fear of public speakingChristmas is coming, a time of office parties, social events and …… the dreaded PUBLIC SPEAKING!

If you are expecting to be asked to stand up and speak in public this Christmas, here are ten top tips that will help you to speak with confidence – my Christmas gift to you.

  1. Have a goal and prepare in good time
    What’s the message you want to get across? If you are clear about that before you start you are much more likely to succeed.
  2. Keep it simple
    Often, a few simple words will do, and most audiences will appreciate you for keeping it brief.
  3. Take a few deep breaths before you begin
    It will help you to relax and calm your nerves.
  4. Slow down
    It takes longer for people to process what you are saying during a presentation, so keep the pace slower than in normal conversation.
  5. Say what you mean and mean what you say
    That way people will experience you as sincere and believable
  6. Vary the tone and make sure that it matches what you’re saying
    This helps to keep it interesting and makes sure that your words and your style are well matched.
  7. Use pause
    A few seconds of silence can help to add impact to what you are saying, and it also gives you time to think about what you want to say next.
  8. Make eye contact
    Looking your audience in the eye will help to build rapport and make it more likely that people will listen to you.
  9. Smile
    People respond very strongly to a smiling face, and it will reinforce any positive messages that you want to communicate.
  10. Think positive thoughts
    Think of other speaking engagements that have gone particularly well, to get yourself in the right frame of mind. This can give a dramatic boost to your performance.

To find out more, visit the Watch Out World website www.watchoutworld.net, or call me, Vanessa Ugatti, on 01202 743961 for an informal chat.