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

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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