When you are making a speech or presentation, you need to be aware that your gestures can support or detract from your message.

Learn to become aware of what your hands are doing while you speak.

If necessary, make yourself hold them still.

Many people have habits that are terribly distracting and yet they aren’t aware of what they are doing. They click or twiddle a pen, play with their hair or their clothes, hold a microphone with fingers unconsciously making a rude gesture, take glasses on and off, put hands in pockets and take them out.

All of these things are not necessarily detrimental in themselves, if the audience is absolutely focused on the speaker and the message. But if there is any reason for the audience’s attention to stray (and we all have short attention spans) then they will become fascinated, at best, and possibly annoyed at whatever it is that the speaker is doing with their hands.

Ah … the temptation!

Today’s quote about public speaking – well conversation, really, but it applies as well … don’t you think?

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

— Dorothy Nevill

Thought for the Day

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

– HelenKeller

Overcome the fear of public speaking

Is fear of public speaking holding you back? Are you paralysed by fear when you have to speak in public?

Do you need to make presentations at work but avoid them because of nerves?

This is not the way to success. Speeches and presentations need to be confidently presented.

These are the typical symptoms that nerves can produce …

Jelly legs
Dry mouth
Sweaty palms
Fear of forgetting or losing your place
Fear of not impressing the audience, or losing them altogether

are these yours ? ? ? ? ?

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10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking

by The Princeton Language Institute, Lenny Laskowski
Written by an expert in the field, this book has the tools you need to become a relaxed, effective, and commanding public speaker. A clear, concise, step-by-step approach with dozens of inside tips, 10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking will help you:
* Overcome nervousness and discover your own natural style
* Establish an immediate rapport with your audience
* Practice your new techniques daily in conversations with friends
* Write a speech that builds to an unforgettable conclusion
* Expertly blend humor and anecdotes into your talks
* Use special techniques to memorize your speech


Thought for the Day – Challenge yourself!

“Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.”

– Cecile M. Springer

This week’s quotation about public speaking

There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience

–Alexander Gregg

Three essential body language tips

People can get obsessed by trying to look convincing or slick, and neglect the content of their presentation. They perform all the textbook hand gestures, and what comes out of their mouths doesn’t match up. …
Here are the 3 biggest body language presentation pitfalls, and what you can do to avoid them:


Thought for the Day

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

-Margaret Thatcher

Putting the Power in your PowerPoint

This is a 13-Page eBook

The use of PowerPoint as a presentation tool is well acknowledged and accepted. However, Fripp and Prost believe it is frequently used as a crutch that often distracts your audience from the main messages of your presentation. If you are using PowerPoint®, why not learn the “inside secrets” of doing it the right way?

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