Nervous? How to Calm Down Before a Presentation

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.

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How to Be a More Expressive Speaker to Better Relay Your Message

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.

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Humorous Speech: 14 Tips to Leave Them Rolling in the Aisles

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!

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How to Give an Award Acceptance Speech to Thank, Inspire and Impress

Let’s say you got nominated for an award and now you have to give an acceptance speech. It’s pretty important to give a good speech, no matter what you’re being awarded for. Looking good doesn’t hurt either!

So, how do you give a good acceptance speech for your award? First off, you should ask yourself what message you would like to convey to your audience.
Generally, an acceptance speech provides the speaker with an opportunity to not only thank the individuals who helped you win the award but also highlight ideas and issues that you care about and even inspire people to do something even bigger.

Which is why it’s important that you don’t mess up.

Writing a good speech, any kind of speech, requires a lot of time and preparation, in order to ensure that you are well prepared and have included any important details that you would prefer to not leave out.

Here are a few practical tips on how you can draw up your award acceptance speech.

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What is a Toastmasters Meeting Like? Guide for First Timers.

If you’ve belonged to Toastmasters International for any length of time, you know the drill at club meetings.

You look forward to the familiar rhythm and flow of these events. And, you become practiced in fulfilling different meeting roles, and enjoy taking part in standard agenda items like Table Topics.

Joining other club members as an active participant at meetings gives you a warm glow and a sense of achievement.

But, if it’s your first time attending a Toastmasters meeting, you can be forgiven for finding the experience a bit of a whirlwind!

There’s definitely a lot going on!
While no two clubs run their meetings exactly alike, there’s enough commonality. Here’s the run down on what typically happens at these weekly or bi-weekly gatherings.

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14 Types of Speeches for All Occasions that You Should Master

Any person can give a speech, which means it’s not hard, right? Technically, it isn’t hard, but, to give a good speech, you need to not only have a general understanding of your audience and your environment but also master the skill of speech-giving to ensure that your speech is effective in relaying your message.

To do this, you will need to learn more about the different types of speeches that exist and in what context each is used. This will help you choose the right speech type that works for you as well as the one that fits the message that you want to put across to your audience.

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Toastmasters Club Officer Positions [EXCO]: Roles and Responsibilities

If you’re new to Toastmasters, there’s certainly a lot to learn about the organization.

Toastmasters was founded almost 100 years ago and is still going strong. Incredibly, today there are over 16,400 clubs in 14 currently around the world.

It’s not just all about becoming a better public speaker when you join Toastmasters. Granted, this is a significant learning objective and often the first reason many people sign up with a local club.

There are those of us with an absolute fear of speaking before an audience. Others may actually enjoy giving speeches but want to become better at it.

Public speaking aside, the other big benefit to being a Toastmaster is that you learn leadership skills.

More that 5,000 clubs are corporate clubs – a fact that attests to how invaluable the organization has become to help grow leaders in many different industries.

Like any membership association, each individual Toastmasters club relies on a well-functioning executive to keep it running smoothly and growing. Serving on the executive is one of the best ways for participants to acquire leadership competency.

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How to Write a Demonstrative Speech (An Instructional Process)

Depending on one’s life and activities, we all have tasks that should be completed every single day, no matter how mundane or difficult they may be. But what if there are tasks that you are required to carry out but have no clue how to? This is where demonstrative speeches come in.

These are basically “how to” speeches that outline and elaborate different ways to complete a particular task. These informative speeches are very common, especially in high school and college and are also very necessary in environments that require training, such as the corporate world.

Demonstrative speeches usually give a step-by-step process on how to do a specific task, which is then followed up with explanations and any additional information that may be needed to carry out that task. Having some visual aids that help demonstrate the steps required to achieve the task also goes a long way in providing context to your audience.

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Preparation: How to write a Speech Outline (with Examples)

You have been chosen to give a speech on a particular topic and you reckon that you’re a good speech writer. However, without a good speech outline, your speech lacks the proper skeleton to put meat on. See, a speech outline is to a speech what a blueprint is to an unconstructed building.

So, how do you develop a good speech outline? First, break it down into small steps as this will make it easier for you to prioritize your ideas and organize them in the right order before you add more details to them.

Below are steps that will enable you to write an effective speech outline for your presentation.

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The Definitive Guide on Structuring a Speech and Presentation

You probably are a good speaker who writes good content.

However, not having your speech structured properly may make it hard for your audience to not only understand each point you are trying to put across but also the gist of your whole speech.

A well-structured speech not only prevents your audience from getting lost but also assists your audience in understanding your message.

Without a proper structure, your speech will have no sense of direction, which will leave your audience scattered on the main points you would like to put across.

Note: Research has shown that audiences tend to retain structured information 40% more precisely than unstructured information.

To begin with, you first need to draw up a speech outline.

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