Do you ever have to do any public speaking. I do almost every week, sometimes a few times a week. Even though I’ve been public speaking for a couple decades, and I would say I am comfortable with it, it still makes me a bit nervous and I’m on the look out for tips. The other day I found an article called, 5 speaking habits that make you seem smarter: How to sound confident — even when you’re not.
I’ve summarized the 5 habits but I recommend you give the article a look.
- Follow the “rule of three” – Make sure your presentation has three big, overarching lessons or pieces of key information.
- Use thoughtful body language – To use your hands effectively as a speaker, keep your gestures fluid and consider incorporating specific movements — like using your fingers to count when making lists.
- Control your pace – Carmine Gallo, author of Talk like TED, said the ideal rate of speech is about 190 words a minute for public speaking.
- Don’t “fill” — just pause – If you find yourself mindlessly interjecting filler phrases as you rehearse, practice stopping yourself before the words leave your lips — and using the moment for a short dramatic pause.
- Strike a natural, personal tone – “If the facial expression expresses one emotion, but if the tone conveys a different one, neural dissonance takes place in the brain.”
I hope you find these tips and the original article helpful.
So well presented with all being true. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. The jitters are good for us cuz they let us know we are still alive and not above the crowd.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” That’s my line!
LOL. I wish we could both take credit for such a powerful line but it is supposedly by Theodore Roosevelt. You know what they say though…. The first 3 times you quote someone you have to give them credit but after that it becomes ours, lol.
I like that. I heard it long ago and it just became part of my life.
It is interesting because I too use it often. In fact in my line of work I discovered it was the truth. The folks I worked with could see I cared and it is so rewarding to see people respond when they know they are cared about. So, keep using and practicing this great quote and I will start telling others you originated it, lol.
Ha ha. Another one I like is about listening – which is caring. It goes something like, when a person is listened to, it’s like they are being loved.
I like that one. I haven’t heard it before. It is the truth though isn’t it. Just listening to someone gives them comfort they have been heard and that they matter. Isn’t it something how in this world there are people that never get heard. The prisons were full of them and so often when listening to them they felt like you said… loved.
I will find it in my notes….