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Public Speaking Tips

Preparation for UNM GRC
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Erin Watley

on 8 April 2015

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Transcript of Public Speaking Tips

Vocal Delivery
* Pace
Self Presentation
* Dress for the occasion
- You start to create an impression before the first words come out of your mouth. Your audience sees you before they hear what you have to say so dress to make the best impression.
- Can impact how you feel as well

Tips and Tools for Getting Ready to Present at a Conference
Adapt to Your Audience
- Craft presentation with your audience in mind.
- It is not enough for you to just know your material.

- Avoid specialized jargon
- Be concise and direct
- Limit text that is on your visual aids
- Do not make assumptions about what the audience knows
- Dedicate more time to your findings and discussion
Body Language
* Gestures
General Tips
* Go to conferences of interest when possible

* Practice, practice, PRACTICE!!
- Give your presentation front of some type of audience beforehand.
- Time yourself (you will probably go a little faster on conference day)

* Familiarize yourself with technology and prepare for complications.

* Practice!
Grabbing Your Moment in the Spotlight!
Presenting Your Research at a Conference
- Remember that this is likely the first time that many people will be hearing about your research. You want to make sure they can hear and understand everything you say clearly, and stay interested.
SLOW DOWN!!
- Likely to talk faster than they would in normal conversation
- Practice speaking a little bit slower than what feels natural
* Volume
* Pauses
* Vocal Variety
SPEAK UP!! (But don't scream)
- You might not be able to use a microphone when presenting.
- Concentrate on strategic vocal emphasis to vary your tone and avoid yelling
BREATHE & Don't be afraid to stop talking
- Pauses can be very effective when used efficiently
- Function: Signal the end of a thought
- Emphasis: Let a key idea sink in
- Dramatic: Make an important or surprising point
NO MONOTONE!
- You can increase interest and hold attention by varying your vocal performance
- Changing the volume, pitch and speed thelps you become more expressive and engaging
* Movement
* Eye Contact
* Distractions
* Hand movements while speaking should appear natural
* Do not over use gestures
No Pacing!
* If you walk around while speaking, do so with purpose.
* Be aware of fiddling even if you are not walking and talking.
- Foot tapping, arm crossing, knuckle cracking etc. detract away from your presentation.
* Pay attention to your whole body and voice while presenting so that you can recognize and control actions influenced by nerves (ex: saying 'umm' and 'like' or biting your lip)
* Make sure your clothing is not a distraction.
* Look at your audience as you talk to them
- Make eye contact with individuals
- Establishes a connection with the group
- Is a display of confidence and sincerity
Poster Presentation
Short title that draws audience interest
Important information is visible from 10 feet away
Clear layout
300-800 words of text
Includes acknowledgments, name, institutional affiliation

http://guides.nyu.edu/posters
Dealing with Tough Situations
Answering questions that you don't know the answers to
Don't lie!
Offer to follow up
Academic challenges or confrontations
Acknowledge differences
Emphasize your approach and rationale
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