Step-by-Step Guide to Become a Better Public Speaker

August 11, 2016

Here is Your Easy to Follow Step-by-Step Guide to Perfect Your Public Speaking Skills published in The Muse.

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Creating It

1. Watch Other People
2. Gather Information
3. Jot Down What You’d Like to Talk About
4. Figure Out Your Important Points
5. Write it Out

  • An Attention-Getting Introduction
  • A Preview
  • Points 1 Through 3
  • A Recap
  • A Q&A
  • A Closer

6. Add in Transitions
7. Decide on Your Visuals
8. Edit (and Then Edit Some More)

 

Rehearsing

9. Find Out if You’ll Be Able to Bring Up Notes
10. Break it Down Into Sections
11. Visualize It
12. Rewrite It
13. Time It
14. Say it in Front of a Mirror
15. Record Yourself
16. Practice in Front of a Friend
17. Think About Body Language
18. Think About Tone and Pace
19. Consider Volume
20. Check Out the Space

 

Conquering the Fear

21. Imagine the Worst
22. Remember That It’s Not About You
23. Remember That You’re Not Alone
24. Get to Know Your Fear
25. Know That it Won’t Go the Way You Expect it To

 

Getting Up There

26. Breathe
27. Work Your Power Pose
28. Find a Focal Point
29. But Also Make Eye Contact
30. Create Silence
31. Be Your (Slightly Better) Self

 

If you want to get more practice, join toastmasters. Find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environments. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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How To Improve Your Presentations Skills?

July 3, 2016

Have you tried everything from the books to improve your presentation skills and still feel the fear of public speaking? 

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Check out the below 10 Ways to Improve Your Presentations Skills offered by 10 Forbes Coaches Council members.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2016/06/13/10-ways-to-improve-your-presentation-skills/

  1. Deconstruct What Great Speakers Do
    The internet gives us access to countless videos of the greatest speakers of our time. Deconstruct their speech by highlighting their approach, tactics and execution.
  2. Focus On Your Audience, Not Yourself
    By focusing on them, and what you plan to share, your focus becomes the content, not how you look or sound.
  3. Know Your Stuff So You Can Let Go And Be Yourself
    Practice your material so much that it becomes truly a part of you. Because the quality of a talk isn’t the content; it’s how well you connect with your audience.
  4. Get Specific About What You Need To Improve
    Get specific on what your weakness is by asking for targeted feedback. You can then attack the problem without spending unneeded time shooting in the dark.
  5. Create a Speaking Avatar
    Create a You 2.0. Fully imagine and visualize it. When it’s time to present, have your avatar take the stage.
  6. Join Toastmasters
    Joining a Toastmasters group in order to practice presenting in a non-threatening and supportive environment.
  7. Accept Constructive Criticism And Apply It
    To improve upon what you’ve read and learned, you must be willing to accept constructive criticism and apply it.
  8. Get Into Your Body More
    A frequent experience in speaking in front of a group is to lose connection with your body. Practicing some specific exercises, such as yoga, tai chi or dance, can help you gain body awareness and more control of your inner energy flow.
  9. Explore Your Self-Talk
    First, explore your self-talk. Gently pause those negative thoughts, and explore the positive ones.  Get comfortable inside first, and the rest will follow.
  10. Try Improv To Improve
    Step out of the box and onto a stage, specifically an improv class at a local theater or comedy club. These are phenomenal ways to force one’s brain to expand its limits of handling the pressure of a speaking situation. 

Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environments. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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