- Write your own mini-biography to send or hand to whoever is introducing you
- Know who you're talking to
- A handout of some sort (business only)
- Prepare. The better prepared you are, the more you'll be able to make your talk sound less formal and friendly
- Give your audience the big picture in your introduction
- Aim for a balance of emotional and rational
- Humor is almost always welcome (not rude or too personal)
- Practice modulating your voice (up and down, no squeaks)
- Practice in front of friends (honest feedback please)
- Make eye contact with your audience
- Speech Making Explained: - do you want people ....
- Speeches - intemperance in talk make ....
DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SPEAK WELL OF YOU? THEN...
Do you want people to speak well of you? Then do not speak at all of yourself. - Pascal. As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.-Demosthenes.
Be sure to leave other men their turns to speak. - Bacon. I don't care where the water goes if it Afterdoesn't get into the wine.-Chesterton. Useful Quotations 10 No speech ever uttered or utterable is worth comparison with silence.
- Carlyle. He had only one vanity; he thought he could give advice better than any other person.- Twain.
No fools are so troublesome as those who have some wit.-La Rouchefoucauld. It is true that we are creatures of circumstances, but circumstances are also, in a great measure, the creatures of us.-Lord Lytton. Remember what Simonides said-that he never repented that he had held his tongue, but often that he had spoken.-Plutarch. It is a sad thing when men have neither wit to speak well nor judgement to hold their tongues.-La Bruyere.