2. Slow Down – Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to talk much too fast. Deliberately slow it all down and use pauses for emphasis.
3. Eye Contact – Make eye contact with everyone in the room. Deliver an entire thought to one person before moving on to do the same with the next.
4. Tell stories and make them personal. Your audience will hang off your every word if you spin a yarn to make your point.
5. Project Your Voice – Use your diaphragm to breathe deeply and send your voice out a metre or so in front of you. Nothing is worse than a speaker you can’t hear. Projecting your voice doesn’t mean yelling but it does mean standing up straight and opening up your airways.
6. Walk a mile in their shoes – When writing your speech, see it from the audiences perspective. Always view it from their perspective and remember WIIFM (What’s in it for me) is the most listened to radio station in the world!
7. Enjoy the experience. Have fun and be passionate about your presentations. Enthusiasm is contagious.