public speaking

The Michael Bay CES Lesson: Always Have A Backup Plan For Presentations

Action movie uber-director Michael Bay caused a sensation today at Samsung’s CES press conference when he walked off stage because he couldn’t read the teleprompter. There’s a lesson here for everyone: if you’re making any kind of presentation, make sure you have a backup option in case the technology failed.


Get Excited, Not Calmer, To Deal With Performance Anxiety

While we have shown you ways to calm down before a speech, new research suggests that’s not always the best strategy to deal with performance anxiety. Instead of getting calmer, get excited and you’ll have better results.


Overcome Stage Fright With A Storyboard And A Structured Format

Public speaking can be nerve-wracking for anyone. If you want to become more comfortable when you have to present to a crowd, fully prepare for it with a few tips from Mikael Cho, co-founder of ooomf.


Greet Your Audience At The Door Before You Start Your Next Speech

Public speaking isn’t easy, so it helps to have every trick in the book at your disposal to beat your fear. The next time you have to speak in front of an audience, you might want to introduce yourself to them at the door, suggests Dumb Little Man.


Deliver Better Public Speeches By Ensuring You Demonstrate Vulnerability

Giving a speech to a large audience is hard, and although we have a few ways to help normal people give great speeches, every extra tip can help. James Altucher is no stranger to addressing groups, but he has a few key mantras to adhere to when standing in front of a crowd. One of the most important ones is “ABV: Always Be Vulnerable”.


Give Better Presentations By Thinking Of Yourself As A Mentor

One of the biggest challenges when giving a presentation or speaking in public is feeling self-conscious. Similarly, the worst presenters seem too self-absorbed and self-promoting. Presentation expert Nancy Duarte offers this advice to overcome this hurdle: be like Yoda.


Ask LH: How Can I Organise A Buck's Night?

Dear Lifehacker, Last week I found out my best friend is getting married later this year and I have the honour of being the best man. With this honour comes two main responsibilities and it’s the reason I am writing to you. The first task is organising a buck’s night.


Ask LH: How Can I Become More Comfortable When Speaking In Public?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m really nervous about giving a presentation soon. While I know the presentation itself is amazing, I’m just not comfortable speaking in public. What can I do to get rid of these fears and make sure I don’t clam up or die of stage fright?


Are You Afraid Of Public Speaking?

You’ve probably heard the apocryphal claim that more people are afraid of public speaking than of dying. That seems unlikely, but there’s little doubt that for many people, standing up in public and making a speech is a dreaded moment. . How do you feel about it?


What Happens To Your Brain When You Have Stage Fright

Palms sweaty. Heart racing. You know the feeling. Whether it’s five people or 50, public speaking is a gut-wrenching experience for most of us.