Tag Archives: body language

What public speakers can learn from comic books

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Balancing stillness and energy

Getting your body language right will vastly enhance your public speaking. Stillness and energy are both vital but they need to be carefully balanced. Continue reading

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Public speaking is like teaching

I’m surprised how many teachers, fearless when surrounded by potentially hostile teenagers, are terrified at the idea of addressing a group of adults. Teaching skills are fundamental to successful public speaking, so if you’re a teacher worried about public speaking, … Continue reading

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How to bury your message

Leaving aside the distasteful aspects of the suggestion that September 11th 2001 was, as the memo has been paraphrased, “a good day to bury bad news“, this is a concept I often think about when I’m attending a presentation. I … Continue reading

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Self-reflection: reasons not to rehearse your speech or presentation in front of a mirror

Practising public speaking in front of a mirror is a bad idea. The concept is flawed because it focuses you on precisely the wrong thing: yourself. If you’re nervous, talking to the mirror will only make it worse, as you … Continue reading

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Match the size of your performance to the size of the audience

In many ways, public speaking is public speaking, whether you’re addressing 5,000 delegates at a conference or pitching for business to a meeting of five potential clients. The practical and psychological preparation required in both cases is pretty much the … Continue reading

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Attack is the best form of defence

The author AL Kennedy got me thinking this morning with her episode of A Point of View on Radio 4 about embracing change. In it, she says, “[L]ucky and happy people… know real security involves a degree of exposure” and … Continue reading

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