I realise that for many of you, time is a commodity that you seem to never have. Especially when you have to make a presentation tomorrow and other work has kept you busy right up to the last minute.
So today I want to give you a quick summary of what you need to keep in mind to “Speak Well” – meaning give a great presentation or speech.
There are five (5) characteristics on which to focus – Pace, Pitch, Tone, Volume and Pausing. This is all about what you sound like no what you are saying. Your voice is the most important tool at your disposal, not how well you use Powerpoint, not how much you know and certainly not how nervous you might be.
Think of the great orators of history – all had powerful voices that you remember BEFORE you think about what it was they actually said. Some of the famous speeches of history were not winning speeches – they didn’t sway the audience but they were memorable as a speech because of the delivery (and they didn’t use Powerpoint!).
Let’s look at what each of these characteristics mean for you.
And finally, when your time is up or you have finished your presentation, end naturally. Leave the presentation area as slowly as you went to it – don’t look as if you’re escaping!