Public Speaking & Everyday Life

MicPublic speaking is defined by Oxford University Press as “the action or practice of addressing public gatherings; the making of speeches.”

Public speaking usually brings images of professional settings or formal gatherings, when people think of public speaking they think of a stage with a large audience. If you had no stage or audience to deal with would you still need public speaking skills?

Here at Eloquence Academy we say YES you definitely need to work on your public speaking skills even when you aren’t faced with an auditorium full of people. Although communicating to a crowd is a big part of public speaking, it is not the sole use of the skill.
Wherever you stand should be thought of as your stage and whoever you speak to should be thought of your audience even if it was just one person.

Let’s talk examples. Jenny was a young adult I met, she had never needed to host an event or give a motivational speech to stadium full of people so she never practiced or worked on her public speaking skills. She solely relied on her social skills with her peers. Like most young adults in Malaysia & around the world, we think chatting with friends is all the skill we need. However friendly she was, she still did poorly when presenting her thoughts in class and never stood out in conversations at gatherings. Interviews were particularly tough for her, as she could not make eye contact or deliver her message well. Her lack of confidence came from her dismissal of opportunities to cultivate it and help her grow.

Eventually she started practicing the elements of delivering messages to listeners, first with one friend and then to bigger groups. Eventually she was used to communicating, her confidence built up and she was able to present in any situation fluently and gave respectable impression to the people she met.

Public Speaking is a combination of communication, presentation, entertainment & people skills, therefore practicing it in your daily interactions will serve beneficial to individuals. It is definitely more than just standing on stage.

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6 basic tips for better online security, from TED speaker James Lyne

An example of hot topics to consider

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In today’s talk, Lyne talks cybercrime, revealing some of the new methods that hackers and malicious code writers are using to grab our data. And he shows how we accidentally share that data — without even realizing it. [ted_talkteaser id=1820]For example, did you know that most smartphones embed GPS data in the photos we take? He asks, “As we play with these shiny new toys, how much are we trading off convenience for privacy and security?”

We asked Lyne, a cybersecurity specialist with SophosLabs, to share some simple tips to greatly improve your computer security. Below, here’s what he had to say:

Security is becoming a very complex topic with many different actors and issues — the recent NSA revelations adding to the pile of discussion. But an astonishing number of cybercrime attacks still play on some basic — and preventable — failures to protect personal data.

If…

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking?

 

This post is by Davis Nguyen, a former national public speaking champion. 

“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” -John Ford

I did not always enjoy public speaking. In fact, during my first presentation I froze up and was asked to take a seat. I made it a goal from that day that I would be a better public speaking. After hundreds of hours of reading, attending lessons, and practicing, I became a better speaker and even won a few awards and honors along the way.

I often get asked, “Is there a way for me to be a better speaker without having to spend so many hours practicing? I just want to give one speech.”

It is a honest question.

If you are like most people, you’ll have to give a speech at some point (or multiple points) in your life.

If you are like most people, you’re afraid to death of a thought of giving a presentation.

And if you are like most people, you don’t have countless hours each week to join an organization like Toastmasters or to practice your public speaking skills.

While I do encourage joining an organization like Toastmasters or another training program if public speaking is something you do on a regular or almost daily basis, for most people being asked to speak even once a week is rare.

If you are one of these people, you don’t want to spend 10,000 hours or even twenty hours practicing. You can still deliver a killer and memorable speech. You just need to know how to overcome the doubt you have and learn some simple techniques for effortlessly crafting a presentation.

4 Mental & Physical Hacks

Before you can give a killer speech, you have to be prepared to speak and this involves learning to overcome your fear of public speaking. Overcoming your fear of public speaking is done both mentally and physically.

1. Come prepared

Before your presentation, make sure you know what you will be talking about and that you have everything ready. Being prepared means knowing who your audience is, remembering your message, arriving early to setup and bringing everything you need with you. Make a list before you leave the house if you have to. When you know you have everything, you won’t stress out about missing something.

2. Remember the audience

Your audience is there for a reason. If you are being asked to speak, the audience wants to hear and learn from you. No one takes away part of their day, makes the time to travel to where your talk is, and spends money to get there just to hope that the speaker messes up. The audience wants you to succeed. If you need a reminder, keep saying to yourself, “They want me to succeed, so they can succeed.”

3. Breathe

Breathing will calm you down before you speak. Practice breathing before your name is called to speak.

