CHAMPION STRATEGIES – OCTOBER 24, 2020
Professional Can Use To Boost your public speaking skills (PT. 2)
Zero in on your body language
Ace public speakers use their body language to get their message across and improve their stage presence, Rosenberg says.
Here are five trade secrets:
- Plant your feet. (“Shifting back and forth from one hip to another can have a hypnotic effect on an audience,” says Rosenberg.)
- Bend your elbows at about a 90-degree angle.
- Don’t cross your arms. (“It shows people you’re closed off,” Gallo says.)
- Maintain eye contact with the audience. (“You don’t want to be reading off slides or constantly looking down at your notes,” says Gallo.)
Practice, practice, practice
No one becomes a great public speaker overnight. You need to flex your public speaking muscles. Want to gain experience talking in front of large groups? Consider taking a course through Toastmasters, a national organization that offers public speaking workshops.
Quit using filler words
Many people have a tendency to use fillers, such as “um,” “like,” you know,” and “ah,” when delivering a presentation, but these words can be distracting for audiences. The good news? “Fillers are very simple to fix,” says Gallo, “you just need to practice.”
Turn to TED
Many TED Talk presenters are masters at public speaking, so study up. “My favorite TED talk of all time is from Bryan Stevenson, a human rights lawyer,” Gallo says. “If you watch his presentation, you’ll see how he uses storytelling and his body language to drive home his points.”
More ways to shine at work
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Once you can master the public speaking part the world is yours.
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