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How to overcome the fear of public speaking
The fear of speaking in public is one of the most widespread ever. If you too often find yourself speaking in public and want to find out how to present your ideas without fear, this article is for you. It contains the summary of the methods I use to present in public to large audiences without any anxiety.

How to eliminate the fear of public speaking
Fear of public speaking has a major problem, it steals your energy and makes you focus on possible mistakes. Your urge to overcome it shouldn’t be focused only on the fact that you find yourself for your job speaking in public, but especially for the goals you set yourself.

You see, today many news media are disappearing in favor of digital communication. Books take on less importance in favor of the great speed of online publications. A scientific book published today is already old, in the times of publication, there are a thousand updates.

Or think about any fast-moving topic. Imagine writing a Coronavirus book today. In 2-3 months it would be old.

TV also has an increasingly marginal weight in favor of Youtube and other video-based social media.

CDs have disappeared in favor of selling songs online. However, the concerts resist. Live activity always pleases and will always be relevant, it will always be fresh information.

Net of all this, public speaking is a fundamental skill and has unlimited power, it allows you to quickly convince an audience. And to do that you have to use the right strategy. Notice, despite the very strong power of online communication, webinars, e-learning, public communication holds up very well. A pandemic had to arrive in order to re-evaluate e-learning.

In fact, we observed an increase in sales in e-learning courses during the quarantine. Because it was the only mode available. On the other hand, distance teaching in schools was complex, but this is another chapter.

First and foremost you should primarily be motivated by your results. Half of the results I got, I did with public speaking, the rest with the internet.

The effectiveness of a winning public speech can amplify your network of contacts, promote sales but also adhesion to your ideas.

And think about it, whenever you are in front of an audience, the power is multiplied by the number of people you have in the classroom. And if even 2 or 3 people in the classroom adhere to your idea or invite you to take part in a work project, you may have changed your life.

Why is there fear of public speaking?
You may have wondered. Why are people afraid of public speaking and why it is so widespread. Today, compared to the past, people fortunately do not have to fear for their physical safety. Mortality is getting less and less. Life expectancy is increasing more and more.

It may seem unreal to you without all the threatening information we get from the media, but ultimately we’re fine. And no matter how many problems and limitations you may find, if you are in Italy you are on the lucky side of the world.

Italy ranks sixth in the world for life expectancy. What’s the point?
You can’t be afraid of too many things at the same time. In the past, the human mind was busy surviving every day. Our body is programmed to react to the need to survive.

If you were subjected to physical phobic stimuli, your mind would not have the time to think about the fears related to sociability.

The same is true for eating disorders. Think about this paradox.

Eating disorders are more frequent in welfare societies. Where there are no food problems, anorexia and bulimia increase.

This happens because your body is programmed to react to itself

very dangerous thymols, is programmed to fight for survival. But in the absence of physical problems and survival risks, your mind becomes crowded with social fears.

Will I be adequate?

Will the way I introduce myself be able to fascinate part of the audience?

Will I be able to convince?

Will people like me?

Underlying these questions are social fears, including that of public speaking. But I guess you agree with me that activating your “fight or flight” system in a social context is an excessive response.

When you speak in public – it is true – there is a stake. But there’s no mention of your survival.

There is no reason to be afraid to speak in public
At the basis of the fear of public speaking there is a main concept: social reputation.

If you prepare yourself well enough, if you work long enough you cannot lose reputation.

Sure you may be uncertain, but to lose your social reputation you really need to do something immoral or ethical.

Indeed, in my experience it is not so much insecurity that makes one lose credibility. But the security of saying something incredibly wrong. See this video (finished at Striscia la Notizia).

Seen? Did she seem like an insecure person?

He was actually very confident, good presence and good body language.

He also got off to a good start in motivating his employees but the metaphor was wrong. Waterloo is Napoleon’s disaster and certainly not his masterpiece. And this is what creates the comic effect. Or see this

We are undoubtedly facing a qualified professional. But what is the effect that great self-confidence has?

As you can see, being confident is not necessarily something that improves external perception.

How to relax before speaking in public
One of the strategies you can use to improve your public speaking is to apply relaxation techniques before going in public. There are very effective techniques that reduce stress mechanically.

