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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Public Speaking 101

Do you get nervous when you have to talk in front of a crowd? If you find your hands sweating, your knees shaking, and your voice quivering when you need to a make a toast at a wedding, give a presentation in class, present an award, or give a eulogy, then you should read some of the new books we just received on public speaking. Let's admit it, we all get nervous addressing a group. Some people just hide it better than others. These books have some wonderful tips and tricks and good sound advice on how to overcome your fear.

Some tips to help you get started:

  • Prepare and rehearse (stand in front of a mirror and read your talk many times for practice). Practice out loud over and over and over.
  • Think success and visualize yourself doing well
  • Establish eye contact with the entire audience
  • Vary the rate, pitch, and volume of your voice
  • Look at the audience more than your notes
  • Read slowly and don't rush through your talk
  • Breathe deeply and often
  • Realize the audience wants you to succeed
  • Be aware of the speaking environment (visit the room prior to your talk)
  • Know your audience
  • Do not apologize for being nervous

Dr. Rick Asam will be giving a talk on Public Speaking later this spring. Look for the date and time in our newsletter and on the webpage and blog.

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