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Public speaking excellence is a necessary skill if you are a leader. It has always been so. Yet today what you say may be heard by millions worldwide. Your ability to be fully, extraordinarily present in your speeches and presentations is therefore essential.

Of course the higher your profile and influence, the more numerous and compelling are the sources of beckoning distraction. (For more on the skills of being a dynamic performer as a speaker, check out our ( “Elements of an effective speech.”)

Below are 10 suggestions we use at Traindrill, all of them with roots in the theater, for helping leaders stay fully focused and present for their audiences. They range from nonverbal communication to storytelling to breathing for speech. Each tip is simple. Together they are a recipe for presentation excellence on a level commensurate with speaking for true leadership.

Ten Public Speaking Techniques for Leadership

  1. Ground yourself. Feel your feet gripping the floor. Imagine your feet have roots that go deep into the earth. The earth gives you energy and stability. You are steadfast and powerful!
  2. Stand or sit with good posture. Visually, it’s important. Overall, it makes a difference in how strongly you and your ideas are accepted. You will feel like you have more authority if you look like you should.
  3. Breathe diaphragmatically. That means slowly, deeply, and calmly. “Belly breathe” by taking fuller breaths, and learn how to control your exhalation so you support the sound to the ends of phrases (where the most important words usually reside). Be aware of each delicious nourishing breath.
  4. Dive into your audience. Your audience is a pool. Submerge yourself in their energy and humanity. Relish the sheer reality of their presence and yours, together. You will excite yourself and them.
  5. Take your time. High-profile speaking can make you speak too rapidly because of adrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormone. Take your time to cherish this opportunity, which is only here now and in a moment will be gone forever.
  6. Pay attention with all of your senses. Take in sensually everything that’s going on around you. Hear with your eyes, feel the audience’s reactions as if it were tactile, taste the ideas in your mouth, etc. Respond with all your being!
  7. Aim your energy outward. Your audience matters, not you! Lose yourself in your message and how it is being received. Since you are a leader who isn’t used to hearing this, I will repeat it: you don’t matter. Send the best of you to the people who do matter.
  8. Make eye contact as you tell the story. The story is what the audience is here for. Whatever you’re talking about, it’s a story, a narrative. In that sense you’re always involved in storytelling. Tell people about it.
  9. Trust silence. Silence is one of the most powerful tools in your public speaking toolbox. It helps you pace your presentation. It gives audiences time to fully grasp what you’re saying. It also tells audiences, “I’m confident.”
  10. Move! If you move while you speak, it will help you think and keep you in the moment. Strong, clean gestures amplify and bring your content to life. The body is an essential tool of human communication, and ignoring it can turn you into a block of wood. If you’re seated, simply use your arms, hands, upper body, and face. But give physical expression to the important things you say. If you don’t, we’ll miss the person behind the ideas.

There is one thing that will keep you from employing these techniques: listening to your own self-talk that frays your concentration when you need it most. But if you practice the skills named above, do you think you’ll have time to listen?

A last point: Don’t practice all of these techniques at once. Try one or two at a time, especially in low-risk speaking situations. Gradually, you’ll build up dynamism and focus that any speaker would envy. When you do, let us all know where we can hear you speak.

By Amanambu Amobi




                                                                           Elements Of An Effective Speech


Lenny Laskowski

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t; the other half have nothing to say and keep saying it.”

Anyone can give a speech. Not everyone can give an effective speech. To give an effective speech there are 6 elements you should consider.

Be Prepared – Being prepared is by far the most important element. How many times do you practice your speech? As a general rule, you should spend about 30 hours of preparation and rehearsal time for every hour you will be speaking. Use a tape recorder or videotape yourself. This will help you to get an accurate picture of how you speak.

Give of Yourself – Use personal examples and stories in your speech whenever possible. Make sure your stories help to emphasize or support your point. The stories must match your message. Use examples from your personal and professional life to make your point. In either case be willing to give of yourself by sharing some of yourself with the audience

Stay Relaxed – To stay relaxed you should be prepared. Also, focus on your message and not the audience. Use gestures, including walking patterns. Practice the opening of your speech and plan exactly how you will say it. The audience will judge you in the first 30 seconds they see you.

