Tips recently posted on my Facebook page. I gathered a few here for your convenience.
As you carefully study the successful methods of public speakers, you will observe that there is nothing that can be substituted for personal sincerity. Unless you thoroughly believe in the message you wish to convey to others, you are not likely to impress them favorably.
Therein lies the key to successful oratory. When the truth of your message is deeply engraved on your own mind; when your own heart has been touched as by a living flame; when your own character and personality testify to the innate sincerity and nobility of your life, then your speech will be truly eloquent, and men will respond to your fervent appeal.
Eye contact is essential in public speaking. It helps you connect with the audience. Eye contact establishes an immediate bond with an audience, especially when a speaker focuses in on individual listeners rather than just gazing over the audience as a whole.
Know your audience. It is important to know why you want to speak to this particular audience, what your message is for them, and why you are the person who should deliver the message.
Know your message. Practice, practice, practice until you feel confident about the message and your ability to deliver it.
Be prepared. Your audience is giving you their time and consideration, so rehearse enough to be confident you’ll leave a good impression.
Control mannerisms. Mannerisms are the nervous expressions a speaker might not be aware of such as putting their hands in their pockets, nodding their head excessively, or using filler words like um and ah too often.
Put verbs in to action when speaking to an audience by physically acting them out with the hands, face or entire body.
To your Speaking Success