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Fear of public speaking, or glossophobia, can be debilitating.
Those who have spoken publicly with success or viewed a well-given talk will tell you that preparation is the key to overcoming it.
If the thought of speaking in front of a room full of people doesn’t make you weak in the knees, being prepared can enhance your speech and make your words more powerful. Success can lead to an lasting impression that can influence audiences in profound ways.
What do nearly all TED Talks have in common? They’re well presented.
With that in mind, there are a few do’s and don’ts that every communicator should follow when prepping for a presentation. Consider these:
1. Grab your audience’s attention starting with your first sentence.
2. Pick the right words to impart your message.
3. Maintain positive eye contact.
4. Use props when appropriate.
1. Talk too fast or too slow.
2. Read from your slides.
3. Use “um” or other filler words.
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For more on public speaking best practices, along with a fantastic guide to presenting, check out the infographic below from Walkerstone: