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Old Apr 30th 2007, 9:02 am
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Have you done any public speaking? Any tips?
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Old Apr 30th 2007, 9:18 am
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Done loads - at a conference being the last one.

Tips - depends entirely on what audience, how big the room is etc.

But just be confident, remember to speak slowly, have a good idea of what you want to say. I never write it all down, just have key points and ad lib.
 
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I've done loads too...what sort of event is it? is there a presentation or just a speech??

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I have to do a presentation and speak for 35 mins and then 10 mins questions from the audience.

Will present to about 60 people.

I'm having nightmares
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Just don't do too many slides in the presentation, and make sure you don't simply read out what is on the slides, I hate that. Agree with W10, have notes rather than a fully scripted speech, but rehearse and rehearse so you're comfortable that you know what you're going to say. Speak slowly...much slower than you think, cos there is nothing worse than a presenter who rushes through stuff...

You'll be fine...

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Just don't do too many slides in the presentation, and make sure you don't simply read out what is on the slides, I hate that. Agree with W10, have notes rather than a fully scripted speech, but rehearse and rehearse so you're comfortable that you know what you're going to say. Speak slowly...much slower than you think, cos there is nothing worse than a presenter who rushes through stuff...

You'll be fine...

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Cheers .. I work with some seasoned speakers so I get to have a few trial runs with them.

I have 9 slides ... just got to create the content for them now.
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I'm terrible at public squeaking; I pi$s-pronounce all of my worms.
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I'm terrible at public squeaking; I pi$s-pronounce all of my worms.
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Have you done any public speaking? Any tips?
For smaller groups I prefer free-form and allow the audience to chip-in with questions as they arise.
That way, keeping it interactive tends to hold their attention for longer.

However, with bigger audience you cant do this as it turns into a zoo.
I can only agree with the others

1. Speak slowly, people can get nervous and tend to rush through.

2. Keep slides to a minimum. Bullet-point key messages/drivers and reference things you wish to expand on verbally.

3. agree with the others, only read the slides to get a reference then expand on them....do not read the slide verbatim

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For smaller groups I prefer free-form and allow the audience to chip-in with questions as they arise.
That way, keeping it interactive tends to hold their attention for longer.

However, with bigger audience you cant do this as it turns into a zoo.
I can only agree with the others

1. Speak slowly, people can get nervous and tend to rush through.

2. Keep slides to a minimum. Bullet-point key messages/drivers and reference things you wish to expand on verbally.

3. agree with the others, only read the slides to get a reference then expand on them....do not read the slide verbatim

rgds
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Cheers.

I almost missed the last bit
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Cheers .. I work with some seasoned speakers so I get to have a few trial runs with them.

I have 9 slides ... just got to create the content for them now.
One of the best tips i was ever given - and it works - is to avoid the verbal fillers - mmmms, aaahhhhs,................ if you forget what u want to say or have to think , just be quiet........ someone will fill the silence..

Bit like this place really
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One of the best tips i was ever given - and it works - is to avoid the verbal fillers - mmmms, aaahhhhs,................ if you forget what u want to say or have to think , just be quiet........ someone will fill the silence..

Bit like this place really
I hope someone will fill the silence .. my worst memory of being on stage was when I had to go to elocution classes and then recite a poem at a fèis and completely lost my words!
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I hope someone will fill the silence .. my worst memory of being on stage was when I had to go to elocution classes and then recite a poem at a fèis and completely lost my words!
Try saying nothing for 30 seconds whilst standing infront of a group of people - they will be alot more unconfortable than u
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Wear something you feel good and comfortable in....not a shirt that's really too tight so it rides up and you have to pull it down constantly, not a skirt that is a little bit short or shoes that make your feet ache...you'll have enough on your mind not to be distracted by that....
And just think that the audience is glad not to be in your place...most people hate this sort of thing and you are up there and doing a good job! They are there to learn something, not to criticise you. And if you suddenly get a black out, don't go rambling on in all directions. Take a few moments to get back on track.
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Miss E, I do alot of public speaking too and it really isn't as frightening as you think, once you get up there and start it will just 'flow' if you know what I mean. I have short notes but nothing too rehearsed. Can we come and watch???
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