Tips for the perfect speech
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.’’