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8
Tips to
SPEAK
IN PUBLIC
LIKE A PRO
By Gloria Mayfield Banks
Listen.
If you want people to listen to you and be
receptive to your ideas, you must first learn how
to listen and engage ...
Don't speak to every
audience the same.
Across every demographic, culture, and interest group,
people will respond differe...
Know your audience.
Make sure that what you're saying is
important to the people who are listening, or it
is unlikely that...
Connect with
your audience.
Ask yourself: Why should your audience
care about what you have to say? How
will they benefit ...
Dress for success.
If you're going to be
presenting in front of any
number of people, you
should be dressed in your
Sunday...
Show gratitude.
The success of any presentation is
owed almost entirely to the people
who chose to listen to you speak.
Re...
Be yourself.
Authenticity is
key; you can't
speak
passionately in
front of an
audience with a
façade or a false
persona.
End on a high note.
The two parts of any presentation
that people remember are the
beginning and the conclusion. Start
you...
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8 Tips to Speak in Public Like a Pro

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Public speaking is the number one greatest fear that faces Americans, outranking bugs, snakes, and even death! Gloria Mayfield Banks, a renowned leadership success strategist, lists 8 of her tips for speaking in public like a pro.

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8 Tips to Speak in Public Like a Pro

  1. 1. 8 Tips to SPEAK IN PUBLIC LIKE A PRO By Gloria Mayfield Banks
  2. 2. Listen. If you want people to listen to you and be receptive to your ideas, you must first learn how to listen and engage with those around you.
  3. 3. Don't speak to every audience the same. Across every demographic, culture, and interest group, people will respond differently than one another. Take the time to learn about your audience and tailor your presentation to engage with what will energize them.
  4. 4. Know your audience. Make sure that what you're saying is important to the people who are listening, or it is unlikely that you'll end up engaging them.
  5. 5. Connect with your audience. Ask yourself: Why should your audience care about what you have to say? How will they benefit from listening? Can you speak to a pain they're feeling? Will your words be impactful?
  6. 6. Dress for success. If you're going to be presenting in front of any number of people, you should be dressed in your Sunday best. It shows the audience that you respect them — and yourself — enough to dress up for the occasion.
  7. 7. Show gratitude. The success of any presentation is owed almost entirely to the people who chose to listen to you speak. Remember to thank the host, the production crew, and the audience for attending.
  8. 8. Be yourself. Authenticity is key; you can't speak passionately in front of an audience with a façade or a false persona.
  9. 9. End on a high note. The two parts of any presentation that people remember are the beginning and the conclusion. Start your presentation strong, but make sure to end it with a bang.

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