5 ways to conquer your fear of public speaking

first_img 113SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Whether or not 10,000 hours of public speaking would actually make you an expert, It definitely wouldn’t hurt. Chances are, you’re never going to get that kind of experience. That’s okay. Most of us will never get that much experience doing anything. If public speaking makes you anxious, here a few ways you can overcome your fears and be a better speaker.Practice, practice, practice: With just about any skill, practice makes perfect. Practice alone may not be the cure-all for public speaking anxiety, but it’s definitely something you need to take seriously. You should always practice your speech over and over until you flow from one talking point to the next as easily as putting one foot in front of the other to walk down the street. If you’re using slides, know them like the back of your hand. Be able to anticipate transitions and eliminate any surprises.Breathe: Everyone knows breathing has a calming effect. If you’re nervous about speaking, this is exactly what you need. Take a few deep breaths, do some light stretching, or even go for a short stroll to get your blood flowing.Don’t go off book: If you’ve practiced well, then your material is ready. Adding or changing anything on the spot could make you flustered and confused. Once your train of thought has left the station, it may be hard to catch.Be organized: If you’re using note cards, double check before you step up to speak and make sure you’ve put your notes in order. Just in case, put small numbers in the bottom corners so you can easily find your place without looking confused and lost.Pause: When it’s go time, you’ll be prepared. If you feel any anxiety creeping up on you, throw in some pauses. Pausing will help you regain your composure and may even improve your speech. Pauses can help you with the pace of your delivery, help convey emotion, and can even help your audience better understand the message you’re conveying.last_img read more

President Mahama promises five new stadia

first_imgPresident of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has promised to build five new stadia if given the mandate for the second time.The President is bidding for a second term as the nation prepares for the upcoming general elections in December.The flagbearer of the ruling National Democratic Congress(NDC), in his manifesto launch on Tuesday evening, revealed the party is keen on improving the current state of sports in the country by constructing five new, ultramodern sports stadiums.He noted that the facilities will be constructed in the Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahofo, Volta and the Eastern regions.The aforementioned regions cannot boast of a state-of-the-art stadium. The President went on to reveal his plans to refurbish the Azumah Nelson Sports complex in Accra, which has been deteriorating for many years. “We will refurbish the Azumah Nelson Sports complex, formerly Kaneshi Sports Complex. In addition, we will build five new stadia at the Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Volta and the Eastern Regions,” the President stated.Ghana currently has five national stadia in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Cape Coast with the Accra, Takoradi and Tamale Stadiums in a poor state.last_img read more

Young BIH Basketball Players Remain Unbeaten in Quarterfinals

first_imgThe men’s basketball team of BIH marked their fourth victory at the European Championship in the B Division for players up to 16 years old, which is being held in Sarajevo.The BIH team beat Israel with 65:57.The most efficient player for BIH was Durak with 19 points and Đedović with 12 points and 10 rebounds.The first games of the quarterfinals are scheduled for 14 August.(Source: Fena)last_img

Chief Education Officer “too busy” to address parents’ concerns

first_imgRama Krishna Primary School woesThe Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) continues to face an uphill task regarding their calls and cries for the Rama Krishna Headmistress to be removed or sanctioned by the relevant authorities regarding her unprofessional behaviour, which is affecting the primary learning institution.When contacted by Guyana Times on Tuesday, Chief Education Officer MarcelRama Krishna Primary School Principal Melaine CornetteHuston declined to comment on the matter even though parents, for months, have been protesting outside the school and the Education Ministry with the aim of attracting the attention of the relevant authorities to their plight.“I am busy and cannot talk about that now,” the senior education official said in a rude tone.Additionally, efforts to reach the Regional Educational Officer for a comment also proved futile. Officials within his office related that the educational officer had been engaged in a meeting the entire Tuesday morning, but nevertheless promised to return a call. Up to press time, this was not done.However, this newspaper managed to contact the Head Teacher of Rama Krishna Primary School, Melaine Cornette via telephone. She refused to speak on the issue and said: “I don’t know about it and I don’t care about it and I’m not interested in it” before hanging up the telephone.The headmistress has been accused of mismanagement and poor leadership; hence the call for her resignation. She is said to have been verbally abusive and confrontational in her dealings with students, teachers, and parents at the school for years now.Cornette is a People’s National Congress (PNC) activist and member of the party.last_img read more