People’s Biggest Fears 3. Death 2. Snakes 1. Public Speaking
•About 10 percent of thepopulation loves publicspeaking.•Another 10 percent aregenuinely terrified.•The rest of us – roughly the80 percent in the middle –get butterflies, get anxious,don’t sleep much the nightbefore – but we know thatwe’re going to live throughit. It’s just not much fun.
Why Fear???• You may be judged by people; and JUDGED BADLY• You may feel like a fool• You might make mistakes and LOSE your way• You will be extremely humiliated• You will never be as good as______• They won’t like you• They won’t get what you are trying to say
Here’s the Good news: with a little work,we can turn those butterflies to our advantage.
Speaking is an importantmethod for communicatingknowledge and expressingideas. Being able to verballycommunicate effectively toother individuals or to groupsis essential in school,business, as well as yourpersonal life.
Public speakingopportunities stemright from the playschool of a child andthe quality gets high aswe mount the ladder ofprofessional success.
Public speaking skills help you meetnew challenges. Effective publicspeakers are able to: Speak confidently with new people. Choose interesting subjects. Organize a speech that captures the audiences attention. Participate in serious discussions about school and community issues. Use language properly. Be more sensitive to the opinions of others.
Voice Techniques Speak clearly. Vary the pitch and tone of your voice, let it rise and fall, make it louder or softer! Vary the pace, speaking slower or even using silence to emphasize key points Speak in the accent and way that is natural to you.
Delivery Do’s and Don’ts Do use body language to help make a point Purposeful movements Do use appropriate posture Don’t play with keys or coins in your pocket Don’t use a pointer, pen, pencil or chalk to point at an individual may be perceived as offensive Don’t look at your feet or at the ceiling (indication of nervousness or timidity) Don’t stare Don’t just look only at the training aids or chalk board (this can be perceived as impolite)
1. Be Organized! Being prepared breeds confidence. Write down key ideas on a note card to keep your thoughts straight. Research. Don’t just fake it!
2. Be Clear! (Words) Simple is best! If you don’t understand it, neither will your audience. Avoid fillers: uh, um, like, mmm… Avoid repetitive phrases: “let’s see…,” “let me think,” “another thing” Silence is not your enemy! Pausing to collect your thoughts or take a deep breath is okay.
3. Be Direct! (Eyes) • Make eye contact. • Don’t be afraid to look down to collect your thoughts but be confident. You know the material • Make your audience believe!
4. Be Open! (Body Language)• Posture. Standing up straight makes you look like you are in control.• Open arms.• Using your hands can be very effective!• Chin up!
5. Be Vocal! (Voice) Volume… VOLUME… VOLUME Enunciate Speak TO your audience! No mumbling! Slow down!
6. Be Yourself!Your audience will forgive your nervousness, but they will be turned off by fake modesty or bravado(BOLDNESS / COURAGE).
Things You Shouldn’t Do Read directly from notes Read directly from screen Turn back on audience Slouch, hands in pockets No um, ah, you know’s No nervous gestures Talk too fast, Talk too quietly