Use Natural Humor – Don’t try to be a stand up comedian. Use natural humor by poking fun at yourself and something you said or did. Be sure NOT to make fun of anyone in the audience. People will laugh with you when you poke fun at yourself but don’t over do it.

Plan Your Body & Hand Positions – During the practice of your speech look for occasions where you can use a gesture. Establish three positions where you will stand and practice not only how to move to them but where in your speech do you move. Pick three positions, one on center stage, one to your right, and one to your left. Do not hide behind the lectern. When you do move maintain eye contact with the audience.

Pay attention to all details – Make sure you have the right location (school, hotel, room & time). Make sure you know how to get to where you are speaking. Ask how large an audience you will be speaking to. Make sure you bring all your visual aids and plenty of handouts. Arrive early so you can check out where you will be speaking and make any last minute adjustments.

It is very important that you pay attention to even the smallest details. You can never overplan. Remember, “He who fails to plan is planning for failure”

Edited by

Amanambu Amobi

Bodurin Aadam

Bodunrin Aadam – TrainDrill Co-Founder

Different types of public speaking require different speaking styles and skill sets. Here’s a brief overview of 4 broad kinds of public speaking, plus a miscellaneous category with a few others.

• Informative. This category is fairly self-explanatory. Informative speeches are meant to inform. You’ll find these at technology conferences, scientific conventions, idea seminars, business meetings, and other times when speakers introduce new information. Specificity and accuracy are key to delivering effective informative speeches.
• Persuasive. A persuasive speech is meant to convince people of an idea or to commit them to action. You’ll find these speeches in sales, politics, religion, and other arenas where viewpoint and action are paramount. A persuasive speech is most effective when it appeals to the audience on both the emotional and logical level, and then presents to the audience a specific action.
• Ceremonial. These speeches include toasts, recitations, graduation speeches, and other formal events. They must be tailored to the occasion and to the people present.
• Extemporaneous/impromptu. Off-the-cuff speeches may be any of the types above, the only difference being that they are given without significant preparation. Generally, one should follow a preconceived and easy-to-remember organizational pattern in order to ensure effective delivery despite minimal preparation.
• Debate, broadcasting, religious talks, etc. Other types of public speaking exist in other settings. Most of these are just combinations and iterations of the four forms discussed above. Debate is a persuasive speech combined with extemporaneous rebuttals, broadcasting may be informative or persuasive, but must be tailored to the medium. Religious talks may be ceremonial speeches mixed with a good dose of persuasion. These forms and others are best understood when looked at in light of their basic elements and communication mediums.

So before you give a speech, determine what your intent is. Do you want to inform or to persuade? Once you know that, figure out what you must do to get your desired reaction from the audience. Each type of public speaking compliments the others; don’t be afraid to mix-and-match

Edited by Amanambu Amobi

public speaking tips

10 things you need to know as a public speaker

Know the room.
Be familiar with the place in which you will speak.
Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.

Know the audience.
Greet some of the audience as they arrive.
It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.

Know your material.
Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase.

Ease tension by doing exercises.

Visualize yourself giving your speech.
Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured.
When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful.

Realize that people want you to succeed.
They don’t want you to fail.
Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining.
They are on your side!

Don’t apologize.
If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience’s attention to something they hadn’t noticed.

Concentrate on the message — not the medium.
Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience.
Your nervousness will dissipate.

Turn nervousness into positive energy.
Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.

Gain experience.
Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.

Culled from Toastmaster International

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If this were a list of the human race’s greatest fears, public speaking would be right at the top. Whether it’s forgetting your lines or realizing you have a running nose or a red Stain on your white shirt, fear of public speaking really boils down to fear of being ridiculed, rejected, and publicly humiliated.

But don’t worry,Just follow our tips, you’ll not just be fine but you will be great in speech

1, If you have a speech or presentation anywhere, start looking for what makes successful public speakers so successful. Note their styles and habits and keep them in mind as good examples.