Category: Public Speaking

Communication is a Process

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When writing or speaking to others, communicators Need specific goals Successful communication is when you are able to solve problems, provide new information, or persuade others to take action. During the communication process, there is a sender, receiver(s), and the message. A sender’s choices can create understanding or confusion. How does your communication leave your … Read On >


Greeting Your Audience

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Greeting Your Audience

Before beginning a presentation, you may find yourself with a mind full of anxious thoughts, questioning what you should do first. As you make your way to the front of the room, remember that one of the best ways to kick off your speech is by simply and effectively greeting your audience. It may seem like … Read On >


The Importance of Eye Contact When Speaking

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Eye Contact

Eye Contact – How Important Is It? There are a handful of techniques, tips, and tricks that can make anyone a more effective public speaker. A change in vocal tone and range can help. We all work at keeping those nerves under control. And let’s not forget, practice, practice, practice. But there is one thing that a … Read On >


Fighting Nerves When You’re In Front of An Audience

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fighting nerves

When speaking in front of an audience, it’s very common to feel a wave of nerves intercept your brain and your body. Make sure you have the tools for fighting nerves. Once you find yourself making eye contact with a room of people, you may find yourself battling nervous shakes or experiencing a mental block … Read On >


Convince Your Audience – The Persuasive Speech

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The goal of a persuasive speech or presentation is to influence and change the opinions and actions of others. Some examples of the persuasive speech include: a sermon, a homily, a political campaign speech, a sales presentation, coaching another person or a group, a lawyer’s statements to a jury or judge, and even asking for … Read On >


How to Give Great Presentations

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Great Presentations

How to Give Great Presentations When giving a presentation, there are four areas to consider to ensure that your audience gets the most value. These are: content, visuals, body language, and speech. For example: WHAT THEY WILL LEARN – CONTENT Determine the purpose – decide what you want your audience to know/do with the material you are presenting. … Read On >


Pet Peeves

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pet peeves

Does it bother you when people butcher the English Language, or make mistakes that could be avoided? For example: Do you find it irksome that the United States calls their end-of-season Major League baseball game The World Series, when only two countries are involved? Or is it annoying when people call Independence Day the Fourth … Read On >


Avoid Filler Words and Verbal Tics

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filler words

When speaking in front of an audience, it can be very easy to fall back on filler words and verbal tics.  You probably don’t even know that you are doing it! It’s distracting when a speaker continuously says “um” or “ah” during a presentation.  It can even make the speaker sound like s/he’s not sure of … Read On >


Pauses – No Need To Avoid Silence

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Use silence to add to the effectiveness of a speech. Silence is acceptable. Short pauses separate thoughts, and come before and after phrases or words that need emphasis. Long pauses are very powerful and allow the listeners to consider what has been said. Dead air is not always “bad.” Consider it the sound of the … Read On >