Archive for December 9, 2007

Proven Tips To Boost Your Public Speaking And Presentation Skills

December 9, 2007

Yesterday was another educational session of The National University of Singapore Toastmasters Club’s Speechcraft: Speak Your Way To The Top! Once again, the overwhelming intake of participants warms my heart and I’m sure everyone can feel that their efforts in organizing the event have paid off. Thanks to everyone in NUS TMC!

As the Trainer and Evaluator of the Speechcraft program, I shared with the participants the following tips to improve their speeches:

1. Give life and characters to the people in your speeches. We want to know who they are and how they behave.

2. Explore depth rather than breath. There is always a tendency to cover too much grounds, losing the message in the process. Attempt to go deeper into one topic or a sub-topic than to spread yourself too thin.

3. Trust yourself, no matter how unprepared you are. At the end of the day, when it comes to making speeches and presentation, you are on your own. Draw on your inner strengths and know-how rather than trying too hard to remember your scripts.

4. Speak with your audience, than merely to your audience. When your audience can feel you are truly with them, they will reciprocate by standing by you. Make your speeches not just a one sided affair, but rather “a Waltz with a Groove”, I usually say. It’s a dance with them, back and forth. Then your speech will start to have real impact with your audience.

Work on these tips conscientiously. You’ll soon discover how much the art and science of public speaking can improve your life and work success.

Let us Excel Beyond Excellence!