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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:40

What do you think about when you give a speech?

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There are a myriad of thoughts going through my head when I deliver a speech.

The most obvious of course being the next line that I need to deliver. Taking that to a bigger picture I need to think about where the next line is in perspective to the overall story. Sometimes I need to divert from my script to provide clarity for the audience on an element of the speech or to answer an urgent question. The challenge can be to get back to my original story.

Other thoughts I would put into logistical categories:

Eye Contact: Am I making eye contact with everyone in the audience that I can? Are they returning my eye contact? Do they look like they are understanding my presentation or do they look puzzled? Does it look like they agree with me or are they disagreeing?

Speed/rate: Am I delivering my presentation at a rate that my audience can understand?

Positioning: Am I taking advantage of my speaking area? If I’m videoing my presentation and I am also my own camera operator, am I staying within my camera lens area?

Gestures: Am I using appropriate hand and facial gestures? Are they serving the purpose of what I want them to do i.e. add to my story or are they taking away from it?

Envisioning: While I prepare for my presentation my envisioning my success, I keep those successful thoughts in my mind while I am presenting.

At a different level of consciousness, I am aware of the room temperature and what is going on around the speaking room if it is in a public venue.

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