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Youtube Video: 5 Useful Public Speaking Tips

5 Useful Public Speaking Tips by the Toastmasters International

public speaking“Check out five time-tested Toastmasters tips that will help you master a topic and present it well. Following these tips will ensure your next speech goes smoothly and your audience gets more from the experience.”

Here are the public speaking tips extracted from the video:

  1. Know your subject and your speech.
  2. Know your audience and your space.
  3. Never apologize.
  4. Imagine yourself giving a great speech.
  5. Focus on your message, not on you.

If you want to overcome stage fright and learn to speak with confidence, join a toastmasters club.  You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.


Common Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes Speakers Should Avoid…

Fear of public speaking

How come sometimes intelligent, business-savvy top executives end up boring their audiences? It is because they fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill. But giving a short presentation before the right group of people may do more good for your career than spending a year behind a desk.

Here are the 10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes as mentioned in an article in the Toastmaster magazine written by Rob Sherman:

  1. Starting with a whimper.
  2. Attempting to imitate other speakers.
  3. Failing to “work” the room.
  4. Failing to use relaxation techniques.
  5. Reading a speech word for word.
  6. Using someone else’s stories.
  7. Speaking without passion.
  8. Ending a speech with questions and answers.
  9. Failing to prepare.
  10. Failing to recognize that speaking is an acquired skill.

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The following is a video about the Biggest Mistakes Public Speakers Make! 

Here are the
Quick Do’s and Don’ts of Public Speaking as mentioned in the above video:

  • Remember to always be yourself.
  • Be polished and well-rehearsed.
  • Don’t use slides with too much information
  • Say something that they haven’t heard before.

Do you suffer from the fear of public speaking? Practice is the key to helping you improve in public speaking. Join a toastmaster club and learn how to speak in public.

You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you live in Singapore.


Useful Public Speaking Tips from Brian Tracy

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


 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.


Top Tips for Business Presentations and Public Speaking

Top Tips for Your Business Presentations

effective public speakingWhen you’re giving a business presentation or a speech you want to appear natural so as to make the audience feel relaxed watching.

Check out the below Youtube video for speaking tips that will help you put together and deliver clear and compelling talks and speeches.

Remember don’t simply rely on your PowerPoint slides to do your presentations. Get a blank sheet of paper and plan what you’re going to say. And in the very last thing you do is what visual aids to use to help you get your point across. Good opening and closing are very important.

Too often, a speaker loses his audience before he even gets to the core of his speech.
Check out the below video on how to create terrific openings and closings to presentations.

If you want to overcome stage fright and learn to speak with confidence, join a toastmasters club. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.


How to Win People Over

“How to Win People Over!”
3 Steps to Making Friends & Influencing People
by our Club President Jun Allego
in Notes Format

Title: How to win and influence people.
Objective: To share 3 steps of making friends and influencing people.
Duration: 15 minutes

Being with people is one of the most challenging and rewarding element of our daily life.
Whether you are working for someone or in a relationship with someone, challenges are presented in various forms and sizes.

In today’s session, I will share with you some tips and strategies on how you can win and influence people.

At the end of this session, I’m hoping you would have learnt how to;

How to become an admirable conversationalist without having to say anything – story of 2 rival politicians and a journalist
How to fashionably convince people to do what you want – traffic violation back in Cebu
How to subtly you can change someone’s opinion –

Before you disagree with me or tell me that I don’t know your wife/husband or I don’t know your boss, indulge me for a moment for I firmly believe that it will serve you well if you give me the chance to share what I have learnt not only after being the president of this club for 4 terms but also as an employee, a father and as a son.

Before I start, I would like you to know that there are pre-requisites for these strategies to work.
You must be a Toastmaster of good standing, that means you have paid your dues haha.


Genuine interest in people – dreams, aspirations, troubles, career, family, or anything that is important to them.
Genuine appreciation – lookout for something appreciation worthy from the other person.
Genuine humility to admit that you may have made a mistake.

Being a great conversationalist without saying anything

Listen actively – undivided attention
Let people talk about what they love to talk about – career, family, dreams
Appreciate sincerely

Example: A 3-hour chit chat with Ivy
I gave Ivy a fine reputation to live up to

She is the following;

Marathoner – now she’s fat
Started her own business by herself – now she’s trapped in employment doing something she doesn’t like

After a 3-hour conversation I told her that I have a lot of respect for people who can wake up at 6 am to train/exercise.
I also told her that people who started their own business and failed inspire me.

Last week, she came to our office and brought me 4 expensive mooncakes and told me she lost 5 kg in 6 weeks because of what I said (above) in our 3-hour conversation.

How to make people do what you want

1. Avoid the 3Cs (criticize, complain, condemn)
2. Avoid making people feel wrong
3. Appreciate sincerely – avoid overdone flattery

Example: Traffic violation in the Philippines
I made Marcus(the traffic enforcer) the hero

I got caught for reckless driving once and I did the 3 steps below;

I apologized for my blunder.
I acknowledge his authority.
I made him a role model for having the courage to stop me and remind me of the traffic rules.

How to change people’s opinion
Example: My baby’s playgroup enrollment at 18 months.
I made her mom a proud mom

My conservative partner said no to my idea of sending our daughter to a playgroup when she turns 18-months.
Instead of arguing and trying to prove her wrong, I did the following below;

1. Avoid “show stopper” words such as STOP, NO, DON’T, etc..
2. Borrow authority – we have a common friend living in London who recently sent her son to a playgroup and she was raving about her son’s progress. I simply ask her to talk to my partner about it. It changed my partner’s mind and now our daughter is in playgroup and she is so happy about our daughter’s progress and brags about it to her friends and relatives.
3. Appeal to the other person’s interest

Sample scenarios are given to the attendees:

Instruction: Using the techniques shared by Jun earlier, you are to craft a plan on how you are going to approach the scenarios below;

1. A piano teacher
A girl wants to learn to play piano so badly and at the same time doesn’t want to trim her beautifully polished fingernails.

2. A safe distancing ambassador
You spotted a group of teenagers not wearing their masks even after they have consuming their food/drinks.

3. Too spicy for you
You are dining at your favorite restaurant and you were mistakenly served with your food that is too spicy despite your specific instructions “NOT SPICY”.

4. A loving husband
Your wife asked for 5 ways she could improve herself.

5. A son who doesn’t want to eat veggies

6. An employee asking for a promotion or pay raise from his/her boss

7. Confronting a social media basher over a misinformation you posted

The exercise was done and in the recording.

Thank you
If you want to overcome stage fright and learn to speak with confidence, join a toastmasters club.  You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.


Presentation Tips on How To Introduce Yourself

How To Introduce Yourself in 3 Easy Steps…

powerful-communicationsHave you wondered how to introduce yourself properly to others during a social gathering or even in a presentation?

The following youtube video will show you an example of giving a self-introduction using an elevator pitch in 3 simple steps.

Try out the three steps described in the video to introduce yourself:

Step 1:  Introduce your name and your company very briefly.

Step 2:  Talk about your specialty or the value that you provide.

Step 3:  Talk about the worst-case scenario that you could encounter that you could help them too.

You can find more tips on self-introduction at the webpage Introduce Yourself.

If you want to overcome stage fright and learn to speak with confidence, join a toastmasters club.

You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.