Quick Tips On Public Speaking


 Speaking Effectively in Front of a Group:

Know your audience.
∗ What is their level of knowledge about the topic?
∗ What is their background?
∗ What are they expecting?

Based on this research you should be able to:
∗ Decide how much background information to provide.
∗ Which questions to answer.
∗ What tones to use.

Outline your presentation including all the key points and organize them in an
effective way.

 Believe in your message!
∗ Avoid phrases like “it seems to me” and “it is likely”.

Use “real-life” examples.

Decide how your presentation may benefit from the use of black/white boards, handouts, flipcharts, overhead transparencies, slides, or other visual aids.

Rehearse to a friend or in front of a mirror to see your own facial expressions and gestures.

Improving Your Speaking through Practice:

• Seek speaking opportunities. Volunteer.

• Assist other people in developing their speaking skills.  Many times the “teacher” learns as much as the “pupil”.

Developing Your Speaking Style

Speaking with Enthusiasm and Expressiveness:

Use the recording method.  Record yourself speaking (or reading a prepared speech or presentation.  Set the tapes aside for a week or two. You don’t want to listen to them immediately.

When you listen to the tapes, ask yourself these questions:
∗ Did my tone accurately reflect the importance of my words?
∗ Was my pace appropriate for each topic?
∗ What was the level of my enthusiasm?

In judging your level of enthusiasm, ask yourself these questions:  
∗ Should I have used more or less enthusiasm?
∗ Did my word choice make my points “come to life”?

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Develop a More Informal Style of Speaking:
∗ Imagine that you are speaking to one person.
∗ Use examples, analogies, comparisons, and metaphors to liven up your message.
∗ Be natural. Talk as you would in conversation.
∗ Be short and simple rather than complex.
∗ ENJOY YOURSELF! Your listeners will also gain a sense of satisfaction and enjoy themselves too.

Nonverbal Communication Awareness

Consider all the ways people say “no”. Make yourself conscious of your audiences’ nonverbal communication:
  • Loss of eye contact
  • Facial Expressions
  • Gestures
  • Body Posture
  • Vocal Patterns
  • Hand Motions (drumming, fidgeting, etc.)

A good communicator picks up on nonverbal messages sent by their listeners and responds accordingly. Concentrate on yourself. Take note of the nonverbal messages sent to you and list the possible reasons for the behavior.