Looking to become a better speaker? Here are proven tips on how to give better presentations:
- Know your material.
When giving a presentation, you should know more about the subject than you include in your speech. Use personal stories and conversational language to help you remember what to say.
- Practice, practice, practice!
Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using and revise your speech as necessary.
- Know the audience.
Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
- Know the room.
Arrive early, walk around the speaking area, and practice with any visual aids.
Ease tension by doing exercises. Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
- Visualise yourself giving your speech.
Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and confident. Visualise the audience clapping–it will boost your confidence.
- Realise that people want you to succeed.
Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining. They don’t want you to fail
- Don’t apologise.
If you are nervous or encounter a problem in your speech, refrain from saying sorry-the audience probably never noticed it.
- Concentrate on the message, not the medium.
Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
- Gain experience.
Experience builds confidence which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters membership can provide the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment.
Visit Loughrea Toastmasters!
We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Loughrea Family Resource Centre in Loughrea. The meeting room open at 7.30pm and the meeting starts at 8pm prompt. There is a charge or €5 on the door to cover room hire and refreshments. For details of where we meet click here or for our list of events click here.