Posts Tagged 'public speaking tips'

Feeling safe in your speaking environment

This post on Facebook’s “The Official Toastmasters International Members Group” page today made me stop, and ponder the member’s question:

As a Plain Ordinary Toastmaster, I have enjoyed a feeling of “safety” whenever I have presented
in a Toastmasters environment. That includes club, area, division and district.
In non-Toastmasters environments, I generally am able to transfer that feeling of safety
from my Toastmasters environment.
As a member who looks forward to my second Toastmasters
experience outside of North America and ...
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Public Speaking: Taming the Stage Fright Tiger

25 Public Speaking Tips for the Non-Professional Speaker

1. Believe the audience sincerely wants you to succeed, and learn from you.
2. Affirm you have a message they need to hear and offers value.
3. The more time you devote to preparation in advance, the less anxious you will be.
4. Mind map your concepts initially (not starting with a lined memo pad!).
5. Then draft a simple outline indicating potential flow, content and transitions.
6. Incorporate the multiple communication modalities ...

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Speaking of Fears…

It’s hard to believe ….
that I was once a painfully shy five-year-old, being dragged along by my mother on her door-to-door Avon routes.

Then, in high school, as Commissioner of Pep for the Associated Student Body, I needed to lead the Pep Rallies — in front of the entire 2,000-student body and faculty. For several days before the event, I couldn’t sleep, had a nervous stomach, couldn’t eat, would lose my voice, and tried everything I could do to get ...

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Speak Up for Your Cause: Public Speaking Tips

Using your voice for advocacy, influencing decisions, policies and actions

As you are preparing for your upcoming presentation, here are a dozen solid tips to utilize – that will help you Sparkle When You Speak!™

What is your objective? Premise? Desired outcome? Everything in your presentation (examples, stories, facts, graphics) must support this. Open your presentation with an overview and the benefits. Close with a summary.

Who are you speaking to? What are their interests, values, commonalities? Titles? Donors? Guests? Volunteers? ...

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Public Speaking Tips: Handling Q & A Sessions

A great Question and Answer session – one that adds value to your presentation – requires planning and thoughtful contributions from both the audience and the speaker.   – Andrew Dlugan

• Budget for the Q&A when you plan the presentation. Cut material as necessary to ensure enough time.
• Use your audience analysis to predict their questions and prepare a few “extra” slides at the end.
• Announce early in your presentation that you will be answering questions either throughout ...

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Media Interview Tips: Live Interviews


Be in the moment. Don’t think about what you did this morning, or what you have to do next.
Give the journalist your full attention, and make them feel as if they’re the only person in the world.

Always assume that you are on the air (or being recorded), even if you are told you are off.

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Media Interview Tips: Before An Event

How exciting!  You’ve been asked to be interviewed!

Here are a few tips to help you BEFORE THE EVENT:

Avoid all dairy products, fresh or dehydrated (milk, cheese, cream, coffee creamer).
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, before and during. Do not even have a drink in your hand.
Avoid eating nuts and seeds, as these can stick in your teeth and dislodge, causing you to choke.
Drink room temperature water, or warm water/tea/decaf coffee, to keep your vocal chords open and loose.

Drink ...

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Presentations: Types of Closings

The closing to your presentation is even more important than your opening.
What do you want the listener to do, think, feel, as a result of hearing your presentation?

Your closing may be any type of Opener (see blog post), or any of these ideas:

• Call for Action
Tell the audience exactly what you want them to do
• “Circle-Back”
Return to the Opening theme
• Offer a Future Challenge
• Reference to whatever follows your presentation
• Restate your claim
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8 Steps to Stellar Presentations: Closing

Step 8: Prepare the Close

In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at
Step 1: Develop Your Objectives
Step 2: Know Your Audience
Step 3: State the Main Ideas
Step 4: Decide on Supporting Information
Step 5: Create An Opener
Step 6: Develop Transitions
Step 7: Structure the Main Body

The conclusion is the strongest part of your presentation. It is a way of bringing your speech to a close, reinforcing your major ideas/main points, letting your audience know what you expect of them, ...

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8 Steps to Stellar Presentations: Create an Opener

Step 5: Create an Opener

In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at
Step 1: Develop Your Objectives
Step 2: Know Your Audience
Step 3: State the Main Ideas
Step 4: Decide on Supporting Information

Now you need a GRABBER for your presentation!
Capture the audience’s attention–within 20 seconds–and keep it.

Use these questions to help you build your presentation:

Break the ice and draw audience into your speech in a familiar way

Ask a question

Ask 1 question, or 3 questions, to evoke ...

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