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Public Speaking Tips for May

May 26, 2022

Preparation is Key to Giving a Memorable Presentation

If you want to give an effective and memorable speech, writes Jim Anderson in The Accidental Communicator blog, you must arrive early, know your key point, memorize the opening and closing, practice, and time yourself. In other words: Be prepared!

Also from The Accidental Communicator: How to use social media to test out ideas, improve your oratory (by adopting its informal language), and get feedback.

5 Body Language Tips – Arms and Hands

When you give a presentation, you want to come across as authentic and relaxed. Much of that is conveyed through body language, particularly what you do with your arms and hands. The Speaking Savvy blog offers five things to do with your arms and hands during a presentation.

Blind Speaker Uses “Mind Vision”

Toastmaster and motivational speaker W.C. “Bobby” Blackmon lost his eyesight at the age of five, but he didn’t let that stop him from conquering a plethora of additional challenges throughout his life. Learning braille. Playing the trumpet. Writing poetry. Shot put, track, and wrestling. In this edition of the Toastmasters Podcast, Blackmon explains how he harnesses “mind vision” to accomplish big goals.

Improve Your Oratory Skills With These Exercise

Oratory is a skill, and just like any skill, it takes time and practice to develop and improve your techniques. From controlling your breath to recording yourself and even talking to a wall, here are several exercises from Ace The Presentation that can help you improve your public speaking.