11 Tips for Giving a Great Speech

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Practice, Practice, Practice

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    Prep in front of a mirror to watch for hand gestures, facial expressions, etc. Then do so in front of a trusted friend or associate who will give you honest feedback.

Does the prospect of making a public presentation send you into a state of panic? If so, then you're far from alone. In fact, three-quarters of people suffer from speech anxiety, which means that it's the most common phobia of all. That said, most employees and managers who are considered key contributors within their organizations and industries will need to make a speech from time to time, and that includes those in the IT profession. (Remember, it's not all about programming and other tech skills.) So, to help make the experience less stressful and more successful, we're presenting the following 11 tips for giving a great speech. They include best practices for calming the nerves, as well as advice about delivery, preparation and the overall presentation. As is the case with most professional pursuits, the more time you invest up front in researching, planning and practicing for your big event, the more likely it is that you'll be a hit with your audience. Our tips are compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by The Leader's Institute and Lifehack.org.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-26
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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