Public Speaking 101
Leadership Mini SeriesA Student Leadership Discussion Series
Be sure to take a look at the notes section below each slide for more information and links to video examples and other online resources.
Why is Public Speakingan Important Skill to Have?
Public speaking is a great life skill to have as it is necessary in many different areas.Class projectsJob/internship presentationsClub/organization meetings or eventsSpeech at a family gathering such as a wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.
10 Ways to ImproveYour Public Speaking Skills
Watch the Experts
Watch clips from great public speakers and find out what they do right. Pick up on their posture, tone, volume, hand gestures, eye contact, attire, any audio/visual aids, message, and more!
Dress to Impress
Be sure to look the part. Know your audience and don’t fall short of their expectations. If it is a formal event, be sure to look the part. Remember it is always best to overdress than to underdress.
Visit the Space Before Presenting
Get to know the space that you will be presenting in. Test out any audio and visual aids that you will be using.
Know Your Material
Be sure to have a strong knowledge base for the material that you are covering. This will be helpful if a question arises about the topic.Also, know your presentation! Know the content and order of your slides.
There are 6 C’s to consider:clearconciseconcreteTip:Try to share one thing no one knows
Body Language and Personality
Watch yourself in the mirror when you are practicing or record yourself on camera. Be aware of your body language, what is it conveying to your audience?
Let your personality shine through! Some speakers find it useful to share a personal story that is relevant and appropriate.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Run through your presentation on your own. Pay attention to your:Voice- Tone, inflection, volume, speed, pausesFiller Words- ‘um,’ ‘you know,’ ‘like’Areas of difficulty in your presentation
Share your presentation with a friend, classmate, professor, or anyone who is willing to give you feedback. Adjust your presentation with their feedback and then get feedback again.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Are you ready for:No InternetLost PowerPointCell phone ringingLate entranceDifferent size audience than expected
Forgot handoutsLost index cardsToo many questions
Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t:make excusesread your slides or verbatim from notesdefer answering questionsoverload your slides
Do:Always repeat audience questionsGive audiences something to walk away withRespect your audience’s time
Take your next presentation and practice in front of the mirror. Implement some of the suggestions from this presentation and improve your public speaking skills!
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