You may want to save this! A good presentation will help you build visibility, trust, and eventually turn your audience into clients, voters, or land you that promotion.
Here are some tips to ace your speech:
1. Go in with the right mindset. Confidence equates to certainty in the minds of others, and people pay for certainty.
2. Stay out of monotone. If you use a monotone voice, people will be checking their emails under the tables instead of listening to you.
3. Practice your speech beforehand.
4. Know your material well enough to be able to look down at your notes, pull a few keywords and be able to talk about them. This requires that you practice your speech.
5. Make eye contact. It draws the audience in. But don't hold any one person hostage with the eyes. They'll start avoiding your gaze.
The points listed above are just a few of MANY. But if you only had time to choose a few, this list is a great start.
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Ahhh, the podium. Thinking you can hide behind a podium is making a big mistake.
Using a podium does have several advantages. It can feel like a life preserver when you're in the deep end of a pool. The podium grounds you by giving you something solid to touch. With that said, I recommend that you stand to one side of it whenever possible.
1. Standing beside it removes some of the formality of the interview.
2. When you're parallel to the podium, you're closer to the judges. This makes the interview seem more intimate.
3. Stand on the far side of the podium. This gives the judges more time to see you walk, and being further away from the door will make you appear more at ease.
Still want to use that podium? I have tips on how to use it effectively! Want to work with me? Email me at [email protected] and I'll tell you about the scholarships I have available for pageant contestants.
"When you stand on the stage, you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen." – Stella Adler, actress.
I love this quote! Because when you can demonstrate this level of poise and confidence during your on-stage question, judges take notice.
Despite your answer, it should be conversational, and it should not be rushed. And whatever you do, don't use a monotone voice. It's natural to be nervous, and that alone will make you want to be monotone.
Pro Tip: rather than giving a predictable answer, show your confidence and poise by being expressive and animated. Get them to notice you for all the right reasons.
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It doesn't matter if you're a politician, a business owner, or an expert in your field - if you're giving an on-camera interview, you want to make a memorable and lasting impression.
Here are 3 tips to help you shine!
1. If you're standing, plant your feet about hip distance apart and stay there. Moving around is really going to piss off whoever is running the camera.
2. If they give you a chair and it swivels, ask for another one. The last thing you want is to look like you're 12 years old by swiveling in your chair. If they can't switch chairs, don't swivel.
3. Whatever you do, don't touch your hair. It makes you look flighty.
1. Rehearse out loud
2. Speak with enthusiasm and/or passion
3. Gesture - it will help you to remember what you want to say, and the audience will remember more of what you tell them.
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