TRICKS OF THE TRADE
The first thing to know about public speaking is this: Everyone is scared!
In fact, in tests to determine what is most feared among adults, speaking
in public ranks first, at 40.6%, outstripping height, snakes and death.
TRICKS AND TIPS
Project You have to be heard, so learn to project your voice. A good exercise is to lie on your back with a book on your stomach. Imagine someone on the other end of the room holding a baseball glove. As you speak the letters of the alphabet, imagine that you are throwing them into the glove. Or imagine that your child is across the street and is about to step in front of a moving car. If your child is in danger, you'll project.
Enunciate In addition to being audible, your words must be understandable. You can improve your diction by clenching a pencil just inside your teeth - we're not kidding - and reading out loud. This exercise strengthens the lips and tongue and helps refine their movement over the teeth.
15-Second Rule You should be able to state the three major points of your presentation in less than 15 seconds. If you can't, you are likely to ramble.
Listen to Billie's "Get Ready" audio meditation below.
Past, present and future
Develop a clear preview of your main points
What a Successful Opening Does
What a Successful Conclusion Does
"The problem is that nobody knows how to tell a story. And what’s worse, nobody knows that they don’t know how to tell a story!"
"A clear and concise story can give a presenter the clarity of mind to present with poise."
"The good presenter grabs their minds at the beginning of the presentation, navigates them through all the various parts, themes, and ideas, never letting go, and then deposits them at the call to action."
"The slides are there to support the presenter, not the other way around."
"We’re measured by our recovery. Mistakes will happen. It’s our recovery that the audience will measure. Keep a 'Positive' face and put all your energy into your recovery."
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