Hints and Tips – Next?

If you have just completed a speech, is the outline for your next speech ready for you to start working on? It always pays to be thinking ahead so that you will be ready when called on to speak again. From Speakeasy 79 – October 2005

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]