Public Speaking Tips
by By Ted Harwood, Ph.D.
Business Persona: Executive Communications Consulting
Maybe you’re like a lot of people who, when invited to give a talk, ask themselves: “How can I get out of doing this?” “Why did I even agree to talk?”
If you view public speaking as a chore or, worse, as a nerve-wracking, anxiety filled experience, the chances are good your audience won’t enjoy and benefit from hearing you talk, even if you have worthwhile information to give them.
The first thing you have to try to do is change your attitude — by coming to view public speaking as an enjoyable activity, something you look forward to.Your enjoyment of speaking will increase the chances that your audience will attend to what you say, actively listening and absorbing your insights — rather than just sitting there noticing your discomfort and awkwardness, and then turning their minds someplace else.An audience can be looking at you, nodding mechanically, but without hearing a word your saying — because they lost interest the minute you got off on the wrong foot. More…