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Public Speaking Tips : 10 Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Public Speaking Tips: 10 Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

How to improve your public speaking skills?
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Practice is the key to helping you improve on your communication and presentation skills. Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environment.  You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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Public Speaking: 10 Tips to Improve Public Speaking Skills
 by Colleen Kettenhofen

When I ask my audiences their number one challenge with public speaking, they overwhelmingly say, “to overcome the fear of public speaking.” It’s okay to have “butterflies.” The key is how to get them organized, focused and flying in formation. Here are 10 tips for delivering a more powerful, persuasive presentation. Practice these techniques consistently to improve public speaking skills.

1. 95% of your success is determined before the presentation. Your audience will know if you didn’t rehearse. Rehearsing, or “rehearing” yourself minimizes 75% of your nervousness. Rehearse standing up, or better yet, ask someone to videotape you. The camera will be your most objective ally. The more comfortable you become with your material via rehearsing, the more comfortable you will be with your body language.

2. Either memorize or “know cold” your opener and close. Two minutes each for an opener and a close is enough. The most important thing your audience will remember is your closing. The second most important thing they’ll remember is your opener. Start with something attention-grabbing, like a quote or statistic, which relates to your topic. Never start with, “Good Morning.” It is obvious and boring.

3. Public Speaking: 24 hours before your presentation:

A. Have a quiet dinner with a quiet friend. (This may or may not be your spouse!) You won’t be as concerned about your public speaking skills if you can put your nervous system on glide.

B. The evening before, put your presentation on audiocassette as background noise one hour before retiring. Listen to your opener and close before bedtime as a review.

C. No massive changes 24 hours before. Nothing increases the fear of public speaking more than rewriting your material at the last minute. Impromptu speeches notwithstanding.

D. Visualize your presentation going smoothly and successfully. All Olympic athletes use this technique, and it works with public speaking as well.

E. Review your notes and visual aids the evening before. Your notes should only be “fast food for the eyes” in bullet form, and are NEVER read to the audience.

F. Eat a good high protein breakfast the morning of your presentation. Even if you’re not speaking until that evening, feed your mind and body the proper fuel.

4. Before your presentation, check yourself in a full-length mirror. A dear friend of mine forgot to do this. During her keynote speech in front of hundreds, someone quietly pointed out that her skirt was tucked into her pantyhose!

5. Public speaking and purpose: When organizing your talk, define your purpose. Why are you there? Why are they there? Is this a sales presentation? A community watch group? If you present technical information, is this an information/knowledge transfer or a decision briefing? When presenting technical information make certain not to overload your audience with too much detail, or too much on each slide. Tailor your message. Define your objective.

6. Know your audience before designing your opener and close. It is imperative that you “speak the language” of your audience. What are their ages? Percentage of males/females? Are they highly technical or non-technical? Do they want to be there or is this mandatory? What are their expectations? If you are a scientist or engineer, speak to the “lowest common denominator.” Technical presenters have a propensity to use a lot of technical jargon. Does the person in charge of funding understand the language?

7. Avoid using too many slides. Visual aids are wonderful tools as long as they’re used to enhance the information. A common mistake is using the visual aids as the presentation. Look at the audience frequently to establish rapport and a connection. In almost every presentation, you are there to “sell” them not simply “tell” them. Do not look at your visual aids other than a quick glance, and never read them. Never turn your back on the audience to read slides. They will not look at your slides. Their minds will start to wander. Remember, you are your own best visual aid.

8. Good public speaking skills mean being prepared. As the saying goes, prior planning prevents predictably poor performance. Planning and preparation will reduce nervousness by 75%. Again, your audience will know if you didn’t rehearse. Consider hiring a public speaking coach. The dollars invested may well be worth their weight in gold.

9. The Q & A period and how to handle a hostile audience. The second most frequent comment I hear in my public speaking seminars is “What if they ask a question and I don’t know the answer?” Or, “What if someone in the audience is a know-it-all and doesn’t like me?” Avoid being argumentative. If you don’t know the answer, ask if someone in the audience has the answer. Or, simply let them know when you will get back to them. Make certain you do. When you lie you die. It destroys your credibility.

