Public Speaking Video Tips

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Public Speaking Video Tips

Watch and listen to Public Speaking Video Tips by expert public speaking coach, Geraldine Barkworth.

3 Minute Video Tips

I’ve made these 3 minute-ish videos to provide a quick overview of how to use your body to help you and your audience relax and feel connected to one another when you speak. Most of us prefer to learn by watching and doing, rather than passively reading. And public speaking is a “doing” activity involving all the senses.

These videos are deliberately home-made, fun and informal to show how public speaking practise in your lounge room easily transitions to a public space.

4 Public Speaking Tips For Shy & Silent Types

Shy & Silent Are Often Scintillating

There’s no need to put on a show and be something you are not. If you prefer silence and listening but do need to speak up in groups, use these 4 skills to your advantage: be succinct without fluff, use a simple structure to hold your thoughts in place, invite questions so you can be targeted in your reply and use gestures and props to “speak for you”. Unnecessary words bore.

How To Manage Speaking Nerves Simply By Breathing

Restore Inner Calm In… 1,2,3

So many techniques to manage speaking nerves which one is best for you? I recommend you try a variety because everyone is different. The main one I teach clients is called Inner Calm and I explain it in this video.

Why Relaxed Eyes Makes You A Better Speaker

Many People Feel Uncomfortable with Eye Contact

Imagine your eye balls are swinging in hammocks… remarkably, relaxed eyes sends a message to your brain that it’s ok for your whole body to relax; there is no threat. Making your eyes soft, available and relaxed lets your audience know that you are confident and so they relax too. A relaxed audience means a listening audience.

End Well:Why A Strong Exit Makes You A Memorable Speaker

Speaking Is Giving & Receiving

Ever given a compliment to someone, only to have it diminished or ignored? Doesn’t feel too good does it? Ending your talk in a rush, a whisper or not accepting applause and acknowledgement from listeners is diminishing both to you and them. End well and prepare the ground for your next conversation together.

Why Making An Entrance Is Important When You Speak

An Entrance is More Than A Boa Feather Flourish!

Making an entrance is about taking the time to establish a genuine connection with your audience, an invitation not an imposition. It may be high or low impact, either way, your presence is required, not a card board cut out. Engage your listeners from your entrance and they will come with you. Follow it up with relevant content and they’ll stay.

Pause Power: Slow Down And Pause Frequently

Slowing Down is The Best Tip Ever

It’s true! When you slow down and pause, people can hear you, understand you, have time to think about and relate to what you just said. When you rush along focussed on your own agenda, listeners may still be considering your Point A when you’ve rushed ahead to Point C, D, and E. Slow down. I’m talking quality, not quantity.

Sitting Versus Standing: How To Position Yourself When You Speak

Sit For Intimacy, Stand For Command

Should I sit or stand when I speak? This is a surprisingly frequent question. There are no rules, but as a guideline, consider the space, audience, message and your personal style. Listen to your instinct as well to determine what is appropriate and “feels right.”

Look At Me!

You Don’t Need To Be Over The Top To Generate Attention

I had fun making this video with an excessive number of props to keep up the “Look At Me, Me, Me” theme! My main message is to ask you to consider the needs of your audience first, make what’s in it for them (WIFM), really clear. Take the attention off yourself and what you want (their attention), and instead transfer it to them. Make your talk about them, and you will hold their attention.

Are You A Rabbit In The Headlights?

How To Stop Yourself From Freezing

Freezing is one of the normal physiological responses to perceived threat. And it can be a good thing when you are in genuine danger. When it comes to public speaking, move your body to unfreeze yourself. This may be as simple as taking a sip of water, looking into some one’s eyes for a moment or verbally acknowledging what’s happened. Generally, a freeze looks like a pause, to the audience. It feels worse than it looks. Move on and find your flow again.

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