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Public Speaking I - Starting to speak

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First in our Public Speaking series, this workshop looks at what exactly 'public speaking' is, and why people are scared of it. We say that people are scared of public speaking because they are scared of what people will think of them if they make a mistake. That's what we're trying to get rid of here, people's fear of making a mistake.

We treat a 'public speech' as anything sort of talk that takes place with one or more people. In essence, every time you talk you are making a public speech.

This workshop takes into account the plethora of tips and pointers that people give on how to make a smashing presentation, but says that there is too much out there for anyone to think of *while* they are in a public speaking setting, especially when they are on the spot. Given the situation, a set of exercises can be carried out (and practiced regularly) to ensure that the person is ready to give a talk when the time comes.

The 3 exercises covered here are
- Voice Projection (saying "aah" loudly, letting the voice come from your chest, building the vocal chords)
- Enunciation (Saying "Twenty dwarves took turns doing handstands on the carpet" and emphasizing on every syllable. These are a set of the most common syllables used in a talk.)
- 60 second speech (give a topic to someone, 15 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to talk continuously. Helps build confidence and stops mind blocks).

The first two of these, if carried out on a regular basis can be very effective in warming up the speaker before their talk. The third is very useful, but also great fun with friends!

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Public Speaking I - Starting to speak

  1. 1. Public Speaking IProfessional Development series by DSO
  2. 2. “if you have to go to a funeral,you’re better off in the casket thandoing the eulogy” -Jerry Sienfield
  3. 3. *gasp!What will people think of me?
  4. 4. “Public Speaking?”• Speaking in front of an audience• Speaking to 1 or more people• Structured/Unstructured• Speaking the truth/BSing
  5. 5. Where do we start?• Today: Short exercises for practice• Later: Reading through a script• Even later: Developing stuff on the spot!
  6. 6. “Helpful” pointers• Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).• Don’t wave your arms like an octopus.• Develop a connection with your audience.• Vary your voice tonality.
  7. 7. “Helpful” pointers• Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).• Don’t wave your arms like an octopus.• Develop a connection with your audience.• Vary your voice tonality.
  8. 8. “Helpful” pointers• Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).• Don’t wave your arms like an octopus.• Develop a connection with your audience.• Vary your voice tonality.
  9. 9. “Helpful” pointers• Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).• Don’t wave your arms like an octopus.• Develop a connection with your audience.• Vary your voice tonality.
  10. 10. “Helpful” pointers• Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).• Don’t wave your arms like an octopus.• Develop a connection with your audience. Add some pauses.• Vary your voice tonality.
  11. 11. “Helpful” pointers•Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).Vary your pace•Don’t wave your arms like an octopus.• Develop a connection with your audience. Add some pauses.• Vary your voice tonality.
  12. 12. “Helpful” pointers•Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead).Vary your pace•Don’t wave your arms like an octopus. Give some handouts•Develop a connection with your audience. Add some pauses.•Vary your voice tonality.
  13. 13. “Helpful” pointers • Look at your audience in the eye. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace • Don’t wave your arms like an octopus. Give some handouts • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  14. 14. “Helpful” pointers • Look at your audience in the eye. Breathe in and count to ten. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace • Don’t wave your arms like an octopus. Give some handouts • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  15. 15. “Helpful” pointers • Look at your audience in the eye. Breathe in and count to ten. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace •Are you actually your arms like an octopus. Don’t wave trying to Give some handouts read these while I talk? • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  16. 16. “Helpful” pointers • Look at your audience in the eye. Breathe in and count to ten. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace in some humor. Add •Are you actually your arms like an octopus. Don’t wave trying to Give some handouts read these while I talk? • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  17. 17. “Helpful” pointers • Look at your audience in the eye. Breathe in and count to ten. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace in some humor. Add •Are you actually your arms like an octopus. Don’t wave trying to Give some handouts read these while I talk? • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. Don’t present on a full stomach. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  18. 18. “Helpful” pointers • Organizeyour audience in the eye. Look at your thoughts. Breathe in and count to ten. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace in some humor. Add •Are you actually your arms like an octopus. Don’t wave trying to Give some handouts read these while I talk? • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. Don’t present on a full stomach. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  19. 19. “Helpful” pointers • Organizeyour audience in the eye. Look at your thoughts. Breathe in and count to ten. Use cue cards. (or at their forehead). Vary your pace in some humor. Add •Are you actually your arms like an octopus. Don’t wave trying to Give some handouts read these while I talk? • Develop a connection with yourStand your ground. Don’t present on a full stomach. audience. Add some pauses. • Vary your voice tonality.
  20. 20. What does that evenmean?! o_OHalf the stuff people say, you can’t do becauseyou’ve been put on the spot.
  21. 21. Forget it...Just stand up. Let’s take it from the top.
  22. 22. Repeat after meDo you feel like you’re in kindergarten yet?
  23. 23. aaaa... AAAA...aaAAa...Voice Projection Practice
  24. 24. Twenty dwarves took turns doinghandstands on the carpet.Enunciation practice
  25. 25. 60 second speechThe art of BSing
  26. 26. Practice these!When you wake up, when you go to sleep, threetimes a day before meals and once before yourafternoon karak tea time
  27. 27. Keep up with us!• These slides are going up on www.dsoqatar.org/ Professional_Development. (these slides are probably useless but the others are pretty awesome)

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