Public Speaking Ginger Tran
The No. 1 predictor of success and upward mobility, according to an AT&T and Stanford University study, is how much you enjoy public speaking and how effective you are at it.
Starting Out • Preparation is key, be willing to admit what you do or do not know • Consider your audience • BE CONFIDENT • Use appropriate eye contact and hand gestures • Most importantly, take a deep breath and remember everything will be okay!
Confidence • Make an effort to make eye contact when necessary • Enunciate and speak slowly • Be energetic and speak up so that everyone can hear you • Appropriate hand gestures will help make a point
Things to REMEMBER • Smile • Speak up • Think positively • Let your body language be in sync with your words • Use light, appropriate humor if you can • “Open” your posture so it seems more inviting • Try to have a definitive ending
Things to AVOID • Clichés or slang words (this includes *like*) • Stuttering (um and uh) • Nervous laughter • Apologizing or discrediting yourself • Twiddling thumbs or nervous ticks • Long pauses • Wandering eyes • Too many details • Trailing your sentences