Be a Better Public Speaker in 2013

January 8, 2013

Career Advice

Be a better public speakerYou’re not the CEO, so why would you need to give a speech? Well, we’re not talking about speeches, but we are talking about talking. In any position, you’ll need to address your coworkers in meetings, discuss your career path with your boss, and possibly event present to upper management. Talking is crucial. Here’s how to impress even the best:

1. Plan
Before your next meeting, write down a few talking points at the very least. If you know you’ll be presenting an idea or discussing the state of a project, it’s best to be prepared and be ready to acknowledge any concerns or questions. And even if you’re just piping up in a meeting, think twice before you speak. If you only speak when you have something intelligent to add to the conversation, you’re coworkers will listen attentively.

2. Practice
If you’ve planned a few talking points ahead of time, read them out loud. That might mean you have to bring work home one night or close the door to a meeting room. But saying thoughts out loud is much different than studying them on paper. After hearing the words spoken out loud – maybe even ask one person to sit in as your audience – you’ll refine your talking points to become even better.

3. Perfect
Join or start a Toastmasters group over the lunch hour at your company. If a public speaking club sounds terrible to you, then you’re a perfect fit. Toastmasters was designed as a “learn-by-doing” workshop for beginners. You’ll start by giving a speech on something easy like yourself or one of your hobbies. Before you know it, you’ll feel comfortable speaking in front a small group of people.

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