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How To Improve Your Presentations Skills?

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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How to Give a Toast?

How to Give a Toast Speech?

If you are asked to give a toast, you possibly want to make your words count and make the most of the moment.

Check out the below video produced by Toastmasters International.

Learn some good tips on what to do and what not to do when offering a toast.

1. Keep it short and sweet.
2. Be careful with humor.
3. Practise.

For more tips, check out the article How to Give Really Good Toasts. The key points are as follows:

  1. Don’t make it about you.
  2. Keep it short.
  3. Embarrassing, isn’t the same as funny.
  4. Pick one story, maybe two.
  5. Write and rehearse.

Since 1924 Toastmasters International has helped more than four million people gain the confidence to communicate.  Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speaking skills. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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