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I have ADHD and my brain goes a million miles a minute which makes it difficult to express myself. I really want to ramble less and make points both more quickly, and succinctly. I’d also like to improve my delivery and persuasion when speaking to my team and clients both conversationally and while presenting work. Does anyone happen to have videos or online courses that they could recommend? I’d really appreciate it!

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Totally struggle with this as well. One thing that really helped me - although super painful - was watching recordings of zoom meetings. You can pick up on your own habits and any fidgets. I also write a specific set of bullets I need/want to communicate before a preso. It gets easier - and good for you for putting in the effort to improve!!

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This is very helpful, thank you!

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I have ADD. I learned early on to simplify everything. Learning to keep things high level, memorizing the main points, and using conversation as a bridge between the points has worked well for me. This approach keeps things light and easy to remember. Conversational approach helps humanize your delivery. Once you master this you will start to find comfort enough to apply humor which will further make the whole experience more natural. Another thing I do is to compare how at ease I am talking to friends and family. Recognizing my cadence and pinpointing what is working.

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Don’t have a solid resource. But, the best piece of advice that helped me was “wait. Then speak.” a pregnant pause benefits you for mental clarity and gives weight to what you’re about to say. Don’t be afraid simply take a beat before you respond to a question or give your thoughts. Did wonders for me.

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Can try an online improv/standup/storytelling class

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A lot of people self diagnose and then don’t find the right solutions. Many are suffering from far less severe issues anxiety and stress can effect concentration but that’s not ADHD. Seek a professional opinion and they can offer information.

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Let me get this straight, did you just respond to a stranger’s request for public speaking/communication resources by insinuating that their medically diagnosed learning disability they happen to have is actually just anxiety and that they should validate your half-baked suspicion by seeking mental help instead of self-improvement resources…? Yikes. Not that it’s your business but I have a great therapist and helpful medication, I just also have a swirling brain that gets a little too excited to focus when I talk to people. Thanks for your unsolicited disability denial, but no thanks.

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I have the same problem. It helps to always have notes in front of me, and if you don’t want to look down, open your notes app and put it next to your zoom screen, it keeps you on topic. Other things that help are rehearsing and practicing the things you need to say. Even if it’s a matter of the client asking questions and not knowing the answers, you’re always going to have certain things you can focus on and emphasize and bring them back to.

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I definitely feel like confidence is key. Public speaking classes, improv, acting classes definitely help (I’ve taken a lot of those over the years and they’ve seriously boosted my confidence) but I feel like all the CDs who confidently take charge of presentations like it’s nothing can do so because they’ve been doing it for so long. Like the more experience you get in front of people the easier it is. I think you can definitely be a take charge leader like that, too, it just takes practice!

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Have you tried cannabis?

Some people can be quite productive when buzzed/high, I’m not one of those people. If anything, my thoughts swirl even more and I speak far less cohesively. I also smoke for pleasure and relaxing at the end of a day, I don’t think the association of smoking during office hours would be healthy for me even if I could. I appreciate your suggestion, though!

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