Basic Public Speaking Tips – Preparation, Practice, and Presentation

Speaking in front of an audience is no easy task for most. If you’ve never done it before, the situation can seem daunting. Fortunately, if you break it down to a few manageable steps, you should be able to approach your audience confidently.

The first necessary step is to prepare your speech. Start out by researching your topic thoroughly. Know exactly what it is you need or want to talk about. List all the points that you want to cover during your speech and write the entire speech out. Now would also be a great time to make yourself some note cards to use.

Next, it is time to practice the speech. Read your written version out loud. This is the best way to find any errors. Fix portions that do not flow properly or sound the way you want. Do this as many times as necessary until it sounds just right for you. Now that it sounds right, say it over and over again. Record it and listen to yourself. Stand in front of a mirror and watch yourself give the speech. Eventually, you need to get yourself to a point where you no longer need to read from the paper.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are practicing. Speak slowly. Make sure every word is pronounced in its entirety and properly. If you are unsure of a pronunciation, look it up. Online dictionaries have the option of playing a word so you can hear how it should be said.

Often, speakers are given a time limit for their speeches. During the practice sessions, be sure to time yourself to ensure that you are within the allotted time frame. If no time limit was given to you, time yourself anyway. It is good to have an idea of how long you will be speaking. If you find yourself repeating information or rambling, try giving yourself a time limit. Having these restrictions helps to ensure that the information you are providing is concise. If you have ever sat through a dry lecture, then you already know the importance of keeping your words short and sweet.

Finally, after all of the preparation and practice, your big day has arrived. It is time to present your speech. Hopefully, you have practiced enough that your nerves are not as bad as they could be. This is still a very scary time for anyone who is not an experienced public speaker. The good news is that the audience will have no idea how terrified you are. The speaker almost always feels more nervous than he or she appears.

Do you remember those note cards you put together while you were writing out the speech? Now would be a great time to make use of them. Try not to depend on them too much. You still need to make plenty of eye contact with your audience. If this is uncomfortable for you, try looking at foreheads. That gives the illusion of eye contact. Remember to be confident in your expertise on the subject. You were asked to speak for a reason. Your audience has shown up and is prepared to listen to and absorb what you are saying.

Hopefully, this article was helpful for you and your new experience. The process of public speaking does get easier with time and practice. I wish you the very best of luck.

Using a Flip Chart During Your Presentation

While mentoring some colleagues to help them overcome their fear of public speaking and to improve their presentation skills, I noticed a distinct “fear of the flip chart”. What is it and how does one overcome it?

It can be easy to spot someone with a fear of public speaking because they are glued to the spot where they began their speech and they refuse to move. The idea of using any kind of props (e.g. flip charts, handouts, etc) is terrifying because they would have to move and it might make the experience go on even longer.

However, an important public speaking tip is to use flip charts and other props to support your presentation. The way you use your flip chart is a critical part of public speaking. Here are some important public speaking tips and techniques for using a flip chart effectively:

1. Arrive early and be sure that the flip chart is positioned so that you can get to it easily when you need it.

2. Be sure that it is positioned so that you can stand next to it and write while still facing your audience (ie. Do Not Turn Your Back On Your Audience!)

3. Make sure you have several markers that work and immediately throw away the ones that don’t work. You don’t want to be scrambling to find a good marker during your presentation.

4. Only use blue or black markers please. It is too difficult for those at the back of the room to see other colors. Red is OK to accentuate things already written in blue or black.

5. When writing on the chart, make your letters at least 2-3 inches tall.

6. Draw lines in pencil pages beforehand to help you keep your writing legible.

7. Plan out your pages as you are writing the outline for your presentation. They will be the support for your public speaking presentation.

8. Write notes to yourself, in pencil on the flip chart to help remind yourself of all the important points to be included. I promise your audience won’t see the penciled notes.

9. If you have something that you want to present and then accentuate during the presentation or discussion, write out the flip chart page beforehand so that you can just flip the page to it.

10. If you need to refer to something that you wrote on a page at a later point in your presentation, rip off the page and ask someone to tape it up on the wall – don’t forget to bring big masking tape for this.

Flip charts are a great way to be interactive with your audience and get their inputs to your presentation. People feel important when you write their words and ideas on paper in front of the room.

I hope that this sparks some ideas on using flip charts to strengthen your public speaking and help to overcome any “fear of the flip chart”.

How to Choose the Insulation Material for LSAW Steel Pipe

There is standards and specifications for the selection of thermal insulation materials for LSAW steel pipes, and thermal insulation materials have high requirements for the temperature and density of the heat conduction system during operation. This requires us to pay attention when select insulation material for pipes.

1. The smaller the thermal conductivity of the thermal insulation material, the better. If it is an insulating material, the thermal conductivity will be higher.

2. Choose a reasonable capacity value. Generally, the capacity of the insulation material is small, and its thermal conductivity will be small, so the corresponding mechanical strength will increase.

3. The compressive strength of the insulation material cannot be less than 3kg/cm.

4. Strong water absorption, the heat insulating material will reduce its performance after absorbing water, and it will accelerate the attachment to the metal.

Changsha Xiangjia Metal Materical Co., Ltd. the Steel Pipe Division of ADTO GROUP, is one of the leading manufacturers of steel products in China. We specializes in manufacturing all kinds of steel pipe in various grades and sizes. Years of production experience and manufacturing facilities who have a capacity of 200,000 tons per annual will ensure the good quality and competitive duration of our products.