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- 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: - keeping your shoulders ....
- Speeches - don't allow yourse ....
THE GOLDEN RULE ABOUT GESTURES IS THAT THEY SHOULD ONLY...
The golden rule about gestures is that they should only be used to illustrate a remark; they should never be meaningless. Above all avoid the laundry mangle action-that is the tendency to move one arm round and round from the diaphragm as you speak.
Illustrations of mangle action can be seen all too often on Sky and films when speakers insist on waving their hands and arms about in this meaningless fashion and it quite definitely distracts from the speech.
You will find, as you warm to your subject that you may start making spontaneous gestures. These are natural so do not attempt to alter them. Let them come. The only time you need interfere is when they are coming too frequently.
Remember that the British as a nation do not like a lot of demonstrativeness, and if you find that your hands and arms are moving about too much you must control them. Finally, consider your eyes. Do not look at the ceiling; do not look at the floor.
Look at the audience-at the back of the audience for preference. A good tip is to look at one particular member of the audience and speak as if you were speaking to him alone.
Only, change your listener from time to time.
The unwavering stare of the speaker for more than a minute or so at a time will probably reduce the strongest person to a feeling of mild hysteria. If you are speaking from notes, learn to take them in with an occasional quick glance downward, preferably during a pause. All these details of posture can be practised beforehand and although they may sound complex at first reading, you will find that they very quickly become automatic and that you fall into the habit of 'standing up' correctly almost without thinking. Some Good Advice Don't forget to breathe Speaking, like singing, requires correct breathing.
The first rule is simply that you should stand straight and take as much air into your lungs as you can, and never exhaust them completely.