to grow a new hand or learn to manage all three. I jam my bright green laser pointer next to the clicker (I do not like the wimpy red lasers on slide clickers), so they hold as one unit.
Who doesn’t feel their heart rate and blood pressure go up before giving a speech? You lie if you say you don’t! We all get a little dry in the throat and begin to sweat before heading out on stage. I used to sweat so much that I now wear nylon undershirts so it doesn’t bleed through.
The symptoms of Glossophobia are having an intense self-doubt prior to having to verbally communicate to a group. Another is when you go out of your way to avoid events where you may be called on to give a talk (hide under the radar?). Finally, intense Glossophobia can lead to nausea, and a real anxiety attack.
So how do you overcome it? If you want to succeed in the world – your platform has to include speaking. Take training courses in public speaking. Join Toastmasters International, POWERtalk International or the Association of Speakers Clubs. The more you are in front of people, the less you will suffer from Glossophobia.