Public Speaking Training
- Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions that we are asked about public speaking. If you do not find the answer to your question or you would like us to expand upon the answer, please call 416-505-0904, email
or request a free consultation.
Q. What is the biggest anxiety that people suffer from in North America?
A. It is not snakes or rodents, but public speaking. Learn how to avoid the fear of speaking in small groups, making a presentation to a large one. We’re here to help guide you and build your confidence to handle any public speaking situation.
Q. What is glossophobia?
It is the fear of people speaking in public. According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health in March 2012. Approximately 74% suffer from this anxiety. Based on our many years of public speaking coaching in Canada, we believe the numbers are similar.
Q. I'm really nervous before I have to get up and speak, how can I calm down?
A. To relax it is best to remember to breath and visualize your success.
Q. I speak too quickly, how can I slow down?
A. In between your phrasing count two beats or seconds.
Q. Why do I feel as though I “sound out of breath” each time I speak?
A. Most people breathe from their chest area. Try to taking in deeply through your nose and fill up your diaphragm (the area between your belly button and your rib cage) then speak.
Q. How can I speak with more passion?
A. The key is to see the picture in your mind, then feel it – and speak.
Q Do you provide on-site training?
A Yes, I can come to your office for private training and workshops. We have found that it is often best for private (one-on-one) training to be done in a meeting room versus the person’s office to avoid distractions and interruptions. We also provide training through Skype.
Q How many people typically attend your workshops and with larger groups will I get enough personal time.
A. The workshop group size ranges from two to 20 people. We endeavour to ensure that all questions are answered during each training class; however, we are available after the class to answer additional questions.
Q. Are you available for urgent media crisis support as a consultant?
A. If such occasion arises please phone and email me to ensure that I receive your message immediately. I will make myself available to provide the coaching to prepare you or your executive team in preparation. For example it could be for an interview, reading a statement, or preparing for a video that you may wish to post of YouTube to get your message out. Often I recommend that more than the PR Manager and President should be trained due to the nature of crises, staff availability.
Earl is a very professional and engaging speaking coach, who has the ability to identify and address the specific vocal needs of each separate individual. Earl's training is helpful for anyone, from beginner to experienced speakers. His services are highly recommended.
Tal Granite, Vice President at Chess Institute of Canada