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You too can be a good speaker

By unknown | Feb 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Anyone can excel as a public speaker.

Sadly, many people lose it when challenged to take the plunge. All it takes is a dash of courage and presenting the real you to your audience each time the big moment beckons.

Public speaking is a form of communication that requires the presenter, performer, delegate or leader to use themselves, wholly or as a package, with the crucial items being your personality, body language, eye contact with your audience, general appearance, voice quality, clarity of voice, and your confidence levels.

High school pupils in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in taking part in the Anglo American and Sowetan Young Communicators Awards will see in the handout to be given out at this popular youth development workshop that taking the first step matters.

The package will also reveal that what matters most is your personality, as in saying boldly: "This is me!". Tips for communicating:

l Your body language - use the following to your advantage: posture, physical attitude, hand and facial gestures;

l Eye contact - be assertive, chiefly looking at your audience;

l General appearance - dress smartly, including grooming and hairstyle;

l How you use language - be either formal or casual, but firm in how you captivate your audience;

l Voice quality - use your voice appropriately, especially when you modulate it to suit the size of a room, number of people being addressed, how far or near they are from you, and the room's acoustics.


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