Public Speaking: Advice From Professional Speakers: Part II

Public Speaking Tips From Professional Speakers

Whether you give speeches as a Toastmaster, a public official, or a organizational leader, we believe you will profit from advice from professionals who get paid for speech making. Below are four more responses to the question, “What is the best speaking advice your coach ever gave you?”

“I was advised to pause for five seconds at strategic places in my presentation so audiences can absorb my points. To slightly tilt my head at poignant points. To walk to another spot for a clear reason, like to pick up a prop. If I have been in one spot for a long time and there isn’t a reason to move, I was told to turn and move very slowly to another place while still talking, and then firmly plant in that spot for a while. These are subtle and quietly powerful. I use them every time I speak.
–Jo Ann Canada is a professional speaker and workshop leader on innovation and creativity in business; www.motivationalspeakerandinnovationcreativityprofit.com

“I tell all my Toastmaster stories in my sales training classes. Now I weave them into the one-and two-day training-agenda content. Classes love them and it’s had a big impact on the class. It makes my evaluation scores higher and lets me practice the stories more.”
–Marty Mercer works with organizations that want to grow their sales with high-energy people delivering high-energy presentations. www. martymercer.com

“Leave them wanting more.”
–Tricia Molloy. Author of “Divine Wisdom at Work: 10 Universal Principles for Enlightened Entrepreneurs” www.triciamolloy.com

“Slooooow Doooown! Slowing my speaking pace has not only made the experience better for my audiences, it has helped me tremendously. I am able to formulate my thoughts more precisely and my audience gets the benefits of being able to mentally digest what I’m communicating.”
–Dez Thornton is a youth speaker and advocate on a quest to transform from “invisible to invincible.” www.desmondthornton.com

–excerpted with permission from the 2011 Spring Issue of “Georgia Speaker,” official publication of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association; President Wendy Kinney, Editor in Chief Kelly Vandever

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