Public Speaking: 8 Mindset Tips for Delivering a Stellar Speech or Presentation (Part 1)

Before I outline 4 of the 8 mindset tips for giving a stellar speech, you need to know that communication confidence didn’t come easy for me.  In fact, there was a time when I was so fearful of being around people, that I consciously avoided it.  After I realized that my fear was holding me back in a huge way, I sought out professional mentors who taught me techniques to change my mindset.

Life-changing Tools

Those mindset techniques were life-changing for me.  They afforded me the ability to pursue my life’s passions.  I’ve successfully learned how to scuba dive, ride my off-road motorcycle in the sand moguls of the Mohave desert, through the woods in mud and rocks in Central Wisconsin where I live, climb the Peton Mountains of Saint Lucia, ballet dance, and wake-board on the Fox River in Green Bay, WI, and in the ocean off of Saint Lucia.  I learned ad did it all in my adult life.  Those same mindset tools are what empowered me to create Master Your Accent.  I need to share them with you so too, you can pursue your dreams and move into your potential.

In addition to the verbal and nonverbal communication skills to give a stellar speech, mindset is a critical component.  Follow these 8 mindset tips to get out of your own way so you can capture and engage your audience every time.

  1. Get to know your conditioned self.   Be be aware that your conditioned self  will sometimes try everything in the book to stop you from changing, trying something new, or taking risks even when it’s in your best interest.
  2. Challenge your fears.  Do what’s scary anyway.  If you’re fearful of public speaking, challenge that fear by facing it.
  3. Risk making mistakes.  You don’t’ grow without making some mistakes.  Successful famous influential people (including public speakers) have made numerous mistakes.  The biggest mistake you can make is to hold back from public speaking for fear of making mistakes.  You can make your speech or presentation successful by investing into the planning necessary to make it the success it, you, and your audience deserve.
  4. Be willing to invest the time and energy into your new skills.  Realize that the journey itself is meaningful and that you will be more fulfilled and empowered just for trying.


Although voice inflection, nonverbal communication, content, and organization are important in making a good speech great, the mindset that you have along the way is critical to getting out of your own way.  A healthy mindset allows you to tap into your full potential.  By being mindful of your own tendencies to minimize short-term discomfort, you’ll enjoy the following benefits of public speaking success: long-term satisfaction, new learning, experience, and reaching the people who are meant to hear your message.  Ultimately, you’ll get out of your and importantly, your audience’s way.

To your communication excellence,



Dorothy FitzerMay 21st, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Hey Cher – Thanks for emphasizing the mindset issue. I’ve been to several networking events lately where I noticed a few folks really had the polish on their presentation – but it was hard to feel the authentic person there. So not engaging to me. I personally prefer an unpolished real self showing up over just the show. Blessings!

SangitaMay 21st, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Hello Cher,
I have learned to dialogue with my condition self a day to two before my workshops and it helps a lot. I love your first point -Get to know your condition self and the rest can be taken care of easily:) Thank you for sharing.

Dan lofgrenMay 21st, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I think the advice about moving forward even if your nervous is very helpful. I always appreciate your advice and I think that speaking to groups is going to be the biggest way I reach people.

Tina GamesMay 21st, 2014 at 10:00 pm

These are excellent tips, Cher! ~ Having met you in person, I’m surprised to know that you were ever uncomfortable around people. ~ You exude confidence! ~ Apparently, your tips really work! 🙂 ~ Thank you for walking your talk!

TeenaMay 22nd, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Cher – Concise, clear and practical tips for developing a healthy mindset to help us succeed at life’s challenges! Thank you -Taking risks are part of my life adventure 🙂


marthaMay 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I’m impressed by all your accomplishments! I love that you talked about getting to know your condition self. I find it so helpful to have that dialogue with (cs) and ask what is it’s purpose for being there. Also I love the phrase “just do it”. I think stepping into the fear is huge and believe we must step into the darkness to find the light.

Cher GundersonMay 23rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Dorothy, it’s endearing that you call it “the show.” It’s a trap we fall into and when we can make it clean, concise, relatable, and also authentic, that is where the connection occurs…thank you for your insights.


Cher GundersonMay 23rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

You’re so very welcome. I’m grateful that you’re taking these tips and implementing them in a way that impacts not only the way you love yourself, but also in a way that allows people to prosper from your teachings.

To you Sangita,


Cher GundersonMay 23rd, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I’m so glad to hear this. Speaking to groups creates credibility and gives people the chance to get to know you and choose to pursue further work with you.
Rock on Dan!

Cher GundersonMay 23rd, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Yes, Tina-I share that and am open about it because of just that-people can realize they have the power to take great strides to manifest their ideal selves-the selves that their highest parts know they can be. That’s why I’m passionate about it-I’ve been there…

🙂 Thank you Tina,

Cher GundersonMay 23rd, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Keep taking those risks. They seem to serve you well 🙂 You perhaps are becoming a risk aficionado?


Cher GundersonMay 23rd, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Just do it-it is a powerful motto. In fact, when I was doing television commercials, I did a run-through with lines from Nike. Just doing it bypasses the effects of thinking too much. Preparation and “just doing it” are a powerful combination.

🙂 To your continued success Martha,

SvetlanaMay 24th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Cher, I can very well relate to your tips, especially one about risking making mistakes since I have made a few huge ones when I hosted my online-events… :)) and which made me to avoid doing them for some time… Learning from the experience and still doing it is definitively a better way to go!
Thank you,

Cher GundersonMay 28th, 2014 at 4:57 pm


It’s so refreshing you’re willing to make mistakes and move forward from your learning. Kudos to you.


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