Say No to Glossophobia: Enhance Your Public Speaking Skills with Presenter Coach

Symptoms of Glossophobia range from knots in the stomach, to sweaty palms, dry mouth, shaky legs and tightness in the throat. In extreme cases, sufferers experience excessive anxiety, nausea and panic attacks.  

So what is Glossophobia?

Glossophobia is the fear of Public Speaking.

Sound familiar? According to research undertaken by the British Council, 75% of us suffer from the fear of public speaking – more common than the fear of heights or the fear of snakes, which rank two and three respectively.

So what on earth has this got to do with technology in general, and office 365 in particular?

 

I had a great conversation today with our new Schools Sector Lead at Hable, Chris Thackray, about how technology is an enabler of life skills. Often we focus on the tools themselves, rather than what can achieve using these tools, but even when we talk in these terms, we often relate it to a specific academic setting e.g. for passing an exam or completing an assignment.

But many of the tools in Office 365 we, at Hable, specialise in the adoption of, are tools for life. Tools that are designed to empower us with skills that we can apply within our own lives and in the workplace. One of my new favourites is AI-powered Presenter Coach.

Now if, like me you’re a teacher, or you’ve just been presenting for many a year, you might think you’re pretty good, right? Well, put yourself in the hands of the Presenter Coach and prepare to learn some new insights on how you present.

All you need to do is:

1. Open PowerPoint online

2. Select Presenter Coach on the slide show tab

3. Select Get Started in the bottom right hand corner when you are ready to begin to rehearse your slides

4. As you speak you get immediate feedback on things like your pace, timing, use of inclusive language and your use of er, um and other fillers. It also picks up if you are reading text directly from the slides – a definite thumbs down for that.

5. When finished just exit the full slide view and have a look at your Rehearsal report which breaks down your performance on those criteria, offering recommendations of how you can improve things.

 

This can be of benefit to everybody, regardless of experience public speaking. For students, Presenter Coach allows you to mitigate the all-to common fear of public speaking before you even start in the workplace. For the rest of us, well, it’s never too late to get better!

 

For more information about how we can support your team or organisation with the adoption of these skills and tools, please drop us an email on info@hable.co.uk, or connect with us on Twitter or Linkedin.