By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) — For many people who fear public speaking, the precedent was set in childhood. Perhaps they were ridiculed in front of their elementary school class for mispronouncing a word, or for not realizing the fly on their pants was open, or just for seeming nervous and hesitant—and any time after that was fraught with anxiety. Similarly, people who have a talent for public speaking were encouraged as kids and learned from their mistakes rather than cowering from them.
Harry Edelson, a naturally cheerful and eloquent public speaker and a major Wall Street financial analyst, investor and founder of Edelson Technology Partners, took a proactive approach with his two children: “After dinner, my wife and I asked each of our children to give a two-minute speech to the family about a random topic,” Edelson says. “We’d ask them to describe simple things in detail, such as a pencil, a homework assignment or bugs in the garden. They had a great time listening to each other and providing constructive criticism. All of this definitely contributed to their future success, from show-and-tell in school to conducting business meetings and giving presentations.”
As someone who has given hundreds of speeches to groups ranging in size from 50 to 1,500 people, Edelson is well aware of what to do—and more importantly, what not to do—to capture an audience’s attention and make a true impact with a presentation. Here are some behaviors he suggests you avoid, taken from his new book, Positivity: How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and More Prosperous:
In Positivity, Edelson candidly discusses his extensive personal experience with public speaking and how his success in life is closely tied with his ease in front of a crowd.
Edelson’s book is currently available on Amazon.