public speaking

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.

The Wrong Way To Include Jokes In Presentations

Using a joke or an amusing quote in a presentation can be a great way to win over your audience. However, there’s a sure-fire way to ruin your attempts at comedy: putting the text of the joke on a slide and displaying it before you’ve actually said it.

Imagine Yourself As The Audience's Equal To Speak More Confidently

Whether you’re addressing a huge auditorium or just speaking up in a meeting, most of us are at least a little uncomfortable with public speaking. If you need a quick confidence boost, just imagine yourself as the audience’s equal.

Going From 'Suck To Non-Suck' As A Public Speaker

People often ask me for advice about public speaking, since I do a lot of it. Of course, it’s often reported that people are more afraid of public speaking than death (which is not exactly empirically accurate, but it is close). In my experience, becoming a good public speaker is not a natural skill for anyone. While I now speak professionally about once a week, for sums I could never have imagined just a few years ago, I have had to learn through many difficult and painful experiences and a great deal of feedback how to basically just be myself on stage.

Ask LH: How Do I Answer When I'm Stumped By A Question?

Dear Lifehacker, I have an important presentation coming up, and although I feel very prepared, I’m afraid during the Q&A someone will ask me a question I won’t be able to answer. What’s the best way to respond when I get caught stumped?

How To Prep For A Presentation

When I started writing my book, I knew that authors generally make more money from speaking than they do from royalties, so I wanted my talks on the Information Diet to be great. Before I first started my speaking tour for the Information Diet, I watched a lot of great speakers give great talks and asked them how they gave such great talks. The universal answer is always: “I lock myself in my hotel room the night before and rehearse.”

People With Deeper Voices More Likely Leaders

Received wisdom suggests that deeper voices are seen as authoritative and trustworthy. A recent scientific experiment confirms that perception, suggesting that men and women with deeper voices are more likely to succeed in leadership positions.

Public Speaking For Normal People

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jason Freedman has done his share of public speaking, and despite the racing heartbeat and anxiety we all have, knows how to deliver a relaxed, natural presentation. Here’s how he does it.