Train for the Event Hydrate beforehand. Perform vocal exercises. Take deep yoga breaths in a place where air isn’t dry.
See also Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Fear of public speaking is routinely ranked up there with death, heights, and spiders among the things that really freak people out. We hate to add to the pressure, but speaking well to a group also can mean a lot to your career – and speaking poorly from the podium can hold you back. Preparation helps, says author Christine K. Jahnke, who discusses a wide range of strategies for better public speaking in her new book, The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best (Prometheus Books/Available in September). Yes, men can learn from it, too. Subjects covered in the book include proper inflection, focus, and pace – even the food and beverages to avoid before a speaking engagement. The founder of a Washington-based speech-training firm called Positive Communications, Jahnke has advised or trained the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with numerous CEOs and other corporate senior execs. For more about the book,
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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