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Confidence is essential, even though often you don’t have much control of how you feel inside when you have to speak. A calm appearance enhances credibility, and make people want to hear what you say, and what you will say next.
How confident you appear to others though, is something that is easier to control. If your hands are shaking because of nerves, putting them in your pocket is a beneficial action you can do to appear more confident.
But today what we would like to practise on how to speak slowly and deliberately. It’s based on an highly-recommended exercise by an Improv Theatre guru, Marian Rich.
Powerpoint is usually responsible for making a good speaking horribly. When you use Powerpoint as a place to think and write your talk, it’s not surprising to see that it often results in many slides filled with bullet points. After all, that’s your speech outline right there.
The one tip we will suggest will be to save that speech outline slides as a distribution only slides, and only to be given to people who can’t attend your talk. You should then create another slide deck that extends your speech outlines to slides that will support your presentations.
These slides will not be able to stand without you, but it’s ok. You are the star of your presentation.
The act of rehearsing is different to the act of thinking. Whether you think while speaking or while writing, you can still choose the method on how you practice your speech.
Once you have written your talk, you have a choice of memorising your speech line-by-line or improvising on the outline.
Speaking on the spot is difficult. Some of the best speakers always have a structure in their head to get through challenging questions. Today, we will go through creating outlines for two of the most common speaking opportunities at work: speaking in status updates and in meetings where decisions get made.