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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.
- Loosen up.
- Kindle their interest.
- Don’t be long-winded.
- Avoid reading your speech.
- Pay attention to your pace, tone and emphasis.
- Shoot for compelling and real.
- Incorporate some interactivity.