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There's a lot of good research that suggests that we project influence and status on people who aren't fidgeting around a lot when they are talking to people.
Find your center, perhaps with a breathing exercise or five minutes of meditation to calm the inner storm, and prepare.
When there's an intense underlying emotion beneath the desire to communicate something, we tend to hyper-express a messy tangle of words that fail to capture what we're really trying to say.
Tape your next presentation or meeting to see where you're missing the mark, and get somebody to give you feedback.
Keep at it. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush were considered blazingly bad public speakers at first, but dramatically and steadily improved with continued practice.
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Leading up to the big speech at the end of the film, King George and his coach rehearsed over and over again–out loud!
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King George likely couldn’t help but feel he would never measure up to the likes of legendary orator Winston Churchill.
Have faith in your voice. The key is to develop one’s own style, also known as your “authentic voice.” That “authentic voice” will connect well with an audience.
King George VI’s success was assured as soon as he made the decision to work hard to become a more effective speaker.
One of the most important keys to improving is simple determination. If you’re serious about improving, you must speak regularly – at least once a week.
Or at least don't make them the star of the show.
You are the star. Your slides are your aides--your backup singers. Use them intermittently.
Keep the nature of the occasion in mind as you prepare your message. Every situation and audience is different.
Don't be tone-deaf. Your antennae must be sensitive to the need for formality or informality, seriousness or humor, words that work and words that won't.
There's no correlation between the length of a talk and its impact.
Have a good beginning, a strong ending, and put the two as close together as possible.