IE GXMBA Public Speaking Skills manual.pdf

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VOICE Breathing: Breathing is your source of energy to speak. Do deep breathing exercises hours before your presentation. If you find yourself short of breath, pause or turn the attention to your audience with a question. Volume: Adjust it to the size of the group. Vary your volume to achieve a dramatic effect. Tone: Exaggerate your highs and lows, as if you were telling a story. Speed: Accelerate and slow down from time to time. Speak at approximately 130 words per minute. Articulation: The larger the audience, the more precision you will need. Avoid mumbling. You can also exaggerate your articulation to emphasize a point.
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Speak & Span, Barrancos 42. 28290 Las Matas, Madrid T: +34916301191, M: +34609234393 www.speakandspan.com 13 Pauses: Use pauses before you start speaking and during your presentation. They add interest and make you appear powerful. Fillers: Avoid verbal garbage, like “ah - uhm”, “ eeem ”, “ well ”, “you know”, etc. It is distracting, and it reduces your level of authority.
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Speak & Span, Barrancos 42. 28290 Las Matas, Madrid T: +34916301191, M: +34609234393 www.speakandspan.com 14 NERVES: USE THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
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Speak & Span, Barrancos 42. 28290 Las Matas, Madrid T: +34916301191, M: +34609234393 www.speakandspan.com 15 MENTAL SOLUTIONS 1. You need to be nervous to perform. 2. Visualize with lots of detail, and you inner voice. 3. Concentrate on the message, not on yourself. 4. Practice relaxation techniques, especially deep breathing 5. Listen to music that tunes you into the rhythm of your presentation. 6. Choose carefully what you eat and drink. Low-fat food, protein, fruit, vegetables and carbohydrates like pasta, baked potatoes, bread and rice, work well. Stay away from alcohol caffeine, and dairy products. 7. Give yourself perspective: think about other things that are REALLY important. 8. Everybody gets nervous when presenting. 9. Project an imaginary situation on your audience. 10. The audience only perceives 10% of the stress you think you have. PHYSICAL SOLUTIONS 11. Tense all the muscles in your body for a few seconds, and then suddenly relax them, several times right before presenting. 12. Exercise before you start: you will release adrenaline. Move! AUDIENCE RELATED SOLUTIONS 13. Throw them a question: let them do the talking. 14. Talk to them before you start: it is easier to present to people you know. 15. Look for a friendly face in the audience. They all want you to do well. LOGISTICAL SOLUTIONS
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Speak & Span, Barrancos 42. 28290 Las Matas, Madrid T: +34916301191, M: +34609234393 www.speakandspan.com 16 16. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Practice your presentation at least six times. Practice with your AV aids. 17. Be at the venue at least one hour before your presentation. Make sure the room is set up to your liking. You should feel at home. 18. Dominate the stress of the first 30 seconds.
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