Tips for the per­fect speech

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WORK­ERS who can speak well in pub­lic have of­ten ditched the pre­sen­ta­tion lessons they learnt in school in or­der to en­gage more with their au­di­ence.

Per­sua­sive Pre­sen­ta­tions cor­po­rate trainer Sharon Fer­rier says many work­ers need to re­think their ap­proach when mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion, speak­ing up in a meet­ing or ad­dress­ing a group of co-work­ers.

Fer­rier pin­points the fol­low­ing dos and don’ts:

Hello, my name is Sa­muel and to­day I’m go­ing to talk to you about... ‘‘ In most cases, the au­di­ence will ei­ther know you al­ready or you have been in­tro­duced by some­one else,’’ she says. ‘‘ Make the most of your speech open­ing.’’

I’ll just un­fold my notes. ‘‘ Those of you who did de­bat­ing at school re­mem­ber writ­ing your speech out in full on palm cards,’’ she says.

In­stead Fer­rier rec­om­mends pre­par­ing a plan, writ­ing notes in point form and print­ing them out in size 16 font.

‘‘ You can now put them down on a ta­ble or on the lectern and walk away, know­ing they are highly vis­i­ble and are there if needed.’’ ■ I’ve pre­pared some slides! ‘‘ Fly­ing text, an­i­mated clip art, sound ef­fects and colours are fab­u­lous in grade five.

‘‘ Don’t do it in the cor­po­rate sec­tor or you will be re­mem­bered for your de­liv­ery and not your mes­sage.’’

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