: The last thing on your mind whenspeaking to a group should be how you look and what you're wearing. Professionalism is key, but above all you want toeliminate as many distractions as possible. While you want tolook sharp, avoid any noisy jewelry, tight-fitting garments oranything that may draw attention away from the message you're verbally trying to send. If you're questioning a garment,ask yourself, "
What message does this send?
" to see if it'scongruent with how you want to be perceived as a speaker. Inaddition, avoid any nervous tells by eliminating the source.For example, pull your up if you tend to play with it whenfeeling nervous or anxious.
Think about the things you remember longafter you hear a speech, attend a seminar or participate in a workshop. More often than not, it's the stories the speakershared. Whether they are personal stories, cause and effectexamples, or situational parables, stories are the best way tocatch and hold the attention of a crowd. Typically, sharing astory will also cause you to naturally boost your energy, reflectmore passion and appear more excited about your topic.
Practice, Practice, Practice:
I know you've heard it amillion times but it's preached for a reason. Ensure that younail the presentation by rehearsing as much as possible.Rehearsing does wonders for streamlining your message andmemorization. Sharing your talk with a friend or colleagueahead of time will also help you to prepare for any questionsthat might arise during the actual presentation. During themorning of, tape your notecards to the bathroom mirror. As you fix your hair or apply your make-up, rehearse your talk inthe mirror to yourself.
Talk Slow and Breathe:
You most likely know whether ornot you're a fast presentation talker (like yours truly). Moreoften than not, you can always afford to slow down. Did youknow that audience members retain more information theslower you talk? If you know you're a fast talker, avoid any caffeinated drinks prior to your speech. Also, make aconscious effort to take deep breaths often; and when you dopause to take a breath and it feels like lasts for a millenium, it was only a brief second to the audience.Follow
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