Many people and organisations offer presentational skills training; I do much more than that. I enable individuals to understand how their voice works, so that they can control it. I help them to understand their own body language, and how to control that. I also cover what makes for a successful message and how to tailor the same message for different audiences.
Practising the techniques taught is essential, and if done, rapid progress can be made.
Together we will work on each element: Voice, Body, Message, Mental State or Nerves, and Getting the Desired Response.
This can be done one to one or with a group. It can be done intensively in a short period, or more gradually over time. Call me or email to set out your specific requirements and challenges.
Here are 10 tips on public speaking you may find useful. My approach can help you with any or all of these.
1. Research your audience What are people expecting from you? What sort of things matter to them? What do you want them to do as a result of hearing you?
2. Give them three messages Begin powerfully, then deliver the three key points, and then finish your speech with something that will stay in their minds.
3. Body language Smile, make eye contact and use gestures. Good posture conveys a sense of personal power and it communicates confidence. A fidgeting speaker irritates an audience.
4. Voice counts for 38 per cent of impact. Variation of pitch adds colour to a voice. Pace your delivery – don’t dwell on unimportant words and phrases, but always speak clearly, and slow down on vital ones.
5. First impressions count You only have one chance to create a first impression and clothing has a language and it is also a key part of your message. It takes seven seconds to make a first impression and what you wear says something about you. Your introduction is paramount.
6. Connect with your audience People respond positively when you are real, so be yourself. There is a difference between impressing and connecting. Audiences retain 80 per cent of material from being actively involved. Asking a question is a good way to kick things off. Or perhaps you could think about an interactive activity at the start.
7. Warm up This helps to focus mind and body before you speak. Turn off your mobile phone and set aside 10 to 20 minutes of undisturbed time in advance of the speech.
8. Know the subject matter Identify the ideas you want to communicate – they will be easier to memorise than words. Using bullet points helps you to learn the structure. It is easier to remember stories, so tell anecdotes. And don’t simply read your presentation – take your eyes off the page.
9. Believe in yourself Change your state of mind if you are feeling negative about giving your presentation.
10. Rehearse First, practise in front of a mirror, and then take a risk by presenting it to someone you trust. A rehearsal gives you a greater sense of confidence.