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Public Speaking Tip #7: Develop Good Presence

Public Speaking Tip #7: Develop Good Presence

Here is the third and final installment of excerpts from For the Love of Public Speaking, a 27-minute introduction to Toastmasters I produced during a Television Production Workshop at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1994. This week I cover “Presentation.” The information in this video is targeted to people who […]

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The Importance of Public Speaking Skills

The King and I“If people cannot articulate their ideas in written and oral form,” says Stephen Cox, chair and associate professor of the Department of Organizational Communication at Murray State University in Kentucky, “then those people fail to exist in our social world; they’re invisible. The way you are known and come to know others is through communication.”

Despite the fact that we communicate every day of our lives, people still find doing so in front of a group — or even an authority figure — quite daunting (if not terrifying). This is why participating in a speech club or public speaking group such as Toastmasters is so important.
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Self Esteem and Self Worth

Bob UrichuckSelf Esteem + Self Confidence + Self Respect = Self Worth! Self = Net Worth – What Are You Worth?

By Featured Speaker Bob Urichuck

Self esteem is an internal sense of worth. It reflects an inner confidence and self-respect and it shines outwardly by the actions one takes.

The self esteem which evolves on the inside is usually reflected on the outside. Your internal self worth which consists of your self-esteem, self confidence and self respect will become your external net worth. It is a matter of pride in who you are and the mentor you can be.

Compare an individual with strong self esteem and high net worth to another with weak one and low net worth. What are the obvious differences? Does self esteem play a major role? Of course, it does. It is the essence of a personality. Strong self esteem produces confidence in oneself.
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Easy Ways to Remember Your Material

Easy Ways to Remember Your MaterialOne of the most common reasons people fear public speaking is that they blank out and forget their entire speech. I remember when I was competing on the speech team in high school, I did a speech on memory. In the middle of the speech during the competition, I blanked out and ended up saying something stupid like, “And it does this [blanked out, paused] for many reasons.”

Arg!

Sometimes it feels like you can practice and practice and practice and when the moment comes that you need to remember your presentation, everything goes blank!

However, there are ways that you can fool proof your message so that the parts you actually have to memorize are minimal. You do this by incorporating triggers into your presentation. These triggers can be things like power point slides, props, and stories that you scatter throughout your speech.

What the triggers do is prompt you to talk about the next point in your presentation. The triggers also serve as a spring board for helping you remember what to say next. There are four primary ways to remember your presentation.
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