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May 15, 2008
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After reviewing my coaching session, I realized that if I want to reach my goals in life, I have to overcome my fear of talking in public and on camera. Until now I have always done everything possible to avoid situations that requires public speaking, or interviews on camera. It's amazing that I have gotten this far in life, but I always seem to find an angle to avoid these situations.
For example, a few months back I was given the task of giving CPR training to my entire staff, which is seventy people. I was a wreck all week, so the morning of the training I announced to everybody that I was going to give the training outside, so it would be more conducive for CPR training. Although, the real reason was to bring the training to my comfort zone, which is in a non formal outdoor setting.
The training went great. I wasn't the least bit nervous. However, I didn't face my fear, which would be getting up in front of those same people and giving a formal presentation inside a training room.
My point is that I need to face this fear in order to make it past the oral interview. I have signed up for a toast master class and I am opting to give a presentation for my Intro to Fire Science project, which is optional. Better late than never. Steve
Reply: I'm surprised. I didn't pick that up talking to you. It's not uncommon though. The top fear is speaking in front of a group.
"Everyone has butterflies. The trick is to get them to all fly in the same formation."
Battalion Chief Steve Lewis said, “If you are a good public speaker I can’t guarantee you will get a job in the fire service, but if you’re not a good public speaker, I can guarantee you’ll never get a job as a firefighter”.
At an interview seminar Battalion Chief Steve Lewis, asked the audience, “Who here works out?” Everyone raised their hands. Then he addressed a really fit guy in the front of the audience and asked, “ How often do you work out?” The reply, “Two hours a day”. That was clear. The guy was in good shape. Then he asked the guy, “How often do you practice your interview skills?” The reply, blank stare.
I thought, “Wow, good point. I never thought of it that way.” Most of us have youth on our side and could smoke the agility without any preparation, but the agility is just pass/fail. So is the written. The interview is generally 100% of your score. GOOD LUCK! Chris Bertran
Sage advice. Speaking skills should be the cornerstone of every firefighter candidate who is pursuing a badge. Getting a firefighter job is all presentation skills!
Interesting enough speaking in front of a group is the top rated fear. The second greatest fear is dying. A guy was speaking at the funeral of his friend. He said, “My friend laying in the casket is better off than I am up here speaking.” Those who have been panel members on oral boards have first hand knowledge. We see candidates with great credentials but don’t have the speaking skills to present them.
To improve your skills is to religiously practice with enthusiasm using your hand help recorder that goes everywhere your car keys go. This alone will reduce up to 75% of the butterflies. You want the remaining 25% to carry you through your interview.
Take a public-speaking class at a local college, get coaching (Check out the Coaching session page on eatstress.com) and join Toastmasters.
Here’s a quick learner:
IT HAPPENED!!! I got the phone call last week that told me congratulations and to see if I could start the next academy on may 12. I nearly lost my voice after I hung up with all the yelling I did of pure excitement. I bought your program http://www.eatstress.com/special_offer.htm and treated it like a bible. I listened to the c.d.'s everyday, read the book cover to cover, and got the all-important tape recorder and I have to say if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be starting my dream job. This was my fourth test and FIRST ORAL BOARD. People couldn't believe I got hired so fast. I just used my life experience like you said and showed them that I could already do the job. What you do for guys like me is amazing every time I had a question I e-mailed you and got a reply fast. I hope that one day we meet in person so I can shake your hand and say thank you. Forever in your debt, Morgan
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