My beautiful daughter Laura, who I mentioned below, has this morning (I dropped her off at 6.30 am) started her first Public Speaking lesson. It’s an 8 week course held by a local Toastmasters group.
Public speaking terrifies most people – it’s usually listed as people’s major fear.
My Top 7 Tips For Giving A Speech
- Write your own introduction – that way you get to start the speech off the way you want (and the host will be very appreciative for some background info on you)
- Grab the audience’s attention immediately (I’ve sung before, dropped all of my notes, worn a Superman t-shirt. Do whatever it takes.)
- Smile lots
- It’s more important that the speech is entertaining than informative
- The speech needs to be informative – use pictures, examples, words, sound and whatever else you can to illustrate your point
- Use BIG gestures, hand movements and body language
- Don’t tell people how good you are – poke a little fun at yourself
Part Of My Sample Introduction
“….Brendon has a regular gig talking all things Internet on the ABC.
He is the President of the Palm Beach Scouts, Vice President of the Gold Coast Media Club, and he speaks to business and school groups across NSW and Queensland.
Aside from all that Brendon is an excellent dancer, superb golfer and a wonderful kisser.
He also writes his own introductions…………..please welcome Brendon Sinclair.”
My Advice To Laura
My advice to Laura as I dropped her off was this:
- Love you Lawsie.
- Have fun and do your best.