Shift your focus toward your listeners and away from yourself.
Asking yourself, “What are people waiting to hear from you?”
Keep answers succinct and clear.
3 easy to remember steps to get your points across without rambling: State the problem, describe the solution and summarize the benefits.
Use a “what, so what, now what?” mental road map—stating the issue or topic, explaining why it matters and laying out next steps.
Practice speaking off the cuff: Speak up in meetings, volunteer to give toasts or step up to the mic to ask a question at a conference.
Be aware of your body language under stress and avoid misleading tells.
Treat your anxiety as a normal response and tell yourself: I’m excited.
Breathe: focus on the exhale.
Pace Yourself: Take a whole body approach to speaking, control and grounding your speech in your natural rhythm.
Move From Your Center: Move from your core–not just your arms, to control nervous hand gestures.
Stretch Your Vowels: Focus on stretching out your vowels, slurring your sounds together, so you sound sharp and clear.
Stand Solid: Put one foot slightly ahead of the other–shoulder width apart to avoid swaying from side to side.
Practice and Prepare: Take the time to go over your notes and practice presenting your speech - record yourself, or get a friend to watch and provide feedback.
Know Your Audience: Learn about your listeners and create your speech for them.
Organize Your Material: Grab the audience’s attention in the first 30 seconds.
Adapt to Audience Feedback: Watch your audience and adjust your presentation to their response to you.
Be Yourself: Let your personality shines through so your audience will trust you.
Tell Stories: A story provides a personal touch in a speech that audiences like.
Don\'t Read: Maintain eye contact with the audience and use a brief outline to jog your memory and keep you on task.
Control Nervous Gestures: Use nonverbal communication that delivers your message.
Limit AV Aids: Audiovisual aids can distract your audience so use them sparingly to enhance or clarify your content.
Start and End Your Speech with Strong Messages: Capture your audience right from the start with a bold stat or story, not a canned introduction. Conclude your speech with a strong summary.
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