10 tips for speaking in the public
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- 1. 1. Know your materialPick a topic you are interested in. Know moreabout it than you include in your speech. Usehumor, personal stories and conversationallanguage that way you wont easily forgetwhat to say.
2. Rehearse out loud with all equipment youplan on using. Revise as necessary. Workto control filler words; Practice, pause andbreathe. Practice with a timer and allowtime for the unexpected. 3. 3. Know the audience Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. Its easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers. 4. 5. RelaxBegin by addressing the audience. It buys youtime and calms your nerves. Pause, smile andcount to three before saying anything. ("Oneone-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervousenergy into enthusiasm. 5. 6. Visualize yourself giving your speechImagine yourself speaking, your voiceloud, clear and confident. Visualize theaudience clapping it will boost yourconfidence. 6. 7. Realize that people wantyou to succeedAudiences want you to beinteresting, stimulating, informative andentertaining. Theyre rooting for you. 7. 8. Dont apologize for anynervousness or problem theaudience probably never noticed it. 8. 9. Concentrate on the message not the mediumFocus your attention away from yourown anxieties and concentrate on yourmessage and your audience. 9. 10. Gain experienceMainly, your speech should representyou as an authority and as a person.Experience builds confidence, which isthe key to effective speaking. AToastmasters club can provide theexperience you need in a safe andfriendly environment.