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  • 1. Public Speaking &Presentation SkillsMaria Shibaeva (Canada) & Matthew Littlejohn (Australia)Rotaract Preconvention 2012
  • 2. Welcome!Rtr. Maria Shibaeva – InternationalService Director, Rotaract Club ofToronto, Canada, RID 7070Rtr. Matthew Littlejohn – InternationalService Director, Rotaract Club ofSouthport, Australia, RID 9640.
  • 3. WhyPublic Speaking?
  • 4. Know Your MaterialPick a topic you are interested in. Knowmore about it than you include in yourspeech.Use humor, personal stories andconversational language – that wayyou won’t easily forget what to say.
  • 5. 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 & any questions.
  • 6. Know the AudienceGreet some of the audience membersas they arrive.It’s easier to speak to a group of friendsthan to strangers.Think about what the audience is thereto hear – make sure your speech isrelevant.
  • 7. Know the RoomArrive early, walk around the speakingarea and practice using themicrophone and any visual aids.Find out ahead of time whatequipment and technology will beavailable.
  • 8. RelaxBegin by addressing the audience. Itbuys you time and calms your nerves.Pause, smile and count to three beforesaying anything. ("One one-thousand,two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.)Transform nervous energy intoenthusiasm.
  • 9. Visualize yourself giving theSpeech Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
  • 10. Realize that people wantyou to succeedAudiences want you to be interesting,stimulating, informative andentertaining. They’re on your side.
  • 11. Don’t apologizeIf you make a mistake, just keep going– the audience probably won’t evennotice it.Use pauses to gather your thoughts.
  • 12. Focus on the message, notthe mediumFocus your attention away from yourown anxieties.Concentrate on your message andyour audience.Use a logical structure to keep themessage on track and flowing.
  • 13. Gain experienceMainly, your speech should representyou — as an authority and as a person.Experience builds confidence, which isthe key to effective speaking.Take every opportunity to gainexperience: your Rotaract/Rotary club,universities, birthdays, weddings,anywhere!
  • 14. Final Thoughts Public Speaking is a learned skill that can be practiced and improved. Use the smaller opportunities to practice for larger ones – e.g. giving presentations to your club will help prepare for giving examples at Preconvention. Enjoy!!