Public Speaking. Victoria Lai, Governor. Fun Facts of Public Speaking. Don’t freak out! You are not alone! Fear of public speaking is the most common phobia in the world - even beyond the fear of death. Three of every four persons suffer from speech anxiety.
Public Speaking Victoria Lai, Governor
Fun Facts of Public Speaking Don’t freak out! You are not alone! • Fear of public speaking is the most common phobia in the world - even beyond the fear of death. • Three of every four persons suffer from speech anxiety. • Even professional speakers and college professors still get nervous before giving a speech or presentation
WHAT IS PUBLIC SPEAKING? • Put bluntly, it is speaking in public, preferably among an audience of humans. • In essence, it is a conversation, a connection, between you and your audience.
FREIGHTENING THOUGHTS • Forgetting points • Coming across as week • Failing to convince your audience • How you will look • How you sound • Not being as strong at speaking than others
HOW TO PREPARE • Listen to spoken word artists, teachers, political figures • Get excited for what you are speaking about • Read inspirational quotes • As officers you are entitled to do well • Remember that the members believe in you!
ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE • Remember public speaking is a conversation • You may have all the information in the world or a well written speech, but if does not meet their interests, they won’t care to listen. • Hook your audience from the • start
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE • Who is your audience? • What do they like? • Why did they come and listen? • Will they appreciate your jokes? • Will they appreciate your use of SAT words? • You don’t want to offend them or make them fall asleep while you are talking. • Don’t wait until you arrive to analyze your audience!
ACTUALLY SPEAKING • Amplify • Not too loud, not too quiet • You are a leader, so make sure your voice is heard! • Annunciate • Take your time • Make sure your mouth opens so every syllable is heard • Tone • Fluctuate your tone so that your voice captures attention and highlights important points
SHOW YOUR AUDIENCE SOME LIFE! Make eye contact! Your hands are powerful!
BE CAREFUL • Your Audience • Your Jokes • Your Vocabulary • Your Image • Your Sarcasm
BEEYOURSELF • Let your personality shine! It is what you are best at • Do not imitate others; you will come across as awkward or uncomfortable • Try using elements from people you admire • Develop your personal style • In the end this is you presenting the product • I love my flaws, my mistakes, & myself.
JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT • Public Speaking should be exciting and another reason for you to smile! • If you don’t enjoy it, why should your audience? • Smiles are contagious • Your goal is to converse, not whip out a list of jokes you memorized • Let you and the audience… BE ONE.
RESPECTFULSILENCE • Obtaining silence is key to being a successful public speaker • If you can hear me, clap once…If you can hear me, clap twice… • Present right next to the source of the problem • The 3-S Plan: Stop, Stare, Smile
MISTAKES • If you have a typo… • If you run out of breath… • If you forget a point… • If you are so nervous you’re shaking… • Smile, get over it, & keep going. • Remember, your audience won’t notice a mistake unless you tell them or point it out!
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