Ryan Millar is releasing an amazingly useful guide for public speaking. The Confident Presenter: Ditch your Fear of Public Speaking and Embrace the Stage is a practical, step-by-step manual for people who struggle with public speaking and find themselves feeling nervous. Millar teaches his readers how to turn that anxiety into something productive and succeed with a presentation, whatever it might be.
Public speaking is anxiety-inducing for most people. It’s one of the most common fears: to fail, to get laughed at, to be judged. However, although it is a normal fear, it can also limit a person’s opportunities. Losing the fear of public speaking, learning to manage it, or turning it into a force for good can help people access better career opportunities, including professional conferences and presentations within the workplace and beyond.
Ryan Millar is based in Amsterdam but comes from Canada. He is a presentation and confidence coach and an experienced communications consultant. He has worked with many people struggling with public speaking and helped them become successful in this difficult task, overcoming the fear that might be holding them back.
The Confident Presenter is a practical guide written with effective, tested advice that can help anyone change their mindset and embrace public speaking for networking, career development, and whatever other professional and personal goals it might suit.
Millar teaches readers to turn their nervous energy into excitement and goes over each important point: body language, vocal techniques, storytelling, imagery, rhetorical devices, compelling ways to start and close a presentation, and more. He shows how to answer questions and create impactful experiences, and how to speak with confidence.
The book will surely provide an effective guide for anyone looking to unlock their public speaking potential and discover how to do this step by step. It covers all angles and all the doubts that might appear when exploring this topic, suitable for beginners and those with a bit more experience. In addition to this, it provides an easy, witty read that can be enjoyed on its own.
The Confident Presenter walks the reader through a series of sections. It begins by addressing the mindset, following this by diving into the physical elements, the rhetorical techniques, the structure of the presentation, and, finally, an inspirational story that is sure to leave readers with a nice aftertaste and the motivation to put these principles into practice.
This is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to be able to do public speaking effectively. It can help professionally but also inspire the person to feel more confident, to influence others, and to have an impact on the world. The book offers solutions that work and walks the reader step by step, addressing each topic in-depth and with clarity.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Millar. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Ryan, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about yourself.
Hi, I’m a Canadian-born Amsterdam-based presentation and confidence coach and communications consultant. In my work, I lean heavily on the tools I gained as an improviser and actor to help people take control of the stage, light up a room and tell compelling stories. This tends to help people feel more fulfilled, engaged, and confident in all areas of their life.
For a time, I worked in corporate communications and content creation, and I use that experience to make sure that the skills I teach people are directly applicable to their work context.
Please tell us about your book, The Confident Presenter: Ditch your Fear of Public Speaking and Embrace the Stage.
My most recent book, The Confident Presenter: Ditch your Fear of Public Speaking and Embrace the Stage is a straightforward guide to becoming more comfortable when you’re “on the spot.” And it also gives lots of tips to help people not just overcome their fears but also to become more effective as presenters.
I’ve worked for years training people on presentation skills and storytelling. Over that time, I really got to see what people responded to. This book was a chance for me to put all that experience and those insights in one place. Knowing that public speaking is a big phobia for many people and something that many more people feel uncomfortable with, gave me a lot of motivation to write a book that would be helpful, full of actionable tips, and enjoyable to read.
Please share with our readers about your journey.
Growing up, I wanted to be an actor. And I even studied acting for a time and worked professionally, teaching and performing improv comedy and also acting in commercials. What I learned though, is that more than wanting to be an actor, I had a passion for creative expression and helping others become more creative and actualized. That’s when I started making the shift into taking training and coaching more seriously. Since then, I feel like I’ve found my purpose and have been able to pour myself into helping people understand themselves better and communicate more effectively. My work focuses mostly on presentation skills, but I also work with clients on storytelling, writing and editing, and interpersonal communication.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
There are two important things I’ve learned that have helped me on my journey. The first is to follow your passions and interests. That doesn’t mean quitting your day job but rather doing the things that bring you joy in your life. This will make your life more joyful, which is, of course, the most important thing. The second is that you never know where they might lead you down the line. For me, I spent most of my twenties absorbed in the world of improvised theater. And now, I don’t do that so much anymore, but I apply the skills and techniques I’ve honed during that time every day.
The second thing that has helped me immensely is storytelling. The stories we tell ourselves, and others can have a profound effect on the way we live our lives, how happy we are, and how we’re perceived. On a related note, being able to tell a good story is a huge asset for any public speaking endeavor.
Any message for our readers?
Public speaking is really a matter of how much influence you can have on the world around you. For example, great ideas generally don’t matter much unless you can articulate your vision and get others on board with your idea. I think all of us yearn, in some way, to have greater a greater impact and control our own destiny. Public speaking skills are a tool that will aid you greatly in this.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about your book?
Thank you so much, Ryan, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!