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5 tips on how to be a winner at public speaking

by Glenise Anderson on December 10, 2013

They say the nation comes to a stand still for the Melbourne Cup.¬† Millions of people around the world watch the race on TV, listen on the radio or for a lucky few, are able to dress up and attend the event. Before the race, the nerves of the horse owners, trainers and jockeys must be on a knife edge.¬† We mere mortals, who bet on the outcome have dry mouths and hold our breath until the very end – hoping against hope that it’s our day to celebrate.

For some of us, it’s not a dissimilar experience to public speaking.¬† Just before you go out in front of the crowd, your nerves are on a knife edge, you have a dry mouth, you want a great outcome and you’re probably holding your breath!¬† Confidence is often a little lacking.

Well, here’s five tips to help make public speaking easier for you:

#1 Know your topic

I know this sounds like Public Speaking 101 and it should be.¬† Knowing your topic back to front gives you an inner satisfaction that no matter what happens or whatever is question is asked, you’ve got it covered

#2 Practice, Practice, Practice

Ah, Public Speaking 101a do I hear you say? Well, you would be right.¬† But have you noticed that when you practice, you often sound flat and uninspiring.¬† You put it down to the fact you are practicing and all will be fine at the time.¬†¬† Here’s a tip I read somewhere and I found it extraordinarily helpful.¬† Buy books like In Our Time – The speeches that shaped the modern world and Speeches that changed the world.¬† Pick a speech you know and read it out loud, then read it again with more passion and then do it again.¬† Choose another – get the idea?¬† It teaches you rhythm and passion.

#3 Speak in stories

We’re wired to learn by stories, it’s happened since we were children.¬† Whatever points you feel are particularly important – weave a story around it.

#4 Less is more

When we’re passionate about something we want to tell people every little detail about it.¬† Like anything stylish – less is more.

#5 And the final tip – Breathe

Nerves are natural but to manage the pounding heart and dry mouth, remember to keep breathing.

Pop your content around these 5 points and smile throughout, your confidence will soar and when you hit the finish line, you’ll feel like a winner.

Good luck but I don’t think you’ll need it!

Glenise Anderson

Glenise is the Chief Confidence Chick at Self Confident Women, a personal development company helping women around the world create a better life. She is also the Director of SR Group Pty Ltd, a training and development consultancy assisting corporate companies.

Glenise Anderson
Glenise Anderson is the Chief Confidence Chick at Self Confident Women, a personal development company helping women around the world create a better life through mentoring, on-line programs & workshops. She is the Director of SR Group Pty Ltd, a training and development consultancy assisting corporate companies with behavioural profiling for recruitment and team building , coaching, training and technical writing.
 
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