You may be called upon at least once in your life to give a talk or presentation in your community, lead a meeting or deliver a lecture.
As our focus today will be on how to give a Ted talk, venturing a bit into the Ted background may help us understand what it entails.Continue reading
There are occasions when you may be asked to say a few words to commemorate an event or a person. Giving a speech at such an occasion, especially if the mood is festive, would not only be entirely unwelcome and a bore but also not appropriate for the context.
So, what can you do? Give a toast of course!
By definition, proposing a toast involves wishing a person or people future success, happiness and health and asking others to raise their glasses and join in a drink.
Toasts are diverse in that they can be given at retirement parties, awards dinners, weddings, birthdays, thanksgiving ceremonies and engagement parties, among others.
They can be made over festive beverages such as wine, sparkling cider or champagne, as well as any other beverages.
If you are ever called upon to share a few words to add a personal touch to any social gathering, here are a few tips to help you propose a toast that will not only mark the special occasion but also be memorable.Continue reading
Giving a speech doesn’t sound like a hard task, but this doesn’t mean that it’s a simple undertaking. Did you know that about 75% of the world’s population suffers from the fear of public speaking, which is commonly referred to as glossophobia? If you’re reading this, you probably do too.
So, what’s a smart way to help you handle this fear and deliver a good speech at the same time?
Memorizing your speech!
Memorizing a speech and no, I don’t mean cramming, allows you to give your presentation in a way that makes you feel and seem confident while also connecting with your audience. There’s a catch though, you need to memorize your speech in a way that makes it seem like you didn’t memorize it.
This will ensure that the speech feels and sounds natural as you present it, even though you may have practiced it a few hundred times. Memorizing a speech also prevents you from avoiding eye contact with your audience while you keep looking down at your notes, which makes you seem unprepared and unengaged.
Below, we look at a few steps that could help you memorize and give your speech.Continue reading
For many people, talking in front of a crowd is bound to elicit some jittery feelings. Nervousness, like many other feelings, may affect how you give your presentation which could, in turn, affect the quality of your presentation.
The most common way nervousness presents itself is through rushed speaking. You may not mean to do it but it does happen, which is totally understandable if you ask me, or anyone who gets jittery right before a presentation.
So, how do you ensure that your audience gets to hear all the words you utter, understand them and ultimately, remember them? By speaking slower of course!
To help with this, we’ve compiled a few tips that may be beneficial not only to you but also to your audience. You may also find these tips to be useful if you’re naturally a fast talker.Continue reading
When you introduce yourself at the start of a presentation, it’s the first opportunity that audience members have to meet you formally. So, you should give them the best impression that you can.
It’s critical, at this point, to establish a strong connection with participants that will encourage them to hear you out.
Audiences are known to judge a speaker quite quickly!
The moment you open your mouth, they’re deciding whether they’re going to like what you have to say or if there’s something else they’re rather spend their evening doing.
If it’s the latter, they’ll look for a chance to make a speedy exit as unobtrusively as possible – like when the lights dim so that you can show your first slide, for example.
Here’s how to woo watchers and keep them in their seats with an effective personal introduction.Continue reading
When delivering a speech, how do you ensure the audience understands what you mean while also sounding confident, intelligent and articulate all at the same time? Let’s break it down below.
So, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of somebody who’s articulate?
Is it how they command a stage with an audience made up of thousands of individuals or just somebody who has mastery over how they use language, to help them communicate their message in a way that is both effective and persuasive?
While commanding an audience made up of thousands is no easy feat, it doesn’t really make you more articulate in public speaking.Continue reading
Speaking in front of an audience may be a challenge to many, as it may make them nervous or induce anxiety. In fact, the term glossophobia was coined to describe the fear of speaking in public, and many experts believe that up to 73% of the world’s population is affected by this phobia!
The good news is, there are various ways you can use to calm your nerves before going on stage to give a speech or presentation.
However, while these ways may help in the short run, a good way to completely rid yourself of the jitters would be to get to the root cause of exactly why you get nervous or anxious every time you are about to give a presentation.Continue reading
When giving a speech, how do you ensure that you relay your message to your audience not only through your words but also your facial expressions and gestures? By being more expressive of course!
It may be hard to address an audience, especially if it’s a sea of new faces and you see no familiar ones in the audience. However, being expressive is a good way to not only make your delivery more interesting and effective but also help the audience understand you better.
So today, we will be looking at different ways to make you a more expressive speaker.Continue reading
Have you every been thoroughly entertained by someone giving a humorous speech? Maybe you enjoy watching stand-up comedians on stage.
Laughter is a definite stress reliever – one of the best medicines, as the saying goes!
People love to laugh. Whether it’s improv, observational, word play, dark humour or something else, there are may ways to see levity in the world we live in.
And, there are many ways to deliver a funny presentation.
In Toastmasters, learning how to give a humorous speech is going to be one of the most gratifying adventures you’ll have as a member.
So, take heart, even if you’re not a natural, you can be that person on stage getting the laughs!
Let’s get started by looking at the prep work.
There’s no feeling like it, and you’ll be hooked!Continue reading
If you’ve learned anything about speech writing, you’ll know that there’s a recommended formula to use in designing the best presentation.
Essentially, your talk should have a short opening where you engage your audience, a middle part where you coherently cover the details of your speech topic and an ending that neatly sums everything up.
Remember, people have come to hear you talk when there are definitely other ways that they could be spending their time.
They’re looking to be entertained, or moved in some way. They want to leave the room better informed, educated and possibly curious to study more about your subject.
Therefore, you owe it to your listeners to put together the best presentation that you can – that includes a dynamite finish that they’ll reflect on afterwards.
Let’s take a closer look at how to approach the task. We’ll begin by discussing what not to do.Continue reading