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A to Z of Public Speaking

Do you need to make a speech? Are you afraid of speaking to an audience? Does your job depend on making presentations to groups of people? Here are a few hints to help you conquer your fears of public speaking.

Speaking to an audience is named as one of the things people fear most. It is also something that many people are unable to avoid, whether it’s a work presentation, a toast to the bride and groom, or a best friend’s eulogy. Even a job interview is a form of impromptu speaking that you can prepare for. I was once advised to get my butterflies flying in formation. Here are a few tips to help you control the butterflies in your stomach as they attempt to take over your presentation. Practice these ahead of time and during your speech and the process will become much easier for you. You may even enjoy it.

Audience: The audience is the reason you're speaking. Without the audience you’d have no need to deliver your speech. Consider who the members of the audience will be and keep their needs in mind.

Body: The main part of the speech, the body, is where you develop the ideas of your message. Choose three main facts or ideas. Any more and your speech becomes complicated. Weave stories or anecdotes into your speech to reinforcing your main points.

Conclusion: Conclude your speech by briefly summarizing your main points, then refer back to your initial opening statement. Your message will be reinforced and your audience will have something concrete to take away with them.

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