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Let Me Give You The Gift Of The Gab

Let Me Give You The Gift Of The Gab

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Ranking number 13 amongst other popular phobias, it is more common than the fear of clowns, needles, and darkness. We might not all suffer from this phobia, but I’m sure there are times we still feel nervous and anxious when we have to face a big crowd or give a speech in front of a large audience. Yet public speaking is almost one of the most useful delivery tools in our lives.

Remember the times you had to present at school, or pitch a project in class?All these require a form of public speaking. Eventually when you move on to working life, chances are you would still have to speak in front of an audience whether it be in board meetings, office seminars or external presentations where you might need to pitch a proposal to clients. Public speaking is an important asset that we should all strive to achieve no matter how big your fears may be.

Here is a selection of 5 books that will help you through the anxiety, to excel in the public speaking arena.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. Anderson

    There is no denying that (almost) all TED speakers are talented public speakers, and the man behind the TED curtain, who has worked with all these inspiring TED speakers, Chris Anderson has definitely challenged the public speaking game for short talks since his takeover in the early 2000s. The book explains how powerful public speeches are achieved, and equips you to master your next great public speaking stint.

    “There is no formula; no two talks should be the same” as Chris pointed out there is no cookie cutter solution to the best short talk. The core takeaway from this book is about how public speaking is merely a channel to transfer your ideas to your audience’s minds.

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    Reading Duration: 5hrs 57mins

    Get TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking from Amazon at $9.24

    Slide: ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

      Presentation slides/visual aids are one of the few elements that require professionals to think visually and leverage hard skills. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not actively taught in schools or business training programs.

      This book is loaded with easy and practical examples of visual story development which can be used by anyone. It will not turn you into a designer overnight, but you will learn the basics of preparing visual aids for presentations. Be aware this is not a book for teaching you how to use keynote, but more of visual storytelling from a design perspective. Get hold of the book if you are someone who is constantly having to public speak, but has only one set of powerpoint templates.

      Reading Duration: 6hrs 7mins

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      Get Slide: ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations from Amazon at $27.84

      Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

        Why is it that some people and organisations are more innovative and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers?

        Speaking just seems to be more desirable than listening, so how then can we get people to listen to us? This book offers comparisons and cases to learn from, as Sinek uses the Golden Circle theory of placing WHY at the core, followed by WHAT and HOW, arguing that we’d be better off if we focus more on the WHY as the golden circle suggest, because “People don’t buy WHAT you do, but WHY you do it”.

        An important aspect of public speaking is in the persuasiveness of your speech, so if you need some tips on sharpening your sales pitch, check this read.

        If you want to be inspired in a few minutes and catch the core of the book, watch Sinek’s TED talk about Starting with WHY:

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        Reading Duration: 5hrs 17mins

        Get Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action from Amazon at $10.23

        Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff

          In the book Pitch Anything, Klaff argues that creating and presenting a great pitch is merely science, and describes how the brain makes decisions and responds to pitches with the back up of neuroscience. No matter whether you agree with his science method, some of his points are definitely solid, including setting the frame, great storytelling, and how to close a pitch. Expect this book to be your out-of-the-box read for an alternative view on pitching and public speaking.

          Reading Duration: 4hrs 57mins

          Get Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal from Amazon at $13.75

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          Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill

            Humour can be one of the hardest-to-master elements in public speaking, to speak fluently and capturing the audience’s attention is already difficult, let alone adding humour into the equation.

            In Do You Talk Funny, you can learn skills from comedians, and apply to your day-to-day speaking activities, levelling up your public speaking skills. Of course, what you say/tell is not the most important (because humans can only remember 7% of what others have said), Nihill also delivers advice on managing your crowd, time, the stage, interruptions, and the list goes on. Expect yourself to be a more effective and funny public speaker after a good read of this book!

            Reading Duration: 4hrs 17mins

            Get Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker from Amazon at $12.13

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            Reasons of Insomnia and How to Combat It (The Complete Guide)

            Reasons of Insomnia and How to Combat It (The Complete Guide)

            Having issues sleeping is a sure fire way to live a less fulfilled life. Personally, I’m a believer that getting enough sleep consistently is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Feeling out of control and powerless over your ability to get a good nights rest can make you nuts.

            If you’re struggling with insomnia, this article will help shed some light on the causes and provide resolutions to your sleep issues.

            What Is Insomnia?

            In a nutshell, insomnia is the inability to sleep. What’s so brutally torturous about insomnia is that you can be completely exhausted, yet unable to fall asleep.

            Insomnia can be an acute issue (short term), meaning that it can creep into your life for a night or a few weeks.

            It can also present as a chronic issue, meaning it ebbs and flows and comes and visits you every know and then, although uninvited. Chronic insomnia is diagnosed when the individual suffers at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

            Symptoms of Insomnia

            There are a spider web of symptoms that can root from insomnia, especially when it shows up chronically in your life. According to WebMD, general symptoms of insomnia can include:[1]

            • Sleepiness during the day
            • General tiredness
            • Irritability
            • Problems with concentration or memory

            In addition to these general symptoms, insomnia can effect your relationships, career life and limit activities that give you joy, strictly because you don’t have the energy or motivation to do them.

            Feeling exhausted really takes a huge toll on your mood, energy level and overall zest for life. Just like any issue, overtime a lot of other consequences can, and most likely will, result. This is so with lack of sleep.

