public speaking

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.


Boost Your Public Speaking Confidence With Vocal Exercises

Public speaking is hard enough for most of us. You’ve memorised, rehearsed and gone over it a million times in your head, but there is no guarantee those brilliant words of yours are going to flow out of your mouth the way you want them to. These exercises can help.


Grab Your Audience's Attention With Three Simple Steps

Public speaking (whether in person or online) is a nerve-wracking experience if you don’t quite know what to say. If you have a little familiarity with your audience, though, you can grab them early on. You just need to engage a few key steps.


The Michael Bay CES Lesson: Always Have A Backup Plan For Presentations

Action movie uber-director Michael Bay caused a sensation today at Samsung’s CES press conference when he walked off stage because he couldn’t read the teleprompter. There’s a lesson here for everyone: if you’re making any kind of presentation, make sure you have a backup option in case the technology failed.


Get Excited, Not Calmer, To Deal With Performance Anxiety

While we have shown you ways to calm down before a speech, new research suggests that’s not always the best strategy to deal with performance anxiety. Instead of getting calmer, get excited and you’ll have better results.


Overcome Stage Fright With A Storyboard And A Structured Format

Public speaking can be nerve-wracking for anyone. If you want to become more comfortable when you have to present to a crowd, fully prepare for it with a few tips from Mikael Cho, co-founder of ooomf.


Greet Your Audience At The Door Before You Start Your Next Speech

Public speaking isn’t easy, so it helps to have every trick in the book at your disposal to beat your fear. The next time you have to speak in front of an audience, you might want to introduce yourself to them at the door, suggests Dumb Little Man.


Deliver Better Public Speeches By Ensuring You Demonstrate Vulnerability

Giving a speech to a large audience is hard, and although we have a few ways to help normal people give great speeches, every extra tip can help. James Altucher is no stranger to addressing groups, but he has a few key mantras to adhere to when standing in front of a crowd. One of the most important ones is “ABV: Always Be Vulnerable”.


Give Better Presentations By Thinking Of Yourself As A Mentor

One of the biggest challenges when giving a presentation or speaking in public is feeling self-conscious. Similarly, the worst presenters seem too self-absorbed and self-promoting. Presentation expert Nancy Duarte offers this advice to overcome this hurdle: be like Yoda.


Ask LH: How Can I Organise A Buck's Night?

Dear Lifehacker, Last week I found out my best friend is getting married later this year and I have the honour of being the best man. With this honour comes two main responsibilities and it’s the reason I am writing to you. The first task is organising a buck’s night.