tips to get you jump-started as a public speaker
Get trained -- check out course offerings at local colleges,
Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters International.
Start preparing your talk by jotting down all the points
you’d like to cover. Then pick 2-3 main points to
focus on. Create an outline that includes a beginning, middle,
Use simple language to convey your message.
Include stories that emphasize/support/illustrate your main
Use props -- they’ll help you grab and hold your audience’s
To make your talk livelier, use hand, arm and facial gestures.
Use vocal variety. Vary your volume. Use pauses.
Prepare your speeches well in advance and practice them
Practice in front of your family and friends and get their
Get ongoing support and training. Consider joining Toastmasters.
Take every speaking opportunity that comes your way. If
none arise, volunteer to speak at your church or for local
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