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 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