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  • 9 Ways That Anyone Can Be a Better Public Speaker

    9 Ways That Anyone Can Be a Better Public Speaker

    via NBC News : Some people seem to glow when they’re given a microphone and are asked to give a toast or a speech, while others of us would much rather sprint as fast as possible in the opposite direction. The important lesson here is nervousness is actually perfectly normal, Marjorie L. North, a speech pathologist and lecturer at Harvard University, tells NBC News BETTER. (And that person who looks totally at ease is likely going […]

  • 5 Ways to Make a Strong Impression With Every Audience

    5 Ways to Make a Strong Impression With Every Audience

    Via Entrepreneur : Show up like a celebrity, and use these key techniques to guarantee a strong first impression with every presentation. “You make a first impression and people never forget it,” stated Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. In business, it’s imperative that you start off with a great and memorable first impression and even more critical when you’re speaking in front of groups. It’s the difference between being heard by your audience or having them sleep […]

  • Petrified of public speaking? Let your body do the talking

    Petrified of public speaking? Let your body do the talking

    Via The Guardian : The prospect of speaking in public can send people in to a tailspin of anxiety. But a simple change in posture can help Most people at some point in their careers will present, pitch, be on camera or give a speech. Public speaking is a skill that cannot be overlooked– investor Warren Buffett believes it raises your value by 50%. Still, public speaking is nerve-racking and people turn down numerous opportunities because […]

  • An App to Make You a Better Public Speaker

    An App to Make You a Better Public Speaker

    Via Smithsonian : Orai, created by two college students, uses AI to help people become more fluent, confident speakers through consistent practice and feedback. When Paritosh Gupta and Danish Dhamani met, as freshmen dormmates at Drexel University in Philadelphia, they had a lot in common. They were both studying STEM—Gupta in computer science, Dhamani in mechanical engineering. They both attended many of the same campus events, especially networking ones. And they both spoke English as a […]

  • 5 TIPS TO BEAT THE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

    5 TIPS TO BEAT THE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

    Via M2Woman : It’s a fact that more people are afraid of public speaking than they are of death! Speaking in public has never bothered me – I’ve been doing since I was 19. In my first job as a vacuum cleaner salesman, we had compulsory weekly team presentations. The purpose was to develop our speaking skills and build confidence. In fact, in all the jobs I had in sales, I was expected to do regular […]

  • How to Make Public Speaking Less Terrifying

    How to Make Public Speaking Less Terrifying

    Via Wise Bread : Your ability to speak in public can be critical as you climb the corporate ladder. Struggling with anxieties about speaking in public can affect how your peers and other professionals view you, as well as limit your career opportunities down the line. Speaking with poise shows that you are confident, knowledgeable, and can handle pressure — all important qualities for a professional (especially a manager) to have. And handling questions after a […]

  • 7 Little Tricks To Speak In Public With No Fear

    7 Little Tricks To Speak In Public With No Fear

    Via Lifehack : There was once a time when I had no fear. I was 11 years old and I entered a story telling competition. I was confidently telling the story and captured everyone’s attention until suddenly I heard a voice from just in front of the stage commenting about my nose. It’s totally disastrous from that moment on. I lost focus and forgot the script altogether. That’s the exact time that I began to have […]

  • How to nail your next presentation

    How to nail your next presentation

    Via The Seattle Times : Giving presentations is a chore that many employees need to handle in their lives, yet few are trained in it. Doug Carter likens public speaking to cake. All of your knowledge and experience help create the message you’re giving, or the cake’s inner layers. Your ability to deliver that message is the icing. “If you have a really good cake, but the icing tastes lousy, you’re never going to eat the […]

  • How to overcome nerves to produce the perfect presentation

    How to overcome nerves to produce the perfect presentation

    Via The Lawyer : Not all lawyers are linguist masterminds who quickly think on their feet and love performing in court. At a recent return to work course attended by around 30 lawyers, 90 per cent of the room put up their hand when asked if they didn’t like or were scared of public speaking. Public speaking is not on top of most people’s bucket list, but the apprehension can be overcome to make it fun […]

  • How To Master The Art Of The Pause In Public Speaking

    How To Master The Art Of The Pause In Public Speaking

    Via Fast Company : A well-placed pause can grab your audience’s attention. Here are three ways to deploy one. “The right word may be effective,” Mark Twain once said, “but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Bold words for a writer—but Twain was dead-on. In public speaking—or just about any verbal communication, really—timing is crucial. A pause can be much more than just a chance to catch your breath. Deployed the […]