Chances are good what was missing was practice Few of us are naturally eloquent

Chances are good what was missing was practice few of

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on it. Chances are good what was missing was practice. Few of us are naturally eloquent. Fewer still feel really comfortable giving a speech without any presentation which is why practice is essential to delivering an effective message. There are no research studies demonstrating an optimal amount of preparation and rehearsal time for presentations. However, most teachers of speech communication agree that the amount of practice time needed depends on these factors: The amount of prior speaking experience The number and complexity of presentational aids Familiarity with the topic and audience Confidence regarding speaking abilities The degree of formality of the occasion or context Practicing your presentation will help you achieve four speaking characteristics that make the difference between a good presentation and a great presentation: fluency, naturalness, vivacity, and non-verbal competence. If you do not practice, your audience will immediately see that your talk lacks these characteristics in more detail. (i) Fluency Fluency refers to smooth or effortless articulation of a speech. With practice, fluency naturally increases. You know what you intend to say, in what order, and as you practice, a comfortable speaking style emerges, helping you to sound more fluent. Practice helps you avoid saying “um” or “ah” or “like, you know” or any other form of speech that will make you appear less articulate. You will no longer connect sentences with “and” or “so”. Those speaking crutches go away and are replaced with natural vocal pauses, rather than stumbling for words and filling spaces with “and” or “uh”. Achieving fluency allow you to focus on the flow of ideas rather than on specific words. When you speak fluently, your message is clear and you deliver it smoothly and with confidence. (ii) Naturalness Naturalness refers to an easy, genuine manner of speaking. Although your aim is not to re-create the Oprah Winfrey show, think about how natural she appears when speaking before a large audience. Natural speakers draw us into the message, making us feel a part of the presentation. They are fluent in their subject and comfortable talking about it. You should aim to be yourself. Avoid affection; your attitude toward your audience should always be one of collaboration and equality, not superiority and distance. You should stand up straight, be precise yet poised, and reflect a positive, helpful posture toward your listeners. By analogy, think of how you speak with a group of friends or business colleagues in a public place. (iii) Vivacity
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