No More Stagefright = Have Fun SpeakingWritten by Dianne Legro
By Dianne Legro Speech and Presentation Coach & President of Speaking Success, Inc.
7 Tips that calm and center you before your presentation:
1. Breathe and stretch before your presentation for at least ten minutes. This refreshes you, gets oxygen flowing to your brain and releases hold your mind has on your body which gives you that "pent up" feeling.
2. Bend your knees slightly and bring your torso over your hips, so that your back is long and loose and your tailbone is pointed towards floor. Let your shoulders drop. This put you directly aligned over your center of gravity and makes you stronger and calmer.
3. Shake your hands loose. This helps with creativity and mental agility.
4. Rehearse your opening and closing. Slowly go over words you will say so that you are confident.
How Podcasting is UsedWritten by S. Housley
Although podcasting is new, it is well on its way to becoming a mainstream communication medium. Podcasting, simply put, is audio files that are delivered via RSS. Many people believe that podcasting is solely for distribution of music files, but really, nothing could be further from truth. This emerging method of audio file distribution has opened an array of marketing and communication opportunities to businesses. Currently, most who are familiar with podcasting are technically savvy, but it is clear that podcasting will be more than a passing fad as many businesses are adopting podcasting and employing it in unusual yet powerful ways. Podcasting can be used for talk shows, tutorials, music demos, educational training, stories, comedy clips, debates or even foreign language tutorials.
While RSS has had capacity to include audio files for a few years, only recently have entrepreneurs made conceptual leap, taking advantage of new power held within this communication medium. In reality, podcasters cover gamut; some are professional broadcasters, while others are obvious amateurs.
Podcasts are usually published with associated meta information that includes descriptive data about each specific audio file. This allows listeners to make a determination of which audio items are of interest. If listeners are using a news aggregator that supports podcasting, they will automatically receive updates in their feed reader or news aggregation software when a new podcast exists for a feed that they have subscribed to.
Why is podcasting so beneficial to subscriber? Unlike traditional radio, with podcasting subscriber decides what content he/she receives. Podcasting is extremely useful to subscriber because user can easily receive information he/she would like, and listen to it when they want. The material, once downloaded, can be listened to and viewed on wireless handhelds, allowing subscribers to utilize time on road.