Banquet Speaker, Andrea MacDonald
Public Speaking Tips and Tricks
Speaking in public can be a nerve racking experience. Many would rather jump out planes, get blood work done, or meet a tarantula than stand in front of a group of people and talk. But thatâ€™s why itâ€™s part of Techsploration.
Confident public speaking is a skill that is only conquered through practice. Lots of it.
Not only is it an employable skill, but a lifelong ability that will come in handy far more often than you think.
At the Techsplorer Events Â participants will take part in a public speaking workshop for some last minute preparation and tips before their big presentations. In the meantime, here are some things to think about while rehearsing:
- You are a storyteller, not a reader. Memorize your lines. You are telling the audience about the awesome career you learned about, not reading aloud. When you read aloud, you are speaking text designed for the eyes, not the ears.
- When rehearsing, make someone the designated â€˜umâ€™ and â€˜ahâ€™ note taker. Often, when we say â€˜umâ€™ and â€˜ahâ€™ during a speech or presentation, itâ€™s because either a.) we havenâ€™t rehearsed enough, or b.) the speech doesnâ€™t flow well, and so we have to pause the think about what comes next. Your presentation should roll off your tongue. If you have a lot of â€˜umsâ€™ and â€˜ahs,â€™ rewriting a few lines of your presentation might help.
- If you forget your line (and it happens to the best of us), donâ€™t panic. Take a deep breath. It will come to you. Donâ€™t let it get you worked up.
- Focus on something at the back of the room. If looking at a crowd of faces makes your heart flutter, look past them. Not only will it calm your nerves, but it has the advantage of looking like you are speaking directly to the audience, even if you are looking at the doorknob on the rear exit.
- If your mouth goes dry, gently bite your tongueâ€”it will activate your spit glands and, voilÃ , no more cotton mouth.
- Understand that you are a messenger delivering a message. You are there to tell everyone about your role modelâ€™s career, and it is the message that is important. When you stop obsessing about how youâ€™ll do or what people will think, and concentrate only on delivering a great message, speaking in public becomes much less intimidating.
- Remember, everyone is there for the same reason and is probably feeling a little jittery, just like you. Most important though, remember that everyone is cheering for you.