I leave you here a list of techniques that you can apply them. To be well prepared, do them before speaking in public.

If you don’t have time or time to prepare before going out in public, do them once a day for a week before speaking in public.

Here are the simplest:

Progressive Muscle Relaxation: is based on the contraction and decontraction of muscle groups. Contract your arm to maximum power, hold for a few seconds and relax. Work with all the muscles in your body
Self-hypnosis techniques: they are based on concentration focused on a stimulus
Deep breathing. Here you will find a complete manual with 14 breathing techniques.
If you apply deep breathing you cannot experience anxiety. It is an almost physical mechanism. But you have to do it long enough and train yourself so that you no longer feel any anxiety.

If you prefer to be guided by my words, I have prepared a guided exercise. You can access the video below.

I advise you to:

adopt a comfortable posture
choose a place where no one can interrupt you
set the mobile phone to silent mode ????

Try it out and let me know how it goes. If you want you can also write me on Whatsapp here.

Methods for arriving calmly in the classroom
Prepare well, repeat the didactic contents. Note that what is important are the values ​​and contents. There is no time to be afraid, there is only time to think about the real protagonists of the classroom. It will be counterintuitive but the protagonist is not you. The protagonists are the participants.

Only by grasping this basic idea is it possible to overcome the fear of public speaking. The protagonist is not you. So why do you have to put all your attention on internal sensations?

Focus your gaze on various points of the audience and keep eye contact rhythmically with every part of the audience. Think about this and you won’t be able to think about fear at the same time.

Don’t think about your internal feelings, think about others?

If you can’t block your movements. Think of self-suggestive phrases like “I imagine my feet as roots sinking into the earth”. This will help you take a solid stand. Solid body posture not only transfers a greater sense of security into what you say. But it also changes your mind.

There is a wealth of research demonstrating a two-way relationship between body language and physiological markers.

Change your posture and your physiology will adapt.

Study a lot
If you study a lot you cannot arrive unprepared. This is the logic. More than thinking about anxiety, channel that energy to study a lot. In the end, even if the strategy were to partially succeed, people might recognize that there is a bit of stress, but they would value you for the content.

Better an insecure speaker. On the other hand, the world of knowledge is so large that you can’t know everything. Be sure

issimi but saying inaccurate things is worse than opening to doubt but with a lot of valid content.

And when I say study a lot, my suggestion is not just reading books. See many examples of public communication, they help you have the flexibility you need in a public speech.

Speaking in public means not only expressing oneself with confidence, but being able to handle any objection and criticality. And I assure you, after 10 years of work in the classroom I can assure you that everything happens. But by studying the communication of those involved in public speaking you will notice, that it takes a lot of training.

Just think, even people very used to speaking in public have great difficulties and can make mistakes, make public gaffes.

An unusual piece of advice I want to give you is the following:

you see a lot of comedy videos. Learning self-irony, having fun in the classroom is a key skill for speaking in public
study political communication. Although this is relatively easy. The rallies do not have a space for questions and do not have a cross-examination
see many episodes of TED, these speeches are structured on storytelling concepts and to be effective. You see lots of them. If you are afraid to speak in public
Gradually expose yourself to the stimulus
Knowing the classroom where you are going to talk helps you a lot.

If you have to speak in public, enter the classroom first.

See every aspect of it.

Explore it from every perspective.

Sit at various points in the audience and imagine yourself on stage.

Familiarize yourself with the classroom first.

Meet with the participants and talk to them individually. When you know your target you are less afraid and you will be more well liked. It also takes a long time to do this. Spend your time probing the needs of the audience.

Connect with others and ask yourself what they expect from your speech. There is no time for fear.

Contact a psychologist
If none of this works, it might also be interesting to address this fear with a psychologist. The psychologist is the reference figure for dealing with fear. If none of these methods don’t work, it’s probably best to get personal advice. If you need some advice you can send me a message on Whatsapp for advice, so I can point out colleagues in your area.

I have excellent news for you. I am creating a free system for dealing with fear of public speaking based on virtual reality
As you know, I work on projects approved by the European Commission on psychology and education in every sector. And every year we propose various projects to Brussels which, if approved, we can provide for free.

