Whether you are giving a presentation for colleagues at work or at a national conference, teaching in front of a group of students, or giving a public lecture or talk, public speaking is a critical skill to master. Yes despite it being so important, public speaking consistently ranks as one of people’s top phobias.
Many people even fear public speaking more than death, in surveys at least. But it doesn’t have to be that way! In this blog post I present some of the many articles that provide tips and advice to help you reduce your anxiety. The list below showcases some of the public speaking articles that have helped me to become a better presenter and public speaker over the years.
1) How I Prepare Every Time
When making a presentation, author Tim Ferriss adopts the role of a teacher. In this way he ensures that his message gets across to his audience. His recommendations include drinking plenty of Diet Coke beforehand, taking a brisk walk on the morning of the speech and having fun and laughing as much as possible before and during the presentation. His preparation drill is fascinating! Read all about it here.
2) Public Speaking Tips from the World’s Best Speakers
This article, from the Speaker’s Life blog, cobbles together advice from the world’s top public speaking experts and delivers it in an easy-to-consume format. The advice is presented in categories, including sections on before and during the presentation.
3) Presentation Tips from the World Champion
Dananjaya Hettiarachchi survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and was crowned the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 2014. In this post he shares his expert advice for novice public speakers.
4) How to Get a Standing Ovation
Guy Kawasaki is no stranger to public speaking success having made his first speech almost 30 years ago! In this post he presents his 11 secrets for speaking success. His recommendation include focusing on something interesting to say, making a special effort to understand the audience, telling stories and lots more.
5) Public Speaking Tips for Introverts
Susan Cain believes that with effective preparation any introvert can and will become a brilliant and brave speaker. She outlines 10 simple tips to turn any presentation into a performance that an audience will remember. As always, preparation is key and this shines through in the article. Learn more here.
Over to You
That’s just the short list. If you have any additions or want to plug your own public speaking article please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!