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10 Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

10 Tips for Public Speaking

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Public speaking is described as one of the greatest fears. However there are many ways to tackle this anxiety.  You can learn to become a better speaker.

Here are the 10 public speaking tips written by Marjorie Lee North that will help you to reduce your anxiety and improve your performance.

  1. Nervousness Is Normal. Practice and Prepare!
  2. Know Your Audience. Your Speech Is About Them, Not You.
  3. Organize Your Material in the Most Effective Manner to Attain Your Purpose.
  4. Watch for Feedback and Adapt to It.
  5. Let Your Personality Come Through.
  6. Use Humor, Tell Stories, and Use Effective Language.
  7. Don’t Read Unless You Have to. Work from an Outline.
  8. Use Your Voice and Hands Effectively. Omit Nervous Gestures.
  9. Grab Attention at the Beginning, and Close with a Dynamic End.
  10. Use Audiovisual Aids Wisely.

“Good communication is never perfect, and nobody expects you to be perfect. However, putting in the requisite time to prepare will help you deliver a better speech. You may not be able to shake your nerves entirely, but you can learn to minimize them.”

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 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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