Eight Steps to Giving an Effective Speech

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At some point in your career, you are likely to be asked to give a speech – whether it’s to co-workers, managers, industry colleagues or clients.

Let’s be honest (says The Philadelphia Inquirer), “Only a few people actually enjoy speaking in public. For all of the rest of us, here are eight tips on making the experience not nightmare-inducing. Perhaps, it can even be fun.

  1. Loosen up.
  2. Kindle their interest.
  3. Don’t be long-winded.
  4. Avoid reading your speech.
  5. Pay attention to your pace, tone and emphasis.
  6. Shoot for compelling and real.
  7. Incorporate some interactivity.
  8. Summarize.
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