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Monday, January 31, 2011

7 Need-to-Know Tips for Better Public Speaking

The words public speaking strikes fear and anxiety in the minds of otherwise competent and confident people. Does the thought of speaking in front of a group evoke fear, make you sweat, starts your heart pounding? It's likely you have glossophobia - the fear of public speaking.

Amplivox Sound Systems specializes in portable sound systems and sound lecterns and podiums, that are used in a wide variety of applications. Public speaking is a big part of our business so we did some research on tips that may help you get over your fear.

  • Reduce Stress: The most fearful moment of any presentation is the minute before your stage entrance. Practice relaxation methods such as positive visualization and deep breathing exercises.
  • Start Small: If you're new to the world of speaking, start small. Find a few friends and family to practice on. Begin by speaking to smaller groups and build up from there.
  • The Opening: Start out strong. You want to be able to grab your audiences attention and keep them interested throughout the presentation. Three examples of a good opening are:
1. Enrolling Questions
2. Staggering Statistical Statements

3. Statements of Declaration

  • Prepare: A good presentation does not come from memorizing your entire speech. An audience can tell when a speaker knows the material or has memorized a written presentation. Rehearse several times, remember key points and prompts on sub topics and examples to cover. Don't forget to time yourself and prepare back up information.
  • Engage the Audience: Getting your audiences attention is hard enough but keeping it throughout your entire presentation is the real challenge. Incorporate questions and participation to reduce boredom and speak with ease. Having the audience involved also gives you time to reorganize your thoughts if things start to get off track.
  • Find a Friend: Prior to your public speaking on stage introduce yourself to a few members of the audience in the front row. During your presentation look these people in the eye to ease your nerves and connect with your audience.
  • Avoid Bullets: The majority of business presentations and speeches are boring monologues filled with endless PowerPoint slides and bullet points. Trash the PowerPoint presentation and make your material the focal point of the talk. If you do use PowerPoint, take the approach of using visuals that quickly convey your message.
Make public speaking part of your marketing function and boost your business success. Your fear will evaporate over time and you will wonder why you didn't start sooner.

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