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7 tips on speaking
Time for a story
Recently listened to someone speak at a business event and my insides were dying.
The speech was:
Lots of um’s and ah’s
Basically … boring.
Sorry, but it was.
People say to me, “well, it’s easy for you, you are an actor.”
Yes, true. I have been acting since I was young (see bio at bottom of page), but there are still skills and tricks I needed to learn (and still do) to hone my public speaking.
And you can too.
Here are just seven tips on speaking (there are a ton more).
Use humor either about yourself or with the audience. People relax and ENJOY the talk.
Speaking of audience, make sure you research your crowd beforehand. Are they all high end CEO’s, moms with little ones or all in the same industry as you?
Examples and stories are so important. Giving these draws your audience in and allows them to ‘get’ it.
Don’t get too bogged down in details. They can learn that from you later.
Get passionate. Inflect your voice. There is nothing more infectious and memorable than someone who is excited about what they are talking about.
6. Eye contact
Look at your audience in the eyes, even if they are far away. This shows you care and you are strong. If that intimidates you, look just above their eyes at their forehead (little acting trick!).
7. Get help
There are a ton of professionals out there that can help. One of my favorites is Toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org/) who have groups around the country – inexpensive and very helpful. (You can also call me as this is my absolute joy to coach people in their speaking – it’s like directing a show!)
Finally, there is another skill that desperately needs to be taught - the elevator pitch or the one liner about what you do. You will have to wait for a future blog on that one!
ps. Interesting article: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150223-secrets-of-the-perfect-speech
Penelope has been an actor since she was 7yrs in the UK. Mostly on Stage, but some TV/Film. She owned ‘Poppins Party & Drama Company’ teaching acting to children and adults, as well as directing shows, children’s entertainer and speaker. She speaks on various business topics including marketing, social media, personal branding as well as more personal topics such as marriage and parenting.
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