Learn the key ideas of the book by Mike Acker

Speak With No Fear

How to become a skilled public speaker

After 18 years of experience in communication, Mike Acker, in his book Speak With No Fear  – Go from a nervous, nauseated, and sweaty speaker to an excited, energized, and passionate presenter, presents his strategies to overcome a fear of speaking in public. In his book, he tells of his own personal experience, and that of his clients, to provide a series of useful practical tips to help anyone become a successful, well-trained and mindful public speaker. 

Speak With No Fear
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Many useful tips to:

  • Cope with the stress of public speaking.
  • Focus on a few easy to apply techniques to channel the sense of nervousness and inadequacy when speaking in public.
  • Improve self-awareness.
  • Avoid making the same mistakes every time you speak in public.

The author of the book:

Mike Acker is a keynote speaker, pastor, communications specialist, author, and top management communication coach with over 20 years of experience. He is known and appreciated for his ironic and genuine approach, as well as for his captivating presence. Acker specialises in fostering people’s self-awareness, and guiding his clients through a process of professional and personal growth. His is a holistic approach aimed at helping people achieve balance in both their personal and professional lives. His experience in the field of communication and the development of leadership has led him to work with politicians, entrepreneurs, executives and educational animators.


You are not alone in being afraid of speaking in public: how to face your fear and overcome it

When it comes to having to speak in public, the first reaction for the vast majority of people is for their hands to sweat, their stomachs to churn and their legs to tremble.

You begin the process of acquiring renewed self-awareness together with the author, as he tells of his first, horrible experience of public speaking as an early teen at high school. He was so frightened by it that he had a psychosomatic reaction which kept him home from school the following day, after all his classmates had done nothing but make fun of him the whole time he was presenting in front of them.

In this book, Mike Acker outlines a path divided into seven strategies that involve a theoretical/psychological approach on the one hand, and a practical/experiential approach on the other, thereby helping us to overcome a fear of speaking in public, which often - thanks to previous negative, first-hand experiences - is inherent to us all. The aim is to acquire a new perspective, so that we don’t hold onto this fear forever.

The first thing we need to do is relinquish any doubts we have about being able to let go of our fear. Doubts destroy our self-confidence and, on our journey to becoming passionate speakers, there is no room for them. You must start believing in yourself without any “ifs” or “buts”.

The number one fear of all Americans in the rankings of things they are afraid of is speaking in public: if you are more afraid of speaking in public than you are of death, you know you have a serious problem.

We must not allow past failures to forever leave a mark on our daily existence. Our past mistakes simply must not prevent us from overcoming our anxieties and properly channelling our nerves.

It isn’t easy, but you must take the first step, even if it feels like a leap of faith: courage will help you improve once you get started.

The author would have liked to have started his own journey much earlier in his life, so he encourages his readers not to waste another minute, and start working to become better versions of themselves, letting go of that fear of speaking in public which is trapped inside.

With a change of perspective, some preparation and lots of practice, even the fear of speaking in public can be overcome.


The key ideas of "Speak With No Fear"

You are not alone in being afraid of speaking in public: how to face your fear and overcome it
Fear almost always depends on a traumatic past experience that we need to overcome: Phase 1 – Discover the wound
Imagining the worst possible scenario to control your emotions better : Phase 2 - training
The importance of being authentic and not doing a bad impersonation of someone else: Phase 3 – be yourself
Interact with people in the audience to focus on a few of those present and reduce the anxiety of a large crowd: Phase 4 – get to know the crowd
Shift your attention to the audience so as not to focus on your limitations and give them what they want: Phase 5 – switch your focus
You don’t have to suppress your nerves: use them to help you reach your listener. Phase 6 – turn a negative into a positive
Living in the moment and being present in ourselves is vital: what you are experiencing is the moment that matters. Phase 7 – be present
What to do the next day? Learn from your mistakes to improve
To really change your approach and improve your skills, you need to believe in yourself
Take-home message

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