Don’t Do This!
Public speaking is a love or hate kind of thing. I really enjoy it, but many people would rather crawl under their chairs than speak to a group of people.
But everyone can become better at public speaking. A good start is avoiding these common errors.
X Go over the time limit
Time is precious. Practice is the key to making your presentation or offering your keynote talk within the time limit. Respect your audience’s time.
X Speak in a monotone
Robots don’t make great speakers, so add some life to your voice. Be enthusiastic about the topic. If it is a larger crowd, you may need to boost your tone even more when you speak.
X Look at your feet
Make eye contact. Smile. We want to connect with you. We want you to do well.
X Use big words
The current occasion is a superb diurnal to augment your lexis. Not. This is not the best time to increase your vocabulary. Use your own words. Avoid jargon. Being clear is always the best course of action.
X Be someone else
You can learn from great public speakers, but don’t imitate them. Be you. That’s the secret sauce to effective public speaking.
What are you going to do differently the next time you speak?