public speaking

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.


Speak Faster If Your Audience Disagrees, Slower If They Agree

If you know your audience, you can use speech rate to your advantage. Speak slower if they agree with you; speak faster if they disagree.


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.


Use Your Audience To Prove Your Point Instead Of A Slide

Often, when giving a presentation, we have to show statistics to illustrate our point. Instead of using a slide, consider getting the audience involved to help them understand the numbers.


Design Presentations Like A Science Fair For Better Interactions

Meetings and presentations can be a waste of time if they aren’t handled well. Designer Michael Dearing suggests taking inspiration from science fairs to make exhibits that are more engaging and interactive.


Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking By Making A Video Of Yourself

We often fear public speaking because we are afraid of how we appear to others, and we tend to be perfectionists. Make a video of yourself and share it on social media to overcome this fear.