We just won one over fear of public speaking. I wrote it and it will involve 6 participating nations.

What’s the beauty?

if you want you can apply as an international delegate and travel to international meetings and events in the participating countries
you can access content to reduce the fear of public speaking for free
The project we won is called “Virtual Reality Simulator Against Public Speaking Phobia”.

It is based on the simulation of a virtual reality simulator to try to speak in public in a simulated context. In this way you will be able to rehearse your speech in great autonomy and you will have a guide that will suggest how to adapt your language.

You will be able to expose yourself to audiences of increasing difficulty and strengthen your way of speaking in public.

You can do all this without risking anything because you will try in virtual reality.

Now you are wondering how much will such a technological system cost?

It costs nothing ????

The project is funded by the European Commission and therefore is free for all participants. In fact, you can apply the system directly on your smartphone (and with an adapter).

The project will go on for two years and we have very important groups in partnership.

The first is Ascss Raquel Lombardi, a solidarity association from the island of Madeira. We have an important partnership with them.

Websummit is Back!

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 00:00 Published in U Tech

To Web Summit ( το μεγαλύτερο ευρωπαϊκό Συνέδριο Τεχνολογίας και Καινοτομίας) επέστρεψε στη Λισαβόνα, μετά από την περσινή διαδικτυακή διεξαγωγή.

Πάνω από 40.000 επισκέπτες αναμένονται φέτος, δηλαδή λίγο πάνω από τους μισούς που την είχαν επισκεφτεί το 2019, ενώ για πρώτη φορά οι γυναίκες που συμμετέχουν είναι παραπάνω από τους άντρες!

Το κλίμα και τα κρυπτονομίσματα είναι τα θέματα που κυριαρχούν.

Στη Web Summit μετέχουν οκτώ ελληνικές startup, με αντικείμενα την υγεία, τον τουρισμό και το εμπόριο.

Για πρώτη φορά, πάνω από το 50% των συμμετεχόντων είναι γυναίκες, συγκεκριμένα 50,5%.

Η Λισαβόνα φιλοδοξεί να εξελιχθεί σε «εργοστάσιο unicorn», δηλαδή νεοφυών επιχειρήσεων που η αξία τους ξεπερνά το ένα δισεκατομμύριο δολάρια.

«Για να δημιουργήσουμε θέσεις εργασίας πρέπει να μετατρέψουμε την ιδέα σε προϊόν» είπε σε δηλώσεις του ο δήμαρχος της Λισαβόνας, Κάρλος Μπέδας. «Αυτό είναι το σημαντικό. Μπορεί να υπάρχουν πολλοί με ωραίες ιδέες και εφευρέσεις. Όμως οι εφευρέσεις δεν είναι καινοτομίες. Καινοτομία είναι κάτι νέο και χρήσιμο.»

Η European Startup Nation Alliance θα βρίσκεται στο Pavilhão de Portugal. Η κυβέρνηση παρέχει 1,5 εκατ. ευρώ ετησίως.

Το ESNA εγκαινιάστηκε επίσημα σήμερα το πρωί, στη σκηνή του Web Summit, από τον υπουργό Οικονομίας,
Pedro Siza Vieira.

Με μια πολύ ελαφριά δομή, - "περίπου δέκα άτομα", είπε ο Pedro Siza Vieira σήμερα το πρωί, σε συνέντευξη Τύπου στο Web Summit, - η European Startup Nation Alliance (ESNA) θα εδρεύει στο Pavilhão de Portugal, στη Λισαβόνα, και θα κοστίσει στο ταμείο του Δημοσίου 1,5 εκατ. ευρώ ετησίως, προερχόμενο απευθείας από το σχέδιο ανάκαμψης και ανθεκτικότητας (PRR). Πέραν αυτού του ποσού, η Κυβέρνηση θα έχει ακόμη 500 χιλιάδες ευρώ επιπλέον, από το πρόγραμμα European Horizon.


Το ποσό θα διατεθεί κυρίως για το κόστος δομής, η ESNA - που ξεκίνησε επίσημα σήμερα το πρωί στην κεντρική σκηνή του Web Summit - θα δημιουργήσει μια ευρωπαϊκή βάση δεδομένων για startups, scaleups και unicorns. "Αξιολογούμε τις πληροφορίες και ευθυγραμμίζουμε τις πολιτικές σύμφωνα με τα συμπεράσματα που εξάγουμε", εξήγησε ο Πορτογάλος υπουργός Οικονομίας.


