presentations

Talk Like You're Reciting Phone Numbers For Perfect Speech Pace

Many of us rush through speeches because public speaking makes us nervous. You need to speak slowly for a good speech. To get that right, talk at the pace you would when telling someone a phone number.


Banish Nervousness When Speaking In Public: Remember It Feels Like Sex

If you’ve got stage fright, you’ll remember someone telling you “imagine the audience naked”. That advice makes sense if you realise that the symptoms of nervousness often match sexual arousal.


Learn How Speeches Differ From Essays For Better Presentations

Giving a speech is an art unto itself. If you haven’t done many of them before, it’s tempting to write down everything you want to say in essay form and read it aloud. Business blog HBR explains why this is a terrible idea.


Pace Your Speech By Slowing Down At The Vowels

When we’re nervous giving a speech, we often speak too fast. Slow yourself down by pausing on the vowels.


Put Your Best Line First For A Good Extemporaneous Speech

Even people who are unafraid of public speaking get uncomfortable when asked to talk off-the-cuff. In the few minutes before you have to go up on stage, think of the main line you want to say and lead with it.


Five Reasons Your Presentation Is Letting You And Your Audience Down

Let’s face it, whether at work, university, school or a seminar, most presentations today are dull and predictable. We’ve fallen into a rut as presenters.


Pause For 10 Seconds If You Lose Your Place In A Presentation

If you lose your train of thought during your next presentation, don’t sweat it. The audience will know if you get flustered and it will just make it worse. Instead, take a simple 10-second pause and people will assume it’s on purpose.


Memorise Your Speech Opening To Reduce Anxiety

Public speaking can be nerve-racking. Even if you have notes, memorising your opening can reduce your anxiety and let your presentation flow better.


Remember The 'Jesus Pose' To Connect With Your Audience

When giving a speech, you may be tempted to keep our hands in front of you so you don’t feel exposed and vulnerable. Audiences can pick up on that body language, so try the “Jesus Pose” to connect with them.


Focus On Creating An Importance Hierarchy When Presenting Information

Presenting information is an art unto itself. Whether it’s an email, PowerPoint or a speech, there’s a tendency to pack as much information into as little space as possible. It turns out it may be more important to create a hierarchy of information first.