Speaking in front of people can be a rewarding and engaging experience, but it can also be terrifying. Public speaking doesn't have to be traumatic, however, if you remember a few simple steps. Keep these tips in the back of your mind as you prepare for your next public presentation.
1. Be confident and enthusiastic
You've been asked to speak in front of others because you know something about the subject at hand. Those that invited you to speak already have confidence in your ability, so be confident in yourself. You know the subject and have been successful with it so be sure to be enthusiastic about your work. It's fun for an audience to listen and engage with someone who is excited about the subject at hand.
2. Have a solid take-away
If an audience member were to sum up your speech in 30 seconds, what would she say? Figure out exactly what you want the audience to walk away remembering and use that as a starting point to craft your speech.
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