Το ESNA προτάθηκε από την κυβέρνηση κατά τη διάρκεια της πορτογαλικής Προεδρίας του Συμβουλίου της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης και αποστολή του είναι να δημιουργήσει μια πολιτική συμμαχία μεταξύ των κρατών μελών (και της Ισλανδίας) ώστε οι επιχειρηματίες να μπορούν να επωφεληθούν πλήρως από το δυναμικό της ευρωπαϊκής ενιαίας αγοράς. «Έχουμε περισσότερες startups από τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, αλλά οι startups μας αντιμετωπίζουν πολύ περισσότερες δυσκολίες», σχολίασε ο Siza Vieira στη σκηνή.


Βασισμένη σε οκτώ αρχές, η συμφωνία - χωρίς δημόσια προγραμματισμένη πρόταση προς το παρόν - προσπαθεί να αναζητήσει βέλτιστες πρακτικές σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο, όσον αφορά την υποστήριξη των εταιρειών, σε όλες τις φάσεις ανάπτυξής τους, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της προσπάθειας κεφαλαιοποίησης.


Το ESNA θα είναι πλήρως λειτουργικό αργότερα φέτος και η πορτογαλική κυβέρνηση θα ξεκινήσει σύντομα διαγωνισμό για να βρει έναν ηγέτη για τη δομή. Ο μεγαλύτερος στόχος είναι να διπλασιαστεί ο αριθμός των unicorns (εταιρειών αξίας άνω του ενός δισεκατομμυρίου ευρώ) στην Ευρώπη, αλλά και να αυξηθεί ο αριθμός των κατά κεφαλήν startups και η συμμετοχή των γυναικών στην επιχειρηματικότητα.


Εκτός από τον Pedro Siza Vieira, εκπρόσωποι από άλλα κράτη μέλη ήταν στη σκηνή για την έναρξη του ESNA - το καθένα θα έχει τον δικό του προϋπολογισμό με τα ποσά που θέλει να διαθέσει στην πρωτοβουλία - όπως η Ισπανία, το Βέλγιο και η Τσεχική Δημοκρατία και επίσης από την Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή.


Wednesday, 20 October 2021 11:17 Published in U Tech
After a year’s hiatus, Slush will host an in-person startup event in Helsinki on December 1–2, 2021. This year, 3,200 startup founders and operators and 1,500 investors are expected to join Slush, with 8,000 attendees in total. First speakers have been announced today and the public ticket sale starts on September 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM GMT+3 at slush.org.

In 2020, Slush built an online platform for matchmaking, Node by Slush, and kept working on Soaked by Slush, a startup media founded in 2019. Even though Slush’s year of 2020 ended up being successful, the main event still remains the crown jewel of Slush. Now, the transition back to normal is on its way, and this time around, changes to the main event need to be made in order to arrange it safely and successfully.

“We will make sure that Slush 2021 is safe for our visitors. As we are planning the health safety measures, we want to protect the things that make the event special. Slush is built around meaningful in-person encounters and stumbling across opportunities: these are things we can’t fully achieve in the remote world. We encourage our visitors to commit to the health measures like we do to achieve a safe Slush experience that still feels like Slush”, says Miika Huttunen, CEO of Slush.

To ensure the safety of the event, Slush commits to start using the Covid-19 passport and, for example, reinforce cleaning at the event venue, implement a no handshakes -policy and offer masks for every attendee.

This year’s theme is built around the new age of entrepreneurship: the entrepreneurial renaissance. Slush 2021 will spark a discussion on how entrepreneurship should change. In practice, the program aims to give founders the tools to tackle the most critical challenges of our time. As a new addition to the program, Slush brings out Builder’s Studio, a concept where people behind startups show how an excellent startup is built - over the course of 15 hours.

“This year, more than ever before, it is likely that the person you’ll meet in Slush is either someone who shares the same struggles with you or knows how to help you through them”, Huttunen adds.

