TED Tackles Stage Fright: How 3 TEDx Speaker’s Overcame Their Fear of Public Speaking

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld once mused. “Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” There are plenty of suggestions to overcome general fear, but the fear of public speaking, or glossophobia, is a bit trickier. 75 percent of the U.S. suffers from speech anxiety. That means three out of every four people would rather not talk in front of the other four. As Mark Twain famously said, “There are two types of […]

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Acting Techniques Steve Job Used To Speak Like A Pro In His Presentations

From start-up entrepreneurs to industry leaders, actors have knowledge to impart on many different careers outside of acting.  Most roles in the business world could take a cue from Hollywood and Broadway. In fact, many well known speakers, like Steve Jobs, relied on the sage advice Broadway actors to ignite their live presentations. How can you harness the benefits of professional acting for yourself as a speaker? Every presenter wants to be personable and charismatic on stage–just because you didn’t major in Theater doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Presence: Be Here Now You’ve probably seen Harvard social psychologist and TED speaker Amy Cuddy’s […]

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This Trick Can Take You From Stage Fright to Star Power in 6 Weeks.

Want celebrity swagger? This time- tested technique adapted from our public speaking training can help. Your vision tunnels inward, especially under the spotlights. And speaking? Forget it. You’re not even sure you can breathe right now. They say a fear of public speaking is the most common phobia. But speaking isn’t so much the fear; failing to speak is. What if you forget your lines? Or your hands shake noticeably? You look down… hey, you wore pants– that’s a plus. It’s completely natural to be nervous before you present. There are many factors you can’t control when you’re giving a […]

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Our 10 Favorite TED Talks to Inspire Triumphant Public Speaking

Let’s face it: speaking in public isn’t always a breeze. So take a deep breath and focus with this must-have set of fun, helpful, and innovative tips inspired by The MOXiE Institute’s ten favorite TED Talks on public speaking. 1. Show people why your ideas matter to them. First of all, before you even dream of moving your mouth, you must think about how you will structure your talk. We recommend writing from the seats, not from the stage. That means really tuning in to your audience, what you want to accomplish with them, and especially centering your talk around […]

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TED Talk Tips to Conquer Your Next Presentation by Becoming a “Happy Warrior”

It all started with a TED Talk. Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about the power of body language, to be precise. In that talk, Cuddy described the power of power poses to boost confidence and exude leadership. But what if power poses aren’t enough? After the success of her TED Talk,  Cuddy–a Harvard social psychologist–released Presence, a more in-depth look at the ideas she presented in her TED Talk. One of those ideas–coupling authenticity with competency–came to be called “the Happy Warrior.” What is a happy warrior and how do you become one? You’ve come to the right place. Start With Warmth The term “happy […]

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Results of TEDx speaker coaching

7 Moments of Audience Engagement from TED Talks

There are certain perils to watching a TED Talk live from the audience – occasionally you’ll be asked a stumper of a philosophical question or made the brunt of a speaker’s joke. Then again, you might be given seven and a half extra minutes to live, so it’s really a toss-up. In these talks, pulled from a range of TED and TEDGlobals, watch for audience members getting in on the fun. Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic” Armed with standard calculators, audience members at TED2005 race mathemagician Arthur Benjamin through a dizzying maze of digits, and lose. At 8:05, he matches audience […]

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