Sunday, 26 January 2014


“There are two types of speakers. Those who get nervous and those who are liars.”
― Mark Twain
 Its no secret i have trouble with public speaking and in general confidence. I have always struggled with it since i was a small child. In order to overcome, or at least help i've decided to find ways of dealing with it. I've scrolled through the internet for hours and hours and found some helpful tips i am willing to try, so i thought i'd share what i've found. They are tips on how to give a good presentation. They might not work for everyone and some of them i know might not work for me but I hope they help :) 
1. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud beforehand. Know the ‘masters’ watch other peoples see the good points, copy them adapt them to your own.
Start looking for what makes successful public speakers so successful. Note their styles and habits and keep them in mind as good examples.
2. Know the audience. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers..
3. Eye contact: People trust people who look them in the eye, so look at your audience when you're speaking to them. Don't look at the floor -there's nothing down there! Don't look solely at your notes. You appear more confident when your head is up, which puts your audience at ease and allows you to take command of the room.
4. Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything.
Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. We're usually our own worst critics. If you forget to read a sentence off your notes, it's doubtful anyone will know. If you skip forward to the next image on the projector by mistake, no one's going to run you out of town. Don't worry. It's not life or death, it's just a speech.
5. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
6. Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it.
7. Gain experience. Mainly, your speech should represent you — as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment.
8. Be fabulous: Negative thinking will get you nowhere but down in the dumps. If you believe that you'll be great, you will be. If you think you're going to fail, you probably will. It's as simple as that.

9. The old saying "fake it 'til you make it" is actually pretty good advice. Even if you have zero confidence in yourself, try acting like you do. The longer you fake it, the more comfortable it will feel. 
I have been looking up motivation and confident public speakers and have been watching their speeches to get an idea of there style and way they talk. I focused my research on...

Winston Churchill.

Barack Obama.

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