Certain public speaking problems can be solved in a solitary fashion. If you are unhappy with your powerpoint design, pick up Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. If you occasionally stumble over words, watch this blog post, and use a metronome to slow down your speech. If you feel scattered while presenting, write out a set of short bullet points, and stick to them! But there are certain public speaking problems they may require a collaborative approach. Here are some public speaking problems that require coaching:
- Panic – if your employee is badly stumbling over their words, or unable to get through their presentations, that is a surefire sign that they need coaching. A coach can teach them to breathe properly and to prepare themselves mentally before they present.
- Very Low Volume – if you are asking your employee to speak up on a regular basis, it may be that they need voice coaching. A coach can help them breathe from their diaphragm, and utilize chest and face resonance to enhance their voice.
- Very Thick Accent – If your employee is unable to pronounce core business words, well, yea you guessed it…they definitely need coaching! A coach can help them articulate vowel and consonant sounds, and rehearse the words they are using at work.
A good coach usually starts with a thorough evaluation and then draws up a personalized, practical lesson plan. Be sure the coach you work with is assigning homework, and accessing progress as well.