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Speaking Out at City Hall - an event held for the GLA Women's Network. Katie Streten spoke about common concerns when speaking in public and how to deal with them, from presentations to meetings

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  • 1.Public speaking self-help Tips for confident speaking Katie Streten Imagination

2. Content

  • A bit about me
  • All the self help you need!
  • A word about meetings
  • Conclusion

3. A bit about me

  • Head of Strategy in Imagination/ Digital
  • 2 presentation courses
  • LAMDA Spoken English Intermediate qualification
  • Hate asking questions once a speaker has finished

4. Addressing fears1 Everyone will think Im a fraud

  • You have been asked for your opinion/ to speak
  • the fear of being found out for being a bit rubbish. Armando Ianucci

5. Addressing fears 1 No one will be interested

  • They are there!
  • You have been asked to speak
  • Think aboutthemwhat can yougivethem

6. How to prepare

  • Prepare Write your script out long hand
  • Read it to a friend, partner or yourself(repeat ad nauseam)
  • Write card notes
  • Highlight key moments
  • Dont practice too much!

7. Image is everything

  • Bullet points
  • Interesting pictures
  • Yourself dress appropriately

8. Make everyone else relax!

  • The first thing you should do Smile
  • Secondly say hello
  • Jokes If in doubt use other peoples

9. Make yourself relax!

  • Dont look at the crowd!
  • Pick 3 spots to the left, middle and back
  • Place your mate at the back to smile at you!
  • Speak slowly

10. Make it feel more like a conversation

  • The audience hate it too!
  • Move your arms at waist height
  • Dont have a rigid script

11. Addressing fears 3 Dont fear the speaker

  • Most other people are thinking exactly the same as you
  • Its their problem not yours
  • You are helping someone in the audience probably a woman

12. A word about meetings

  • Butt in, dont wait
  • Men are not women
  • Your point might not be as irrelevant as you think

13. Conclusion

  • People genuinely want to hear what you have to say
  • Think about your audience what can you give them?
  • Butt in and believe that at least one person needs you to ask this question you!
  • If all else fails..


  • Please try and remember the full detail of 1 speech you have heard in your life

exactly. 15. Katie Streten


Any questions? Be brave!