Public Speaking

How to Deliver a Strong Effective Speech

Posted: Apr 15, 2016 by

Our guest article author, Tessie Barnett, works as lead writer for GigSalad, the marketplace for booking bands, performers, speakers and services for events, parties, and productions of all types and sizes. In any business or relationship, good communication is essential. The more developed your skills are, the easier it is to connect, inspire, and exchange ideas. So a healthy, well-planned approach to public speaking will not only help your presentation, but it will also improve your articulation altogether. Whether you’re preparing a speech or simply wanting to refine your rhetoric, these tips will help you deliver your message in a strong, effective way. Accept the Nervousness If the thought of speaking in public puts you in panic mode, you are not… Read more »

7 Ways To Get Over Fears of Public Speaking

Posted: Jan 2, 2016 by

Picturing a room full of people naked? That’s old news. It also just might make you weirdly uncomfortable if your boss is sitting in the front row! However, the age-old advice is not without its more helpful counterparts–ideas that will actually help you get over your fear of public speaking and rock your next public performance. Whether you’re about to get on stage at a music team building event or simply have to give a presentation at work, be prepared to finally get past your fear of public speaking. 1 – Practice Makes Perfect – Perfect Public Speaking That Is Yes, this one is obvious (we promise, they won’t all be so simple). But the truth is, practicing will really… Read more »

Why Public Speaking Is One Of The Most Important Skills

Posted: Dec 4, 2015 by

Discussions of public speaking courses bring up sitcom-like memories for some—and complete panic for others. From high school to college to professional training programs, the element of improved speaking looms large in many educational settings. While fears of speaking in public (and overcoming them) are the topic of many articles, the reasons for mastering the skill aren’t always apparent to non-performers. However, from the most minute of public speaking responsibilities to full-blown presentations and lectures, understanding that this is one of the most important skills you can have will help inspire you to master the art and reap the benefits of mastery. What Is Public Speaking? In general, public speaking is simply the act of presenting or otherwise communicating in a… Read more »

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 by

Why should you step out of your comfort zone? After all, there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable. But usually, to innovate, to change or to grow you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone. Even for creative types like me, it’s not always easy to try something new. It involves risk and triggers fear of failure. Innovative companies know that part of innovating is experimentation. In order to be a truly innovative organization you should have a company culture that supports experimentation, play, open discussion and using trial and error, without judging the error to harshly. When I work with clients to help them harness their creative abilities, I share a concept I call ROInspiration®. It’s a way of… Read more »

Fear Of Public Speaking

Posted: Feb 26, 2015 by

A while back I wrote an article on how to be a better public speaker. But after an event I was at last week, it’s occurred to me that for many of us, before we can focus on how to be a better speaker, we may have to conquer our abject fear of public speaking. There’s a great Seinfeld quote that summarizes how deep this fear goes, “According to most studies, people’s No. 1 fear is public speaking. No. 2 is death. Death is No. 2. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy.” Ha, I love that and it holds truth… Read more »

How To Improve Communication Skills

Posted: Aug 11, 2014 by

Helping groups understand how to improve communication skills is an integral part of the work we do at Kidbilly Music. Everyone’s personal style of communicating is different and reflects who they are. But even when there are many different styles within a company or a team, there’s always opportunity to create a culture for better communication to improve quality of work-life, trust and efficiency. Efficiency isn’t a fun sounding word, but as a life long creative given to easily digressing off topic, I can tell you that efficiency in communication can be a real time saver and help you stay focused. It’s as important as quality of life and trust within your working group. My Top 3 Tips Good communicators… Read more »

How To Be A Better Public Speaker

Posted: Aug 4, 2014 by

Believe me I know how it feels to perform badly at public speaking. I had to work and learn how to be a better public speaker. For me, it didn’t come naturally at all. I’m a lifelong pianist, songwriter and performer, but honestly live performance was always so hard for me. I’m more naturally comfortable in the recording studio or at home crafting a song for someone else to sing. Having learned the hard way, and the long way, I believe I’m in a position to share effective tips on how to become a better public speaker. 5 Tips on How To Be a Better Public Speaker Find a hook – As a songwriter, I’m always looking for a great… Read more »