5 Ways To Boost Public Speaking Skills

Does the thought of giving a presentation or speech freak you out? Don’t panic. Most students or even adults get jitters when they step up on the podium*podium*
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to give a speech. Here are few simple tips to help your cruise through your fears.

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Keep It Simple – Keep your presentation simple and clear. You don’t want to get confused and complicate the message you are trying to put across. Make sure you put your key points across with clarity, confidence and command.

* **Time Yourself *– It’s a good idea to practice your presentation, so that you know how much time you are taking. Timing yourself will also make you edit and restructure the points you are presenting, and how you present them. Also make sure you are not speaking too fast, or too slow.

*Practice In Front Of Friends/Family *– Do a few trial runs of the presentation in front of someone. This gives confidence to present in front of others as well as gives you constructive feedback on areas that need improvement.

*Practice On Location *– See if you have access to the location where you will be presenting, and take someone along and practice there. Familiarity with the place gives you more confidence, and eases your jitters. Also, it gives you an idea of how loud you might need to be.

Last but not the least

Breathe! – Experts all agree that breathing is an effective way to relax the mind and body. So before you head up to present, take a deep breath and a moment to calm your nerves.