Top tips for public speaking
Jeannette Nelson, head of voice at the National Theatre, suggests the following:
- Be aware of your body; the way you stand, the angle at which you hold your head, where you put your hands will all give away to the audience how comfortable you feel.
- To ensure you are relaxed before speaking do this physical exercise a few times. Lift your shoulders to your ears and then drop them.
- To avoid the common mistake of starting out loud and gradually becoming inaudible, imagine you are taking your breath from the very back of the room in which you are speaking and then sending your breath back to it. This will ensure you look at the whole room, not just the front row, and will project your voice to the back of the room.
- Record yourself. Practise in front of a mirror or a good friend to see how you look and sound when you speak.