Speak Comfortably in Public: 12 Tips for a Successful Presentation

12 Tips for a Successful Presentation

If the idea of giving a speech in front of a huge audience freaks you out, you're in good company. Approximately 75% of all people experience some degree of discomfort or fear of public speaking. Fortunately, with a lot of practice and a few mind tricks, public speaking doesn't have to be such a big, scary thing.

Quell your anxiety by getting to know the space you're speaking in and the audience members you're speaking to. Do a couple of power poses that will boost your confidence, but be sure to do it in private unless it's a part of your speech.

Remember to mix up the cadence and tone of your speaking style so you don't put your audience to sleep, and to acknowledge the left, center, and right sections of your room so the entire room feels included.

Also, whatever you do—don't imagine your audience members naked.

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