10. Variety and venue. Variety serves as a “wake up call” to your audience. Examples of adding variety: humor, relevant stories, quotes, voice inflection, paired and group activities, pauses, audience participation in the question and answer period, and slides or other multimedia. As for your venue, are your visual aids appropriate to your size of audience? Will everyone be able to see them?

Lastly, make sure to confirm the time, date, and place with the appropriate contact person. If possible, arrange to see the room ahead of time so you can practice visualizing in the exact location of your presentation. At the minimum, arrive at least one hour ahead of time. To improve public speaking skills, and overcome nervousness, nothing works like being prepared.

Copyright 2006 Colleen Kettenhofen
About The Author

Colleen Kettenhofen is a motivational speaker, workplace expert, & co-author of “The Masters of Success,” as featured on the Today Show, along with Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield. http://www.ColleenSpeaks.com. Topics: leadership, management, difficult people, success, public speaking. To order the book, or for free articles and newsletter visit http://www.ColleenSpeaks.com.

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Useful Public Speaking Tips from Brian Tracy

Here are Some Useful Public Speaking Tips from the well-known Speaker Brian Tracy.

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 27 Useful Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

  1. Get Organized
  2. Practice And Prepare Extensively
  3. Eliminate Fear Of Rejection
  4. Focus On Patterns
  5. Watch Yourself In The Mirror
  6. Record Yourself And Learn Your Voice
  7. Work On Your Breathing
  8. Practice Some More . . .
  9. Give Your Speech To Another Person
  10. Public Speaking Classes : A group such as Toastmasters is non-profit and helps people get over their fears by having them practice speaking on subjects over and over.
  11. Lightly Exercise Before Speaking
  12. PowerPoint Can Be Really Great, Or Really Bad
  13. Even Warren Buffett Had Public Speaking Anxiety At First
  14. Sip Water That’s Warm Or Room Temperature
  15. Read Eloquence In Public Speaking By Dr. Kenneth McFarland : the starting point of being an excellent speaker is for you to really care about your subject.
  16. Pick A Subject That You Really Care About
  17. Know 100 Words For Every Word That You Speak
  18. Focus On The Material, Not The Audience
  19. Relax
  20. Don’t Overthink Audience Reactions
  21. Avoid Talking Too Fast
  22. Make Your Nervous Energy Work For You
  23. Pay Any Price And Spend Any Amount Of Time To Speak Well
  24. Meditate 5 Minutes A Day
  25. Public speaking can be a great source of income
  26. Have Pride In Your Work & Recognize Your Success
  27. Develop A Plan To Improve Your Next Speech

3 Key Components to Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Pick a subject that you care about. Prepare and practice…


16 Tips to Create a Great PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Start With Your Audience
  2. Your Message Is Important
  3. Keep Your Slides Short And To The Point
  4. You Don’t HAVE To Use PowerPoint
  5. Use These PowerPoint Presentation Templates
  6. Use Pictures And Visuals When They Add To The Presentation
  7. Use Bullet Points Rather Than Paragraphs
  8. Don’t Read Your Slides Word For Word
  9. Use Easy To Read Text
  10. Bring Your Own Hardware
  11. Try To Keep It Under 20 Minutes
  12. Use Videos To Add Engagement
  13. Quality Over Quantity
  14. Practice, Practice, Practice
  15. Learn From The Best PowerPoint Presentations
  16. Make It Actionable

How to Outline Your Speech in 5 Minutes

This PREP formula is an extremely effective preparation technique that some of the best speakers in the world use all the time.
P:  Point of View
R: Reasons
E: Example
P: Point of View

15 Ways to Start a Speech or Presentation

4 Ways to End a Speech With a Bang

  1. End with a Call to Action
  2. Quick Summary
  3. Close with a story
  4. Be Inspirational

6 Vocal Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking

  1. Slow Down
  2. Build Vocal Power
  3. Record and Listen to Your Voice
  4. Record Phone Conversations
  5. Focus on Pauses
  6. Eat and Drink Well

 

Public Speaking Tip The Power of the Pause

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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