Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts August 2003
Short Cuts:BETTER YET
To Improve Speaking Skills
Whether introducing a speaker, announcing an award, or warming up
a meeting audience, public speaking is an important business skill.
Linda Kundell, a New York City-based public relations specialist
and owner of Kundell Communications (www.publicspeaking4u.com) offers these tips.
Speak up. Using a microphone does not ensure
the audience can hear. To really project, put depth and energy into
your voice, but do not shout. And, a simple “Can everyone hear me?”
will get the audience’s attention.
Slow down. When giving out numerical
information, such as addresses or phone numbers, speak clearly and
slowly, so the audience has enough time to write everything
Allow for some silence. When introducing a
series of speakers, such as a panel, pause between each
introduction to give the audience time to absorb each speaker’s
Keep breathing. To avoid speaking too quickly
and tripping over words, force yourself to slow down by taking a
breath between sentences. Another good technique is to pause for a
sip of water.
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