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One of the Little Known Secrets of Dynamic Public Speaking
Nancy Daniels, Voice Coach
Have you ever sat in an auditorium, hall, church, or theater and listened to the coughing, sniffling, shuffling of papers and overall restlessness of those in the audience during a rather dull presentation or speech? It happens and it happens when the speaker is not very dynamic.
Too often, the person delivering a speech or presentation is frozen in one spot with an ashen complexion and a death grip on the lectern. If this scenario is typical of you, then rest assured your audience will do the moving for you!
The secret to great public speaking is that you, the speaker, should move in addressing your audience: your audience should not. You will discover that your ability to move, just as if you were in conversation in your living room, will create immediate intimacy with your listeners. Making eye contact with them, smiling, and speaking with emotion will further that intimacy. They, in turn, will be so caught up in listening to you that they will not move. The coughing, the sneezing, and the restlessness will not occur because you will have them riveted to their seats.
That is the goal of great public speaking. And, you donít need to be famous or at the top of the public speaking circuit for this to happen.
1. You must believe in yourself and your message.
2. You must know your material backwards and forwards, inside and out.
3. You must take control of your nervousness and allow it work for you, not against you.
4. You must treat your audience as if you were in conversation, being aware of their response and their reaction to you.
5. You must speak with emotion from your heart, displaying vocal variety in your voice, as well as facial expression and body language that complements your message.
6. You must honestly want to better their lives in some fashion.
Audiences can see and hear nervousness. And, they judge you the moment you open your mouth to speak. Do not for one moment believe that they are going to give you 5 minutes to warm up. They wonít. If you do not begin with a strong opening, you will lose them immediately.
Dynamic public speaking does not happen by being immobile on the stage. Your immobility immediately builds a wall between you and them. And, an immobile speaker means a mobile audience Ė an audience that will be more interested in their laptops or their iPods than in you.
International Speaker and Voice Specialist, Nancy Daniels, has been involved in voice training since 1977. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in music, she discovered the techniques for improving the sound of the speaking voice while in graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her guest speaking engagements, Nancy offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice training and public speaking skills throughout the United States and Canada. For those are unable to work with her directly, there is Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. For more information on voice training, future workshops, and Voicing It!, visit her Voice Dynamic website. http://www.voicedynamic.com
Nancy Daniels Having taught 1,000\'s of people how to find their \'real\' voice for more than 25 years, I can\'t imagine a job more gratifying! To witness the increase in their self-confidence is incredibly rewarding.