Though he is now an experienced public speaker with hundreds of hours of presentations and speeches under his belt, Dr. Gregory Brammer still remembers how nerve-racking it was to face up to the idea of speaking in front of others for the first time. Many people struggle with anxiety when speaking in public, so try to keep the following in mind to ensure you stay calm and collected when presenting.
If you don’t spend time rehearsing your speech, it is only natural that you are going to feel less than confident when you are called upon to present it to others. Start work early and make sure that your speech has a defined structure for you to follow. Practice delivering it to others, or even in front of the mirror, so that you can make changes to clunky sections and develop a greater understanding of your subject matter.
Wake up with plenty of time to get yourself prepared before your speech. Get the clothes you will wear ready the night before, get plenty of rest and enjoy a good breakfast before you make it to the venue. Try to turn up early so that you can get comfortable in your surroundings.
It’s Okay to be Nervous
Dr. Gregory Brammer points out that many of the people in your audience will expect you to be nervous, especially if you are new to public speaking. Don’t feel bad about your nerves, as this causes you to focus more intently on them, leading to frustration that often results in mistakes being made.
Recent information provided by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicates that emergency medical personnel are having to deal with an increase in violent or abusive patients when trying to provide care. Dr. Gregory Brammer has recognized that this is an increasingly prevalent issue and aims to provide advice, training and support to those who are affected. These tips will help anybody deal with violent or abusive patients in the workplace.
- Speak softly and avoid raising your voice when speaking to patients, as this could exacerbate the issue and lead you into a shouting match that could degenerate into violence.
- Remain as neutral as possible, which means not taking sides if disputes arise between patients or with visitors. You should try to refrain from having a judgmental attitude at all times.
- Try to take control of the situation by demonstrating that you know what is best for the patient, though you must try to do so without being demanding or expecting the patient to start complying with you without first rebuilding trust. This means that you should not try to push the patient towards better behavior, instead maintaining a professional air at all times.
- Maintain distance between you and abusive patients, so that there is less chance that they could grab you or conduct themselves violently in other manners.
- Avoid prolonged and direct eye contact. When looking the patient in the eyes, try to remain calm and soothing, rather than appearing confrontational.
Dr. Gregory Brammer hopes that by following these pointers, more emergency medical personnel will be able to avoid violent instances.
Dr. Gregory Brammer has developed a reputation as an innovator in the field of advanced cardiac life support and has been involved in the training of many paramedics on the subject, particularly during his tenure as a Physician Supervisor for the Washington Area Fire Departments and a range of EMS providers in the Greater Seattle area. Basic CPR is a technique that even those outside of the medical profession can use, so follow these steps should you ever find yourself in a position where you need to apply hands-only CPR.
- Place the heel of your hand on the patient’s breastbone, which is at the center of the chest, then place your other hand on top and interlock your fingers.
- Position yourself correctly by keeping your shoulders above your hands.
- Use your entire body weight to push down into the chest to a depth of 5-6cm/2-2.5 inches.
- Keeping your hands on the chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its natural position.
- Repeat these compressions in quick success, achieving a rate between 100 and 120 compressions per minute until an ambulance arrives and emergency medical professionals can take over.
Dr. Gregory Brammer understands that there is potential for more lives to be saved if more people are capable of carrying out hands-only CPR. If you are having trouble with these steps, there are a number of stores that provide practice dummies that you can use to develop your technique so that you are prepared if an emergency situation does arise.