Manifest Idea as Image: leverage a variety of media to
convert ideas into powerful visual stories.
Make it visual - Communicate with images, do not have a
slideshow that is full of words that people read instead
of looking at you.
Slow Down. Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to
talk too fast. Consciously slow your speech down and
add pauses for emphasis.
Talk to the audience, not your shoes, not the projector,
not the wall, not your notes, not the front row. Smile,
make eye contact, talk with everyone. Show your
Be entertaining, speeches should be interesting and
informative. Have fun.
Feeling the urge to use presentation killers like ‘um,’
‘ah,’ ‘like’ or ‘you know’? Replace those with a pause
taking a short breath in. The pause may seem a bit
awkward, but the audience will barely notice it.
Project your voice. Nothing is worse than a speaker you
can no’t hear. Projecting your voice does no’t mean
yelling. Rather stand up straight and let your voice
resonate to produce a clearer sound.
Use a clear, minimum 30 point font. Make sure people in the
back of an auditorium can see it.
Tips to prepare:
• Slides are there to SUPPORT your presentation, you
should NOT just READ OFF your presentation.
• Use powerful pictures.
• Show passion, convince your audience!
• Practice. Practice. Practice.
• Try to complete your PowerPoint ASAP so you can
spend more time to practice the delivery.
• Manage your energy and your time.
• Be confident, put on a smile
Public Speaking Delivery Techniques:
• Posture: standing up tall with feet shoulder width apart.
• Pace: varying the speed of speaking so it is understandable and interesting
• Pacing: using the space provided in a deliberate manner and not wandering
aimlessly. Watch out for doing the two step.
• Eye Contact: locking eyes with various members of the audience (not a back
wall) and varying the group attention is devoted to in a casual and seemingly
• Gestures: using hand movements and body language in a way that enhances
the content, but is not distracting or overly dramatic
• Tone: speaking in a manner that is appropriate and attentive to the
demographic of the audience.
• Volume: projecting the voice (though not shouting) so that the sound reaches
the back of the room
• Voice: speaking in a pitch that is pleasant for the audience to listen to
• Cadence: controlling vocal inflection and varying it where appropriate