by Gilda Bonanno LLC http://www.gildabonanno.com/
Exercising and public speaking have a lot in common. Both become easier over time when you practice them regularly using the correct techniques. Everyone is capable of exercising and public speaking, although initially they may be a cause of pain for some people. The results of exercising and public speaking are worthwhile, but they'll have more lasting positive effects and be more fun if you enjoy the experience.
Here are some suggestions about exercising that I've found can help you improve your public speaking:
You may have several goals when you exercise: to feel better, to be healthier, to look better, to lose weight or gain energy. You have to keep those goals in mind, especially on those cold winter mornings when you'd rather stay in your warm bed than go to the gym. With public speaking, your goal may be to educate, inform, persuade, inspire or entertain the audience and you have to focus on that goal when you're preparing your presentation. It definitely helps to focus on that goal when your nerves kick in, you get cold feet and you're thinking, "why did I say yes to giving this presentation?"
4. Get Feedback.
Feedback when you're exercising can come in many forms. Most gyms have a mirror so you can check your yoga pose or ensure you're using correct form when lifting weights. Or you may work out with a personal trainer to help you take your exercise to the next level and focus on your goals.
With public speaking, you can get feedback by asking a trusted friend to listen to your presentation, audiotaping or videotaping yourself and reviewing it, or working with a presentation skills coach. This feedback can help identify what you are doing that is effective so you can continue it, and also what you're doing that interferes with your ability to communicate your message effectively to your audience.