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Present with Presence! | How to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills (Ep. 11)

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Public speaking is a skill that hasn’t come naturally to me up until now. Although I was a confident writer growing up, I always dreaded presenting.

For a while, I thought I was just a bad speaker… but then I watched one of my Instagram live streams back and immediately knew what the issue was.

I wasn’t grounded in the present as I was speaking. I wasn’t engaging with the audience because my mind was in a different world.

I knew something had to change. So, I taught myself grounding techniques to use during presentations to ensure my mind is focusing on the present moment instead of wandering off into the distance.

Tune in to this podcast episode to learn how to be more present when you’re presenting. I hope this helps you with your future speaking gigs!

If this episode resonates with you, send me a DM on Instagram @samanthaleewarren!

Thanks for listening! I’ll talk to you next week.


Important moments

00:50 – My struggles with public speaking

02:25 – How I discovered the source of my presentation struggles

03:00 – Why being present while presenting is so important

03:40 – Sponsor of the week: Mindset Masterpiece newsletter

04:10 – Life update: New Moon in Pisces

04:55 – How the “monkey mind” affects public speaking skills

05:28 – Anecdote about my public speaking class in my freshman year of college

07:00 – How perfectionism and “analysis paralysis” made it difficult for me to speak my authentic truth

07:35 – Some of my tips for mindful presenting and speaking

10:00 – Why nervousness is a product of worrying about the future instead of being present

11:10 – Grounding technique for public speaking and presenting

12:30 – How inner confidence will help you as a speaker


Powerful quotes

“And I think that this analysis paralysis situation is a result of me just being a perfectionist.”

“I was worried so much about saying the right thing instead of just speaking from the heart and speaking my authentic truth.”

“It’s very important to make sure you think about what you’re saying before you say it.”

“Now, I have a new sense of confidence where I feel that it’s safe to slow down, and think, and take my time when I’m speaking. I don’t feel like I have to rush to get the message out as quickly as possible.”

“My next-level self is not someone who speaks at lightning speed and stumbles over her words all the time. She doesn’t doubt herself. She doesn’t get nervous when she speaks because’s certain of what she’s saying.”

“Some of the greatest speakers take [those] long pauses when they’re not sure what to say, and it’s because they’re processing the situation and they’re really putting a lot of thoughts into their words.”

“I’ve realized that speaking and writing are very similar.”

“Your values and beliefs are like reference points for you.”


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