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Tips for Speaking

  • Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
  • Know the audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
  • Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  • Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (“One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.

Keep your visual aids:

  • Visible
  • Simple
  • Colorful, but don’t let them upstage you
  • Justified by the content — not too many or too few slides

Toastmasters provides the tools that enable employees to become effective presenters and leaders – all at a very low cost. Toastmasters training helps employees and employers:

  • Give better sales presentations
  • Hone their management skills
  • Work better with fellow employees
  • Effectively develop and present ideas
  • Offer constructive criticism
  • Accept criticism more objectively
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