If there is one thing that we make a big deal of at Praetorian Outsource Marketing it’s ‘Practice Makes Perfect.’ Practicing your speech is incredibly important. You should do it the whole way through, in front of someone and in an room close in size to the one where you’re going to be doing the real thing. The more your practice, the less you’ll need to refer to your notes and the more comfortable you’ll feel. If you lose your way, you should know the content well enough that you can freestyle until you pick it up again!
One of Praetorian Outsource Marketing’s speakers from last weekend recommends that you don’t try and memorize your speech, unless it’s really short. She said, “The stress of trying to remember your lines will put you off and often it can sound stilted.” You’re much better to have some clear points, the punch lines and beginning and end written down, then practice what you’re going to say over and over again. You won’t have a full script, but you’ll have enough to feel confident without it sounding too rehearsed.
The managing director of Praetorian Outsource Marketing implores you to think about your body language. “It’s important to keep your feet planted and stand up straight, this will give off the impression of poise. Don’t look too stiff and wooden but it’s definitely preferable to being slouched or leaning against something. People often complain that they don’t know what to do with their hands. If you have a lectern that you’re standing at then put your hands on that and forget about them. You will naturally gesticulate as you talk and it’s somewhere easy and comfortable for them to return to.”
Praetorian Outsource Marketing hopes that these hints will give you the skills to approach any public speaking engagement with confidence. Don’t forget eye contact and you’re ready to go, good luck!
Praetorian Outsource Marketing is a direct sales and marketing company specialising in the telecommunications industry and in utility-funded insulation schemes. Their main offices are situated in Birmingham and Southampton. For more information visit http://www.praetorianmarketing.co.uk