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Flipping the Script: Top 10 Things NOT to Do When Public Speaking

Those of you who know me know that I’m an encouraging, positive person, who is determined to help you conquer the camera and step into your public speaking persona with confidence. If you’ve been following along on social media or keeping up with my blog, you know that I consistently offer my expertise and proven strategies for HOW to do these things. 

Today, I’m flipping the script and telling you my top 10 things NOT to do when public speaking. After all, sometimes knowing what doesn’t work helps us dial into what does. 

So, here we go… 


Episode 33: Personality

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“If you can get your audience to smile or laugh and the rest of your message is on point, you’re 90% of the way there.” Unveil the sweet spot between personality and professionalism in virtual communication.


Episode 31: Looking Nervous vs Feeling Nervous

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Join me on The Kerry Barrett Show as we explore the difference between looking nervous and feeling nervous. As a communication expert, I’ve dedicated years to exploring how style versus substance impacts public speaking. In this episode, we’ll unpack the significance of vocal variety and body language in captivating your audience, and I’ll share strategies for overcoming nervousness and handling mistakes like a pro.


Craft a quick & compelling video script, courtesy of ChatGPT

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The pressure to come up with the perfect script or video outline can result in paralysis, which means nothing gets done. Before we dive into my shortcut for crafting a compelling video script, almost without effort, let me remind you of Winston Churchill’s wise words: “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” 


Why Your Fear of Public Speaking Doesn’t Have to Hold You Back at Work

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You’ve heard the expression that the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” which former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared while campaigning against Herbert Hoover in 1932. 

That’s all fine and good, but these inspiring words actually do very little to calm the nerves of people for whom public speaking is a real phobia. And it is a legitimate phobia.