Saturday, 25 February 2017

Public Speaking Secrets – Speak & Grow Rich! #3

#3 The Magic of Voice

There are numerous examples of leaders in history who have stirred their audiences through their powerful speeches. What made their speeches so great? While content and words play an important role, which I will deal with in a later article, there is something we need to know about that is equally essential, if not more.

This important element is the magic of your voice. Modulation of your voice can make the audience sit up and listen. How do you tell stories to children? Don't you modulate your voice and create expressions that help children to visualise the story?

Remember, your voice is what makes a great impact. Practice every day to improve your expressions. Move from a monotonous voice to varying your tone and volume to express yourself better. Do you modulate your voice every time you speak?

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Previous Articles:
#1 Smile when you say something important
#2 Standing Tall

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Public Speaking Secrets – Speak & Grow Rich! #2

#2 Standing Tall

The language of the body has more impact than simply verbal communication. A very important aspect of this is posture. While presenting, how should you stand?

This appears quite simple, yet, I have found most people don’t stand straight while speaking or presenting. There is a tendency to incline towards one direction or the other. You may find yourself leaning towards your right, and then after a while you change that direction.

Standing tall fundamentally means standing straight. In fact, when you are standing straight you are at your tallest height. This posture also makes you look confident and more in control of your own movements.

The best way to check if you are standing tall, or not, is to get your speech or presentation video recorded. Watch yourself in the video later and see your posture. Are you standing tall?

Friday, 3 February 2017

Public Speaking Secrets – Speak & Grow Rich! #1

#1 Smile when you say something important

What a wonderful universal language this is! Smile and you can diffuse all the tension. Smile and you can win hearts. Smile and the audience will remember what you said while you were smiling.

Have you ever thought that we have such a simple yet highly powerful tool in the form of a smile? When I take my son out (he is 15 months young) he smiles at so many people. These are strangers in different places – parks, malls, museums – and they mostly smile back. His smile is infectious. I am sure they would remember that smile for some time.

Public Speaking is about connecting with your audience. Smiling brings positive energy to your speech. From a psychology perspective, when you are saying an important point make sure you give a smile, even a hint of a smile, and your audience will remember that point for a long time.

So, with all the great benefits of a smile, start that practice right now! Are you smiling?! :)