People can be more frightened of public speaking than of spiders and death.
Don’t panic! Here come my ten tips for success…
- Planning and preparing well will help develop your confidence, and ensure that your speech or presentation is a success
- Focus: Decide on your aim and objectives for the presentation – find out about your audience’s needs, so it’s relevant to them
- Gather, prioritise and structure your material
- Make brief speaking notes and cue cards to refer to, or if you’re reading a formal script, learn Reading Aloud skills
- Use a visual aid to make it more interesting and memorable – but it doesn’t have to be Powerpoint
- Rehearse, especially first and last words. Increase confidence, ensure smooth performance and find where you need to make changes
- Deal with nerves. Even though you’re prepared and rehearsed, you’ll feel nervous, so study some confidence-building techniques
- Work on your vocal and non-verbal communication, develop an interesting voice and support your message with your body language
- Prepare for questions in advance, and practice your assertiveness skills for handling the difficult audience with style
- ‘How did I do?’ Seek and accept feedback positively, work on your message and delivery for improving your next presentation
Speaking Well In Public’s portfolio of training courses will help you to become a more confident, polished and powerful speaker.
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