How to strengthen your body language

To become an effective speaker you need to strengthen your body language. In fact, posture, gestures, body movements and facial expressions are very important to become an effective speaker. Probably, eliminating distracting mannerism could be the first thing to work on. “The speaker who stands and talks at ease is …

The importance of physical movement

When you give a speech it is useful to show purposeful physical movement. In fact, it provides your audience with an indicator of your feelings and attitudes. In addition, moving effectively during a speech offers some more benefits. Let’s see what they are. Capture audience’s attention If you do not …

Use a mind map to organize your speech

There are several techniques that you can use to organize your speech. For example you could use a mind map. What is a Mind map? A mind map is a diagram that represents an individual’s random thoughts on a particular subject. It is used to describe relationships among pieces of …

8 Tips for using visual aids successfully

Using visual aids successfully requires practice. Displaying them too soon, too late, or too quickly will decrease their impact. Consider these tips to successfully show visual aids: 1. Display a visual just before you are ready to talk about it Your audience will look at a visual the moment you …

7 Guidelines for presenting visual aids

Visual aids are one type of support material for a speech. To be effective, visual aids should be easy to read and understand as well as pleasing to view. Whatever types of aids you are creating or using, consider the following guidelines: 1. Make them visible Everyone in the room …

How to use visual aids during a speech

Visual aids are one type of support material for a speech. Because people remember best what they simultaneously see and hear, visual aids are powerful tools for a speaker. What are the benefits of using visual aids? They offer five benefits: They increase understanding. Ours is a visual age. Most …

Silence is golden in public speaking

Get their attention When you go on stage you must command audience’s attention. Probably you have seen it happening many times. A speaker who embodies authority pauses at the podium or the front of the room before beginning. In that moment, the audience attends. Chatting ends, minds become focused, and …

The Importance of Rate in Public Speaking

Rate is how fast or slow a person speaks. Basically, it is the number of words you speak per minute (wpm). A normal number of wpm can vary hugely. In fact, studies report that speech rate depends on the speaker’s culture, location, gender, emotional state, audience etc. In detail, we …

Volume is the loudness of the speaker

Being able to control the loudness or softness of your voice helps to keep the audience’s attention.  Speaking too loudly for a long time will bother your audience. Speaking too softly for a long time will annoy listeners too, as they struggle to grasp your words.  Volume level depends on …

Your voice influences your speech

Your voice influences the impact of your speech and can make or break its success.  Posture has a great impact on your voice. Air must flow freely through your lungs and vocal chords.  If you slouch when speaking, with your shoulders hunched and your head down, your lungs and vocal …

Your voice is your most important tool

When you speak, your voice is your most important tool. Your voice is the link between you and your listeners. It is the primary medium for conveying your message. A good-quality voice begins with good breathing.  Your voice is supported by a column of air. The depth and steadiness of …

People believe people who look them in the eyes

In Western cultures, people more readily believe people who look them in the eyes while speaking.  If you make eye contact with your listeners, they’ll think you are sincere, credible, friendly, and honest.  These feelings have a great impact on your message and listeners’ willingness to accept it. Eye contact …

Gestures are the most expressive part of body language

Gestures consist of movements of the head, shoulders, arms, hands, or some other part of the body.  Some basic gestures show: Size, weight, shape, direction, and location. These physical characteristics call for hand gestures. “He went that way!” you may exclaim as you dramatically point out the direction. Importance or …

Your Stance Matters in Public Speaking

It can determine the success or failure of your speech. Although you should move during a presentation, occasionally you’ll stand still as you speak, usually during your opening and closing words or as you make an important point.  The stance you assume while standing still is important because it indicates …

Speak by using familiar words

Spoken language is much less formal and more repetitious than written language.  What you say must be immediately clear to your audience. Repetition and simple, clear language help listeners remember certain points.  Construct your speech in an oral style, using: Short words: in speaking, the most effective and memorable words …

Words are powerful

Your presentation’s success depends on the words you use and how you place them together.  Words are powerful; they communicate your message and affect how the audience perceives you and your message.  Clear, simple, vivid, and forceful words add excitement to your presentation, stimulate the audience and communicate a specific …

Moving smoothly from one topic to another

During speeches audience members need help in moving smoothly from one topic to another.  Transitions provide these valuable bridges and are usually used as you move:  – from the speech introduction to the body.  – from a main point to a subpoint.  – from a subpoint to support material. – …

The final opportunity to convey your message

The conclusion is your final opportunity to convey your message and main points in a manner that will help the audience remember them.  It should reinforce your ideas and leave listeners with a lasting impression.  If you were informing the listeners, you could conclude with a summary of the ideas …

How to prepare a body of a speech

When you are preparing the body of a speech is important to: 1. Keep an open mind. The information you discover may cause you to change your mind about a topic or prove it to be inappropriate or incorrect for your speech. 2.Use different sources. Read as many different books …

The main part of a speech

The body is the main part of a speech and consists of the facts or ideas the speaker wants to present.  The amount of information to include in the body will be limited by the amount of time available and how much the audience can remember.  Most listeners will remember …

The speech structure

An effective speech consists of three major parts: opening, body and conclusion. The opening should immediately catch the audience’s attention. The audience wants to know what the speaker is going to talk about, so the beginning of the speech should satisfy this need. A good opening could be: – A …

How to write a specific speech purpose

To make a presentation more beneficial for your audience it is important to define a specific purpose. The specific purpose is a one-sentence statement about what you hope to accomplish in your speech.  The specific purpose should be realistic and possible to achieve. Keep the specific purpose clear and concise.  …

The importance of the general purpose

When you prepare a speech it is important to choose the general purpose which is the broad intent of your speech. Here are four different types of general purpose: To inform: you can use it when you want your audience to learn about a new subject, develop a new skill, …

Some ideas to assemble a speech

After selecting a speech topic it is important to logically assemble ideas into a sequence that will help achieve the speech objective.  Here are some ways to assemble a speech: – Chronological: the topic is arranged by time.  – Spatial: this type of speech follows a direction. – Causal: this …