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effective public speaking skills
Transcript of effective public speaking skills
Research Your Topic.
Practise, Practise, Practise!
Focus On Your Message
Stories, humour, or other “sidebars” should connect to the core idea.
Anything else should be edited out.
Organise Ideas Logically.
Don't forget to bridge (link up) your paragraphs and ideas!
Use Quotations, Facts and Statistics
They help to complement and support your ideas.
For example, night owl, early bird, etc.
Tell a Story
Points wrapped up in a story are more memorable.
Start strong and close stronger.
The introduction and conclusion are very important.
People tend to remember these moments.
Give your audience something to think about on their way home.
Start With a Bang... and End With an Even Bigger Bang.
...But know how and when to use it.
But Remember: You are not a stand up comedian!
Vary Vocal Pace, Tone and Volume.
A monotone voice is like fingers on a chalkboard!
Show them how big the fish was, etc.
Utilise 3-dimensional Space.
Chaining yourself to one spot stops you from sharing your energy and passion with the audience.
Lose the Notes!
Don't rely on your notes. Try learn your speech off by heart and use cue cards with key words if necessary.
Connect With the Audience.
Eye contact is very important!
Don't be afraid to interact with the audience- ask questions, etc
Obey Time Constraints!
Practise your speech with a timer so you know exactly how long it is.
If you are sure of yourself the audience will sense this.
Make sure you are well prepared and then you can be confident that nothing can go wrong!
Handle Unexpected Issues Smoothly
for example, a power failure or a mental block, faulty microphone or comments from the audience.
Some things are beyond your control.
"He walked down the hill quickly" - say it quickly!
"She slowly opened the door" - say it slowly!
But be careful that your confidence isn't mistaken for arrogance...
Focus on Pronunciation
...not on having a perfect English accent.
Don't try to sound like a native speaker. But make sure your audience can understand you easily.
...and speak naturally! Even if you prepare your speech in a perfect accent, you'll be caught out during the question time.
Leave Your Audience with Something to Think About.
for example: "As Cicero said centuries ago, 'The skill to do comes with the doing'".
If things go wrong...
: Blow your cool.
Maintain your dignity.
: Surrender to the situation.
Your best under any circumstance.
: Continually refer to the problem.
: Keep your sense of humour.
Public Speaking Nervousness
Know your material.
Practise, practise, practise!
Know your audience.
Know your surroundings.
Relax! and Don't forget to breathe.
Remember: Everyone wants you to succeed. No one is hoping that you will fail.
Don't apologise if you make a mistake. Chances are no one noticed.
Nervousness affects your ability to perform. Overcome those butterflies and you will do great!
What do you think??
Junior Speaking Contest '12:
3rd Year Speakers
(Pien de Wolff - Dying is só 2011!)
Junior Speaking Contest '12:
2nd Year Speakers
(Sofie de Regt - Dear Future Me)
The winner of the BBC and ESU (English Speaking Union) Public Speaking Award 2012,
Vincent van Reen of the Valuas College in Venlo.
4th Year student.
Get rid of those negative thoughts and start preparing yourself to give a great speech!
3 Second Rule:
Divide the audience into three parts.
Move from one part to the other looking at the person or audience (between the eyes) for 3 seconds...
Check out youtube.com/watch?v=0mD8eQe1CQg