public speaking

Start Presentations With A Mental Puzzle To Make A Great Impression

First impressions matter, and this is certainly true when you give a presentation. To get off on the right foot, try posing an intellectual question to engage your audience and get them thinking.


Learn The Formula To A Funny Story For Your Next Presentation

Unless you’re a natural comedian, it’s hard to come up with your own comedic material. This three-step formula helps anyone come up with an easily-scripted joke.


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.


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.