Public Speaking Tips

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    With rare exception, you only need to memorize the introduction, personal story, jokes and transitional parts of your speech, not the whole thing.

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    Like most activities, if you visualize yourself doing something beforehand it can help boost your confidence when you're actually doing it.

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    Try to get to know the room you'll be speaking in beforehand. For example test the microphone and other equipment if possible.

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    Avoid making any awkward situations worse by apologizing or saying, "woops that was awkward, excuse me." Just keep going and forget about it.

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    A bit of walking around and hand gesturing while speaking helps keep the audience engaged in your presentation.

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    Make sure you dress nicely for a boost in confidence. Also dress appropriately based on the topic and type of audience you'll be having.

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    If you have a relevant personal story or good joke to tell and your audience is appropriate it would be good to use it.

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    Use strong body language if you're at a meeting and sitting at a conference table.

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    Sometimes it helps to videotape yourself beforehand if you're unsure of how you'll come across in your presentation.

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    If you're speaking informatively about something, try to act like a world class teacher when on the stage.

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