            Reasons of Insomnia

            Insomnia can strike any of us at any point of our lives. A major cause of sleeplessness is stress and worry.

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            I know that when I’ve had periods of time where there has been a ton on my mind, it’s resulted in sleep disturbance. I can recall nights just laying there as hours past by.

            Below are more detailed reasons why insomnia would come knocking at your door:

            According to WebMD, the causes of acute insomnia can include:

            • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving)
            • Illness
            • Emotional or physical discomfort
            • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
            • Some medications (for example those used to treat colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma) may interfere with sleep
            • Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example)

            According to WebMD causes of chronic insomnia include:

            How to Overcome Insomnia

            There are, without a doubt, many things you can attempt to do differently in order to get your sleep habits back to a healthy state. Even if you’ve struggled with sleep for years, please know that you can find relief.

            Here are 10 tips on how to combat insomnia:

            1. Believe That You Can Develop a Healthy Sleep Life

            Believing that you can is a huge part in getting beyond any difficulty. If that’s where you need to start, it’s worth really looking at your belief system surrounding what’s possible for your sleep patterns.

            Just as if you didn’t believe that you can find love, if you don’t believe that you can find a good groove with your sleep, it will be very difficult to do so.

            2. Stay Away from Any Screen Time Before Bed

            Everything that you come across is being ingested, including what you watch and listen too.

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            Be mindful to make time to wind down before bed by disconnecting from anything that’s coming at you. This can be a violent flick or a charged up sports game.

            To go further, even if you’re watching something mellow, the blue light from screens can affect circadian rhythms, which can mess up your sleep cycle.

            Just as you can feel super loopy after traveling that entails changing time zones, your devices can have a similar effect.

            3. Have a Consistent Bed Time

            I get it, routines can take the fun away from life, although some routines can guarantee that the fun will keep going around.

            Just like little kids need consistency via their routines to avoid melt downs, we, as adults, need to do consistent things for our health to stay grounded.

            Having a consistent bedtime routine allows your body to have a flow, which will help it, overall, function at its best.

            4. Avoid Caffeine Intake After Noon

            I know that asking some of you to avoid caffeine all together is just a hard “No.” Therefore, I’ll ask you to avoid any intake of caffeine after 12pm.

            Why, you ask?

            This gives your body time to process the stimulant effects that caffeine has and can potentially really help your sleep cycle.

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            5. Keep an Eye on Your Alcohol Intake

            If you’re struggling with sleep, drinking is one habit that can truly be interfering with your sleep.

            Alcohol can cause waking in the night and interferes with sleep quality. It’s deceiving because initially alcohol can make you “pass out” and fall asleep quickly, although the deepest and most restful part of sleep, (REM), rapid eye movement sleep, is compromised when we drink alcohol.

            This is why, even if we do sleep sound after a couple drinks, the quality of our sleep was not a pure that it would be without alcohol processing in our bodies.

            6. Move Your Body Consistently

            I feel like this suggestion is always on one of my tip lists! Getting regular exercise has so many benefits including what it can do for your sleep pattern.

            Utilizing up some of your daily energy by moving your body is a win/win on so many levels. It keeps you fit, it keeps you feeling emotionally better, it helps release endorphins and it can improve the quality of your sleep.

            If you’re having issues sleeping; try regular exercise. It could be a game changer for you.

            7. Don’t Go to Bed Full

            When we go to bed full, we are already at a disadvantage because being full is uncomfortable.

            Eliminating any states of discomfort is a key step to ensuring that our sleep is going to be higher quality. Be mindful of eating a big meal right before you go to sleep. Your digestive track will be happy not to have to go into busy mode when your system is trying to shut down.

            8. Create a Zen Vibe in Your Bedroom

            One of the key ways to create an ideal sleep environment is to bring a sense of calm and comfort to your sleep space. If you have the means, invest in nice bedding, buy an essential oil diffuser (lavender oil is great for calming), get some amethyst stones to promote calming and healing energy.

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            Do your best to make sure your sleep environment is dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold. Do whatever you are called to do to make your bedroom a place of peace and rest. Need I say to avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep (or sex.)

            9. Make a List

            What do you mean make a list? I mean, that if you find yourself with a racing mind right before bedtime, write your thoughts down.

            Take all the mental noise and write it down in a list type format to put it somewhere other than floating around in your head. This action has been so helpful for some of my clients that have struggled with sleep disturbance.

            10. Find Flow through Rhythm

            There have been times where I have literally self soothed my way back to sleep by finding rhythm. I’ve found rhythm with counting numbers; both backward and forward. Although, I don’t care what you count; just count.

            Counting creates rhythm and it also creates a space to focus our thoughts. This is especially true for those of us who have a worried and racing mind.

            The Bottom Line

            As I mentioned a bit earlier, there is hope for anyone struggling with sleep disturbance. A significant first step toward addressing any issue is becoming more familiar with it.

            We can combat this issue with understanding symptoms and causes. Often times, we’ve never been taught that simple, small habits that we’ve been doing can be the gateway to our disturbed sleep patterns. That one shot of expresso after dinner can be a killer for those of us struggling with sleep.

            Do your pat to clear up all that you can on your end, but tidying up what’s within your control.

            As always, if your symptoms continue there are specialist and other avenues to take. Talk with your medical doctor to get more details of higher levels of assistance toward your sleep.

            Be well.

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