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5 Tips to Better Public Speaking

By Alexa Connelly
March 23, 2012

Your heart is racing, everyone is looking at you, and you try to read your paper but get stuck on the words. Sounds like a case of glossopgobia (fear of public speaking) which many people have at least one time in their life. Here are a few tips to being a great public speaker:

  1. Body language. If you feel confident you will come off as confident, but even if you feel nervous you need to come off as confident so standing, walking around or moving with appropriate hand gestures is recommended.
  2. Speak to your audience (NO NOTES!), listen to their questions, and respond to their reactions in a likeable way.
  3. Add humor to your speech, after all if you hear a good joke you never forget it but if you hear a dud it’s in one ear and out the other.
  4. If using audio-visual aid with your speech, be sure that it is set up ahead of time instead of fooling around with it and distracting your audience during your speech.
  5. Choose an appropriate topic for your speech. If you’re giving a speech to a bunch of nurses do not do a speech on engineering, instead maybe you could do a speech on how to properly take blood pressure.

Speaking in front of many people, especially your peers can be extremely nerve racking, but with these tips you should be on your way to a confident, informative speech.

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