How to conquer your fear of public speaking
Whether you're speaking at a wedding or your own TED Talk, here's how you can make the experience a little less harrowing.
- Public speaking is a common fear that many people share.
- Presenting your ideas in a public forum is one of the most powerful means for disseminating information.
- There are common techniques that you can learn to become a memorable public speaker.
An estimated 75% of all people suffer from some degree of glossophobia, also known as speech anxiety. The idea of standing in front of a crowd of people brings up anxiety in varying degrees. For some, pre-show butterflies disappear once their mouths open. For others, the fear is so crippling that they never feel ready to step up to the microphone.
The symptoms of glossophobia include increased heart rate, uncontrollable shaking, and an uptick in sweating. While there are means for overcoming your fear, such as preparation and asking questions of the crowd to make it more of a dialogue, there are means for nailing every moment of your presentation, from inception to closing remarks.
In The Complete Presentation and Public Speaking Course 2020, business school professor Chris Haroun leads you through 16 hours of instruction on how to deliver life-changing speeches. A frequent guest lecturer at top schools and institutions, Haroun's down-to-earth guidance leads you through everything from identifying your audience to leaving lasting impressions.
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The electric car manufacturer says updates to its battery design and manufacturing process will help lower production costs.
- The high cost of batteries is the main reason why electric vehicles cost more than gas-powered cars.
- At the company's 'Battery Day' event on Tuesday, Tesla announced a new battery design that will give its cars more power and a longer range.
- The success of Tesla's plan depends on its ability to scale up production.
Screenshot of Tesla's 'Battery Day' presentation
Tesla<p>It's unclear when Tesla will stop using cobalt, or when it will stop sourcing its batteries from Panasonic. But the company claims that its new battery design and manufacturing changes will allow the company to cut the cost per kilowatt-hour in half. If Tesla can successfully scale up production, the company could hit its goal of $100 per kilowatt-hour sooner than expected.</p><p>Hitting that mark could usher in the electric-car revolution, considering $100 per kilowatt-hour is <a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/How-Soon-Can-Tesla-Get-Battery-Cell-Cost-Below-100-per-Kilowatt-Hour" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">generally regarded as the threshold</a> the industry needs to reach in order to make electric vehicles cost competitive with gas-powered cars. </p><p>A $25,000 electric car would also be Tesla's cheapest offering by far. The company had previously promised a $35,000 car, but only offered one at that price for a limited time. Tesla's website says its Model 3, its cheaper car, starts at about <a href="https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22027923/tesla-declines-as-model-3-price-cut-renews-demand-concerns" target="_blank">$39,000.</a></p>
Photo of Tesla's new battery design
Tesla<p>To be sure, Musk is known for promising big on his projects, but not always following through on the promised timetable. But despite having an "insanely hard" 2020, as Musk said, Tesla's had a good past couple years.<br></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"In 2019, we had 50% growth," Musk said at the event. "And I think we'll do really pretty well in 2020, probably somewhere between 30 to 40 percent growth, despite a lot of very difficult circumstances."</p>
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