The Power of the Pause

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Pause for Effect—Because It Works

One of the most effective public speaking skills you can master is the pause: knowing when to use it and how long to hold it. The power of the pause is in its ability to both punctuate your message and keep your audience on the edge of their seats.

In speaking, pauses […]

Captivating Your Audience: Grab Them Right From the Start

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Captivate Your Audience in Less Than 15 Seconds
I’m guilty of being a channel surfer. I can’t tell you how long it takes me to decide whether or not the channel I’ve landed on has something worth watching. Maybe 10 seconds? A minute? Five minutes?

Click. Next channel. Click. Click.

It probably doesn’t take anyone five minutes. Either […]

How To Speak On Camera Like a Pro

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Speaking In Front Of A Camera: Get Used To It
During our Public Speaking Training workshops, it’s standard practice for us to set up a camera and videotape every presentation given by our attendees. We do this for a couple of reasons: First, our feedback is more meaningful when workshop participants can see what we see. […]

Interact With Your Listeners: Step Out of Yourself and Join The Audience

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Interacting With Your Audience is Important

The thing about a terrific business presentation is you aren’t even aware it’s a business presentation. Obviously, if the purpose of the meeting is to pitch an idea or deliver the results of the most recent fiscal quarter, everyone knows why you’re there. But when you can put together a […]

Calm Your Public Speaking Nerves

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Stay Calm While You’re Speaking
Thousands of people pass through our Public Speaking Classes workshops each year and the majority of them aren’t just nervous about public speaking, it terrifies them. They’re scared of messing up; they’re scared they’ll look foolish; they’re scared something will go wrong and their presentation will be ruined.

Let’s just put it […]

Why You Need Good Public Speaking Posture (Infographic)

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The Correct Posture for Public Speaking Matters
It may not seem like a big deal, but a person’s posture can play a pretty significant role in their public speaking abilities. Those who have trained with us know we put a huge emphasis on body language and non-verbal communication, and good public speaking posture is a part […]

Need a Great Quote for Public Speaking?

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Give These Great Quotes About Success a Try
As a public speaker, your job is to present a message that captures your audience’s attention and holds on to it right through to the end. A great, well-placed quote can add humor, intensity, and emotion, and sometimes the best quotes about life are pretty relevant for the […]

Using Gestures Effectively During Public Speaking

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Gestures Are Important to Get Your Message Across
One important way to help your audience understand what you’re trying to say is through hand gestures. That may seem like a strange thing to say—after all, if your message is clear it’s the words you use that should relay your point, right?

That’s true, but keeping in mind […]

Eliminating Filler Words from Your Vocabulary

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Filler Words Are Speech Killers
Okay so…like…filler words are…umm…awful, you know?

It’s probably safe to say we all fall victim to filler words from time to time, especially when we’re feeling nervous or uncertain. And few people are as nervous and uncertain as when they have to get up and speak.

But have you noticed just how many […]

3 Reasons Why Public Speaking Isn’t As Scary as You Think

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Public Speaking Anxiety Is Common
Ask just about anyone and they could probably give you a list as long as their arm of things they’d rather do than get up in front of an audience and talk. Public speaking anxiety affects an estimated three-quarters of the population and not many bother learning how to get over […]