Who has never felt nervous when it comes to performing a presentation? Yeah! This is a fear that affects most people.
But know that speaking well in public is a skill that can be developed, and should not be considered as a gift.
This summary of the book “Stand and Deliver”, written by Dale Carnegie promises to be the right guidance to make it happen to you. An, in fact, it's not difficult at all!
So it's your turn. Now is the time to change it all!
The book was published by author Dale Carnegie, aiming to provide everything you need to know to become a great and prepared communicator for your presentations.
All of this is shown in techniques that worked with thousands of people, including case studies, strategy tips and examples.
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) was a writer, teacher and consultant in sales training, such as public speaking and interpersonal skills. He has already impacted about 7 million people.
The content of the book is ideal for those who are afraid and nervous of speaking in public, and believe that it disturbs their public presentations.
In addition, the book is given to all who believe that they can communicate more efficiently, with greater spontaneity and confidence in order to connect with people, persuade them, lose fear of speaking in public and have a high oratory impact.
The goal of the book is to provide everything you need to know to become a great communicator, elegant and prepared for your presentations. Some main points are:
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In the first pages of the book, Dale Carnegie states that anyone can speak well in public, from the content exposed in his work.
One of his first teachings is about the need to learn everything about the subject you want to talk about. Get ready a few weeks early, try raising a questionnaire with at least 50 questions on the subject and then build your answers.
After that, it is time to rehearse often in your mind. Rehearse everywhere and with all people. But do not memorize your speech, you have to answer with the main points naturally.
In addition, the book “Stand and Deliver” says that you can focus on different words and expressions, toggle speed and intensity in order to see which one best fits your speech.
According to the author, all this content must be adapted to the public, that is, the audience needs to hear about itself. Therefore, we can not decorate any speech, much less repeat the same words for different people.
Finally, the ultimate teaching of this introductory part is about being always true to yourself, basing your discourse on your character, experiences and natural talents.
The first step in overcoming fear is actually wanting to speak in public, so you will act with courage. Also, pay attention to preparing your speech and spend an hour a day developing skills.
According to the author Dale Carnegie, the way to overcome the fear of any activity is to carry it out over and over again. This tip is not only applied in public speaking, but in any life activity that you are afraid of.
Never let anyone distract or discourage you. Focus on passing your message according to your preparation and speak only subjects that you have dominion. At the end of the presentation, evaluate yourself and learn from the mistakes.
Another alternative suggested is to eliminate fear and tension through humor. But that does not mean you have to be funny. Just convey happiness to your listeners.
Here are the suggested tips for you to make a humorous presentation:
Have you ever heard the expression “the first impression is the one that stays”? During a presentation, there is no difference.
According to the book “Stand and Deliver”, you have to make a shocking opening to win your audience quickly. Therefore, you have to plan all the details of the presentation, especially the beginning.
In addition, the author suggests that you plan and practice every word in order to gain the interest of the audience. Thus, the techniques proposed are:
In the course of your walk as a speaker, you will meet resilient people with your messages. For this, it is necessary that you adopt techniques to convince them to support your opinion.
Dale Carnegie presents the five pillars of persuasion, which are:
Adopt the greatest and most creative way of declaring your vision on the subject. Use words and a language that creates in people a reflection on their experiences.
Be careful about how you distribute and organize the ideas and the content of your speech. Remember that your speech should be based on 3 steps: beginning, middle and end.
Your speech has to sound right to who you are, meaning that your personality has to be expressed by your words. Choose the right characteristics to incorporate into your presentation according to the style and needs of the occasion, being loyal to yourself.
Even if you prepare well, sometimes your memory can fail. Then you need to plan for having some query material that can be deployed.
A good aspect of great speakers is to gently alternate forgotten content, keeping concentration and following the right path.
The way you say is your delivery. According to Dale, for you to do well in this, it is necessary to practice your delivery in every possible way. After all, the way you say it, is the way you want it to be heard.
Dale Carnegie has developed a magic formula for public speaking, which is a technique to create connection, motivation, inspiration and action for your audience in the shortest time. It is composed of 3 phases:
For Dale Carnegie this technique is ideal to get the audience involved in a short time. In addition, you must not ignore the practical and physical environment in which the lecture will take place.
In the book “Mindset” by psychologist Carol S. Dweck, it is debated how our beliefs shape our behavior and our growth. While mindsets produce definitive worldviews, people can change as they learn new skills, such as speaking in public. Humans can be taught to react in different ways, such as facing fears and thinking differently.
Jeffrey Gitomer, in “The Sales Bible”, leaves his message: be honest with customers. In a presentation to the public, there is no difference, as this helps the process of creating trust. In addition, the author states that humor is an excellent ability to attract people, however, you should not overdo the dose.
In the book “Atomic Habits”, James Clear explains how small changes (atomic habits) can produce great results. According to him, habits are a compound interest of personal improvement. Improving 1% each day brings about a giant change at the end of the journey.
Lastly, let’s see the top 10 teachings you can apply in your presentations:
You have in your hands a complete, powerful, and practical content about how to speak in public.
Now, make it a habit, practice every day and the door of success will be opened for you.
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