Public speaking can be difficult for anybody. But once you have these 7 techniques in your arsenal, the success of your public speaking will significantly improve.

  1. Grab your audience’s attention using a hook (i.e. personal story, fact, joke, etc.) at the beginning of your speech.
  1. Always be enthusiastic!
  1. Preview your content. Make sure the audience knows what you will be discussing in your speech.
  1. Make eye contact. This is a great way to keep your audience engaged.
  1. Vary your voice (i.e. pitch, volume, pace, pauses) in order to emphasize certain aspects of your speech.
  1. Avoid filter words such as ummm, like, etc. If you need to recollect your thoughts pause and think about what you will say next before continuing your speech.
  1. Use body language purposefully. Use hand gestures to emphasize some of your points, but DO NOT over do it!

 

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