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10 Tips for Public Speaking

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental.   I found these tips on the Toastmaster’s website that I thought I’d share:

  • Know your material.  Pick a topic you are interested in.  Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice!  Rehearse out loud.  Practice with a timer in front of a family member or close friend.
  • Know the audience.  It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
  • Know the room.  Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  • Relax.  Begin by addressing the audience.  It buys you time and calms your nerves.  Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything.
  • Visualize yourself giving your speech.  Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident.  Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
  • Realize that people want you to succeed.  Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining.  They’re rooting for you.
  • Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it.
  • Concentrate on the message, not the medium.  Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
  • Gain experience.  Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.  Come and visit our Toastmasters meeting and find out what it’s all about!