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Effective public speaking: Preparation is key!

  1. 1. Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />1<br />An updated presentation on introduction to public speaking, which <br />was originally delivered to young professionals and college students in a seminar in July, 2010. <br />By: Kam Hashim<br />kam@kamhashim.com<br />Boston, MA<br />
  2. 2. Understanding public speaking essentials; Don’t let stage fright ruin your speech!<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />2<br />Public Speaking Seminar<br />
  3. 3. Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />3<br />You are asked to introduce the person sitting on your right. Please spend no more than 3 minutes learning about the person and you will be required to stand up and introduce the person to all participants.<br /> <br />Exercise: Introduction by fellow participant<br />
  4. 4. Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />4<br />Imagine, you’ve been invited to hold a presentation about your work project in front of the company’s president and other management team--how do you prepare for such an important task? <br />Having a stage fright or feeling nervous when you get up on the podium to deliver a talk is nothing unusual. How do you control speaking anxiety? <br /> <br />Overview<br />
  5. 5. What we want to accomplish in this seminar?<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />5<br />This seminar will help participants to:<br />Understand basic principles of effective public speaking <br />Learn practical tips to prepare a speech and control stage fright<br />Practice a solo presentation to identify strengths and weaknesses<br />
  6. 6. Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />6<br />Whether you are a student, a professional, or an entrepreneur, acquiring good public speaking skills is important. <br />Having eloquence, poise, straight-to-the-point delivery style, and easy-to-understand content in your presentation have far greater benefits than just producing an awesome rhetoric but they also help foster better relationship with your classmates, employers, customers and others.<br />Public speaking and communications go hand in hand.<br />Importance of public speaking skills<br />
  7. 7. Types of speeches/presentations<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />7<br />In general there are 3 most popular and basic forms of speeches: <br />Informative <br />Special occasion <br />Persuasive <br />Others (entertainment and impromptu/spontaneous) <br />Additional note: <br />One way presentation vs. two-way<br />
  8. 8. Preparing for a public speech/presentation<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />8<br />Key areas should be considered are:<br />General scope of the speech (understand time, place, audiences, goals)<br />Communications skills (use right language, non-verbal communications)<br />Subject/Topic (knowledge about subject a must, spend time research topic)<br />Audiences (get demographic info, know what they want, anticipate questions)<br />Speech goals (develop personal goals will build confidence)<br />Content (create & organize content efficiently, appropriate number of points)<br />Delivery (rehearse, clarity, professional style, use visual aid/tools, illustrate personal experiences, call for action)<br />Feedback (post presentation)<br />
  9. 9. Basic speech content format<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />9<br />Common anatomy of a speech:<br />Salutations (appropriately address host, honorable/special guests, other audiences)<br />Opening (ask question, statistics, dramatic statement)<br />Content (time allocated, type of speech, include examples)<br />Conclusion (sum up key points, and credits)<br />Feedback (get response from audiences)<br />
  10. 10. Common pitfalls and disadvantages<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />10<br />Poor communications skills <br />Unnecessary, inappropriate emotions (overly excited, laugh uncontrollably, bad jokes, yawning)<br />Unprepared (missing speech notes)<br />Memorizing speech word for word (not recommended)<br />Noise (setting interruptions, technical failure)<br />Lack of confidence<br />
  11. 11. Tips to control stage fright<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />11<br />Do not over think your speech<br />Do not rush into speech (take time to make eye contact with the audiences; pause, stretch prior to delivery)<br />Begin speech with friendly greetings (humor if appropriate)<br />Be confident (not over confident)<br />Practice, practice, practice (i.e. emphasis on difficult words, names, practice key examples)<br />
  12. 12. Exercise<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />12<br />You are asked to spend 3-4 minute to talk about one of the following topics:<br />To introduce a keynote speaker at graduation ceremony<br />To encourage donation for a good cause<br />A scary experience in my life<br />See “Evaluating a speech” on next page<br />
  13. 13. Evaluating a speech<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />13<br />Speaker’s knowledge about topic<br />Content (easy to understand, speech length)<br />Delivery (do you feel connected with the speaker?, eye contact?)<br />
  14. 14. Closing<br />Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />14<br />How to be successful in public speaking?<br />Right attitude<br />Preparation<br />Earn your speech<br />Control of stage fright<br />Effective communications skills<br />Know your strengths and weaknesses<br />Learn from mistakes<br />
  15. 15. Kam Hashim www.kamhashim.com<br />15<br />Thank you<br />kam@kamhashim.com<br />www.kamhashim.com<br />