Top level speakers from companies such as Tinder, Calm, and Miro will be seen on stage this year. As in previous years, some of the most renowned startup founders and investors globally will be joining. Among the first batch of 32 speakers, published today on slush.org, are Daniel Dines (Co-founder & CEO of UiPath), Luciana Lixandru (Partner at Sequoia), Peter Carlsson (Founder & CEO of Northvolt), Lila Ibrahim (COO at DeepMind), Guillaume Pousaz (Founder & CEO of Checkout.com), Sujata Bhatia (COO at Monzo), and Denis Sverdlov (Founder & CEO of Arrival). In total, Slush will feature more than 150 speakers and moderators over the two days.

“There is a clear demand for face-to-face interaction in the startup world. It might seem that we are more connected than ever, but the truth is, some things can’t be achieved remotely. Sharing the highs and lows with peers, getting and giving advice and having serendipitous meetings are essential for every founder’s journey. Slush creates an environment where these things will happen, under one roof for two days”, Huttunen adds.

Slush is a not-for-profit movement on a mission to create and help founders that change the world. The main event brings together the people of the ecosystem at the Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki (Messukeskus) on December 1–2, 2021. Slush offers year-round support for founders with Node by Slush, a curated online community that gives startup founders access to all the resources they need on their founder journey, and Soaked by Slush, the leading European source of founder advice and startup commentary.

• In 2019, with 25,000 individual attendees, Slush brought together 3,500 startups and 2,000 investors from over 110 countries.
• In 2021, Slush expects 8,000 attendees in total: 3,200 startup founders and operators and 1,500 investors.
• A total of 150 speakers and moderators will be joining Slush.
• Slush opens public ticket sales on September 1, 2021, at slush.org. The first batch of tickets are sold with Hatching Bird pricing until September 12, or as long as the campaign-priced tickets are still available. New speakers are announced in the upcoming weeks on slush.org and other Slush channels.

More information:

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Slush pictures

Μια νέα πρωτοβουλία που έχει στόχο τη στήριξη των γυναικών επιχειρηματιών στο χώρο της τεχνολογίας, ανακοίνωσε η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση.

Αφουγκραζόμενη την ανάγκη για περισσότερη υποστήριξη και αναγνωρίζοντας το κενό που υπάρχει στο ευρωπαϊκό οικοσύστημα, η ΕΕ σχεδίασε το Women TechEU, το οποίο πρόκειται να προσφέρει καθοδήγηση και χρηματοδότηση σε επιλεγμένες γυναίκες επιχειρηματίες για να βοηθήσει την επιχείρησή τους να περάσει στο επόμενο επίπεδο.

Συγκεκριμένα, το πρόγραμμα θα παρέχει επιχορηγήσεις ύψους 75.000 ευρώ σε κάθε επιχειρηματία. Η καθοδήγηση θα δοθεί από το Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο Καινοτομίας, στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος “Women Leadership”, που περιλαμβάνει ειδικές εκδηλώσεις δικτύωσης και προώθησης.

Σημειώνεται ότι η λεγόμενη “βαθιά τεχνολογία” αντιπροσωπεύει πάνω από το ένα τέταρτο του ευρωπαϊκού οικοσυστήματος καινοτομίες, με τις ευρωπαϊκές εταιρείες Deep Tech να αποτιμώνται τώρα σε συνολικά 700 δισεκατομμύρια ευρώ. Ωστόσο, οι γυναίκες εξακολουθούν να έχουν πολύ μικρή παρουσία σε αυτόν τον κλάδο. Την ίδια ώρα, όσες ξεκινούν τη δική τους επιχείρηση, αντιμετωπίζουν αυξημένες δυσκολίες, λόγω διακρίσεων και στερεοτύπων, που είναι ακόμα δυστυχώς αρκετά ισχυρά στον χώρο της τεχνολογίας.

Αυτό ακριβώς το πρόβλημα στοχεύει να λύσει η ΕΕ με το Women TechEU. Η πρόσκληση υποβολής προτάσεων είναι ανοιχτή. Η προθεσμία υποβολής λήγει στις 17 Νοεμβρίου 2021 στις 17:00. Μπορείτε να δηλώσετε συμμετοχή εδώ.

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