4. Stand Up Straight

Stand up straight as you present. You will project your confidence, help with your own breathing, and allow your voice to project better.

These four things will help you overcome your fear of public speaking. Now with your actual presentation, follow these three steps.

3 Steps to Great Public Speaking

1. Have a structure

Having a structure you can always rely on will save you time when you have to craft a presentation. When I am rushed for time, I like to use this simple structure:

A) Story: I begin with a story since stories helps the audience relate to who I am, grabs their attention, and is easy for me to dive into because it is my story after all.

B) Point of the Story: After telling my story, I talk about why I chose to tell that story. My main points of the presentation.

C) Call to Action: Finally I have a call to action. If I just gave a training presentation, my call to action is for my students to implement what they just learned. If it is a motivational talk for them to leave the room feeling inspired.

2. Make it a Conversation

The easiest way to give a memorable talk is to make it conversational. If you look at the most popular TED Talks like Susan Cain’s Power of Introverts or Ken Robinson’s How Schools Kill Creativity, you’ll notice they were all personal and had plenty of stories to tell.

If you keep your presentation personal, as if you were talking to a friend, you will build a better connection with your audience, lower your own nervousness, and leave more people satisfied.

3. Ask for Feedback

After you finish with your presentation ask for feedback. What did you do right? What you could have done better?

Next time you speak, take one of those pieces of feedback into consideration and use it to improve your talk. That way, each time you speak you are getting better.

Now I’d love to hear what you think.

What has been the best advice you have received about becoming a better public speaker?

   

Public Speaking Tip: Breathing Easy Does it

A Perfect Wearable Reminder

On The Money

Deep Breath

Over the years I have talked about how good breathing technique is great at  calming your nerves, and it’s brilliant for pacing your talk.

I thought these two exercises would be a good refresher.

Previously I passed on this great old tip:  when walking breath in  through your nose  for four steps, hold your breath for four steps and breathe out through your mouth for four steps.  This helps regulate your heart rate when you are taking mild exercise.  Your speaking benefits because the more you do this the more your body becomes accustomed to it, and it has a calming effect on your body.

A static exercise:

This is one you can do at the venue before you get up to speak:

Breathe in through the nose and out through your mouth just the same as in the previous exercise.   This time you breathe in through your…

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New Eloquence Academy classes this month

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General Public Speaking Tips

Most people suffer from stage-fright, terrified of speaking in front of a large crowd. Many of us worry about how we would look in front of so many people. This makes it more difficult for a speaker to deliver a strong, confident presentation. Fortunately, there are so many ways that could help a person overcome his fear of public speaking, allowing us to deliver a strong, convincing speech.

To overcome this fear, one should consider taking up public speaking lessons. This is beneficial since you would be thought about the key principles related to effective public speaking. Moreover, you will also be taught simple tips and techniques that will boost your self-esteem when facing a huge audience.

In a public speaking lesson, you should expect the instructor to teach these basic principles in public speaking:

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  • Dress to impress – One the most important things you should note in public speaking classes is how to dress when making a presentation. The first thing your audience would notice and pay attention to, is the way you carry yourself and the clothes you are wearing. You should dress in a manner that speaks of professionalism, confidence and neatness. Like buying a product, we decide the quality of a product based on its packaging.
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  • Bond to the crowd – How to bond or connect to the crowd? This is one of the most essential elements in public speaking. A sense of connection could be simply done with making strong eye contact to the audience. This shows your audience that you are speaking directly to them with authority and confidence. Yet there are tendencies to look away when we are thinking or trying to remember something, and sometimes, we forget to spread our eye contact evenly across the crowd, making some feel ignored

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  • Limited and organized presentation – You should remember proper organization of your presentation. Most speakers tend to stuff their presentation full of details and figures. This can really confuse your audience and make them lose sight of your main points. Having too much to speak about can also force a speaker to lose time and even worse, lose your audience’s attention.

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  • Proper Tone – Another thing that should be covered is the proper volume and correct pronunciation. This is the common mistake for most speakers causing his audience to be unable to discern what he is trying to convey. This is can render your presentation ineffective. Public speaking classes will teach you to use your voice as an instrument and project it in a clear, articulate way. Estimate and adjust the tone appropriately, according to the venue where your presentation will take place. If you are close to the crowd in a small room, it would be silly to shout, so you should use a low tone of voice and speak with clarity. In addition, you should always keep on speaking at an appropriate pace; avoid speaking too fast or too slow so that your listeners can follow.

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