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The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

A couple of months ago, my younger sister got married in a beautiful ceremony at her church. Our father has pastored this rural, evangelical church for the past twenty-nine years. Therefore, this special place to both of us was the obvious right venue to have her wedding at. After the wedding ceremony, my parents hosted a reception in the church’s activity building. My sister even decorated this large building herself. Have you picked a venue for your wedding, but don’t know where to have your reception at? When looking for the right place to have this special event, consider your personality and the personality of your future mate. For instance, if you’re cowboy or a cowgirl, you probably wouldn’t enjoy a wedding reception at an upscale country club in town. On this blog, you will discover the best places to host a wedding reception at.

The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

Are You Afraid Of Public Speaking?

by Virgil Woods

If you are not crazy about speaking in front of even a small group of people, that fear might be multiplied if you have to address a large crowd. Knowing that there are many people who share your fear probably doesn't help. However, there are things that can help you not to be afraid of public speaking. Read on for some ideas that might make a big difference.

Practice And Practice Some More - Think of ways you can practice in front of people. Start by choosing a subject you love. For instance, say you are known for your love of gardening. Choose a small group of family members and invite them to simply sit in an informal setting while you tell them how you select your plants for each season. Next time, invite the same people, plus some close friends to the same setting and give them more information on the subject you love. Do this several times to see if you begin to have a good feeling of sharing something you enjoy talking about.

Know Your Subject Well - You might not be lucky enough to be asked to speak on gardening or anything else you love. But, you more than likely won't be asked to speak before a group unless you are well-qualified for what you are expected to present. Organize your thoughts, write them on an index card, and go over them again and again, hopefully in front of at least a small group of people. Once you are totally familiar with the thoughts you want to express, you will probably feel better prepared to say those things out loud.

Join A Support Group - The expression, Misery loves company, might turn out to be a real help to you. Think of joining a group of other people who share your same fear of public speaking. Those individuals might give you good ideas on how you can feel more comfortable as a public speaker. For instance, you've probably heard of picturing somebody in your audience wearing a funny hat. If that helped somebody else, maybe it will help you, too. 

Collect some interesting and amusing anecdotes that you can use for the opening of your address. When you see the audience laugh, remember they're laughing at the story you told and not at you. That laughter might connect you to the group you are addressing. You might even find that you enjoyed giving the presentation.  

If you want to overcome a fear of public speaking, consider these tips and consider speaking with a speech-coach