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3 Mindsets That Helped Me as a Public Speaker

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3 Mindsets That Helped Me as a Public Speaker
Even if it's you're first time, you can keep audiences engaged and feel more comfortable while presenting.

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Every person can be a good public speaker

Every person can be a good public speaker

Keep these things in mind:

  • People remember stories, not facts. Try to make your points through a story, rather than rattling off the facts.
  • Don't try to speak like everyone else. Your unique style is really an advantage. Speak the same way you would to a friend. Carry yourself the way you usually would, and don't try to censor yourself, like not allowing yourself to smile or laugh.
  • Being nervous can actually help you. It gives you adrenaline, focus, and the ability to perform at your highest level.

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Public speaking key points

Public speaking key points
  • Acoustics are the most important part of a speech delivery . Keep your voice clear and consistent to keep you audience engaged.
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Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

"The best book, like the best speech, will do it all – make us laugh, think, cry and cheer – preferably in that order."