public speaking

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.


Use The HAIL Method To Be More Persuasive And Trustworthy

Being persuasive is often a function of being (or at least appearing) trustworthy. The more people trust you the more likely they are to listen to your words and do what you want. For that purpose, the HAIL method can guide you.


Avoid Saying 'I'm Sorry' For A Better Presentation

When the inevitable snag in a presentation occurs, we’re inclined to apologise for the error. However, you should consider avoiding that phrase entirely.


Avoid Saying 'Thank You' For A More Powerful Presentation

Your first instinct might be to thank the audience at the end of your speech. But dropping the “Thank You” can make your closing signal speak for itself.


Identify Your Voice's 'Mask' To Optimise Your Natural Pitch And Tone

You’d think talking would be one of those things we’ve mastered by the time we’re adults. Yet we haven’t even got breathing properly down. If you’re trying to make your voice sound better and project more, start by finding your voice’s “mask.”


Keep Your Hands In Your Lap While On Camera

If you haven’t had your 15 minutes of fame yet, you will. Look your best during an on-camera interview by keeping your hands in your lap, says communications blog Ragan.com.


Improve Your Presentations And Public Speaking 60 Seconds At A Time

Most of us weren’t born orators and could use a little rehearsal to make speaking in public more natural and presentations less sucky. Andrew Ng, Coursera co-founder and Stanford professor, suggests doing deliberate practise sessions to get better at these highly useful skills.