Hints and Tips – THINK Before You Speak!

Think about the subject of your speech, Think what research you will need to undertake, Think about the logical sequence, Think of the speech opening, body and close, Think of your timing, eye contact, body language, voice projection. Improving your presentation skills requires a great deal of Thinking!!

From Speakeasy 11 – February 2000

Hints and Tips – Plan Ahead and Arrive Early

When using Power Point or any other form of visuals for a speech, arrive at your club early and test the equipment. Don’t take chances that all will be OK, remember fail to plan and you plan to fail!

Bulbs blow on overhead projectors, laptops need the right connection, so give yourself time to set up. That way when you deliver your speech the equipment will not let you down and the audience will enjoy the presentation without any hiccups.

From Speakeasy 153 – August 2011

Hints and Tips – Beat the Butterflies

Have you ever wondered why some speakers seem cool, calm and collected when speaking in front of an audience? Does it make you feel you could never aspire to that level of confidence? Not so! Everyone of us who start speaking in any speakers club is nervous, it is part of the learning curve to master those nerves so that the ‘butterflies’ in your stomach are all flying in the same direction.

We all need some adrenalin rush, complacency and over confidence can be the downfall of any speaker. So work with your Mentor, gain evaluation feedback from other members apart from your named evaluator to enable you to find out what you have done well and the areas where you could improve.

From Speakeasy 138 – August 2010

Hints and Tips – Three Ps

When practicing and giving speeches, do remember the three ‘Ps, Pitch, Pace and Pause. Use voice modulation/pitch to keep your speech interesting, the right pace – not too fast, not too slow and finally pause, a second or two between points helps you to consider your next point and gives the audience time to assimilate what you have just said. Never use ‘em’ instead of a pause!

From Speakeasy 119 – January 2009

Hints and Tips – Ask Your Mentor

Don’t be afraid to ask your Mentor for assistance or for anything that will help you benefit from your membership of ESC. Remember, Mentoring is a two- way process where the Mentor provides guidance and help to a newer member and they also benefit from reviewing the Communications and Leadership Manuals.

From Speakeasy 27 – June 2001

Hints and Tips – Red Light Fever

When giving your speech do you find the red light comes on too early and that you still have a lot more that you could say? You need to go back to your preparation and once you have the speech ready, practice and time yourself several times, you may be amazed that you run over time.

Prepare yourself for cutting out parts of your speech – only you will know you have had to do this – and have your ending clear in your mind so that when you see the red light come on, you can move smoothly to your conclusion. Remember, time keeping is a very important aspect of ESC meetings.

From Speakeasy 16 – June 2000

Hints and Tips – Take a Breath

Whether you are going to stand up to give a speech, evaluation or topic, take a couple of deep breaths before you rise from your seat and a couple more as you walk to the stage. Make sure the stage is set how you want it so that you will be comfortable in front of the audience, pause, then begin. Speak calmly and watch your pitch, pace and pause so that you don’t speak too quickly or too slowly.

From Speakeasy 100 – June 2007

Hints and Tips – Practise in front of a mirror

Once you have your speech ready, practise in front of a mirror and record yourself. It may sound silly, but when you listen to your delivery you can hear where you can give more voice enhancement to bring your speech to life. You will also see how the timing is, if you are well over time start to cut the speech back. Remember, the audience does not know what you leave out, they only hear what you are saying.

Practising in front of a mirror will let you see whether you are stilted and how you can use gestures to aid your presentation.

Finally, practise in front of a family member or a friend, or better still in front of your Mentor.

From Speakeasy 129 – November 2009

HINTS AND TIPS – Show Courage in your footsteps!

How we walk on and off the stage will show our levels of confidence, and will help the audience see us in a positive light. From the moment we leave our seat until the moment we return to it, we are on show, and we can be purposeful for every second.

Try different ways of coming up on stage: slowly and thoughtfully; striding purposefully; dynamically and exuberantly. At the end of your speech stand and take the applause, shake hands assertively with the next speaker, and walk tall back to your seat.

Your body language needs to tell the world that you have done a great job on stage.

From Speakeasy 156 – February 2012