7 Secrets of Powerful Public Speaking by cib68395


									                          Cindy’s 7 Speech Tips
1)   There are three inexpensive tools that you will find invaluable:
          Stop Watch           Recording Device             Full length mirror

2)   Whenever you think to yourself “that would make a great speech topic” write the
     idea down (or record it). Create a list of topic ideas and always be adding to it.

3)   Everything you learned in Writing/Composition class is true! Write all your thoughts
     down no matter how incomplete. Let your ideas flow regardless of how silly or
     insignificant they may seem. Organization comes after you have all your “ammunition”.

4)   Even though your speech is not a paper that you turn in to someone, it is very smart to
     create a footnote/source page. Also, keep every speech you create. As you progress
     through the manual you may want to revisit and expand upon a previous topic.

5)   Use stories, but do more than just tell a story, take your audience with you into the
     story. As an example:
             “I want to tell you about something that happened to me back in 1987 when I
             was a student at UMKC. This happened when I was sophomore. I royally
             embarrassed myself and I did it in front of my philosophy class which had
             about 100 students in it. I was . . .”
             “The year was 1987. I was a sophomore at UMKC and I will never forget my
             philosophy class because I royally embarrassed myself in front of about 100
             of my peers. I was. . .”

     The second example is much more captivating.

6)   Practice your speech in front of the full length mirror. How is your posture? How are
     your feet aligned (nothing like seeing yourself in a “duck” stance)? Are you taping
     your toes? Are you constantly touching your face, hair, or pulling an ear lobe? Are
     you smiling? There is little in this world that is as powerful as a smile! When you can
     speak to yourself and like what you are seeing, you can speak to anyone. Remember,
     we all have physical imperfections, ignore these and focus on the things you can fix.

7)   Time your speech. Fulfilling your allocated speech time is just as important as not
     going over your allocated speech time. If you are short, look for areas that you can
     make more engaging by adding “scenery”, i.e. engage the audience with words that
     allow them to see, feel, hear, taste, etc. your topic. If you are long, look for areas
     that don’t fully support your topic and cut them out.

Cindy Warmbrodt-Breaman ATM-B, CL

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