Everyday Speeches

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How do I Get Over the Fear of Public Speaking?

by The fear of public speaking (Panic by Nate Steiner)

The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears humans experience. There is a common saying that people fear public speaking more than they fear death.  To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, ‘you’d rather be the guy in the coffin than the guy giving the eulogy’. Fear is one of our most primal emotions.  It […]

5 Things You Need to Know When Presenting a Project Progress Report

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This article lays out five key points that you need to know to give an effective presentation and update everyone on the progress of your project. Regardless of whether you are a CEO reporting to shareholders or a child reporting to a parent, we all will face a moment when we are asked to give an update on what […]

Body Language in Your Speech

by Jealousy and Flirtation

If a picture says a thousand words, what picture does your image on stage say about you? What do you want your image to say about you?

Our body language says so much about us, that we often take it for granted just how pervasive it is. When asked to give directions to somewhere we don’t know, the universal answer is a shrug of the shoulders. When we meet someone and we want them to like us, the universal language is to raise the eyebrows when our eyes meet.

5 Steps to Warm Up Your Voice for Public Speaking

by Warm-up

I’m willing to bet, you’ve made a speech or presentation at least once in your life where you thought everything was going to be perfect.  Then, on the big day you stumbled, your voice was all over the place, and you exhausted yourself.  It’s happened at least once to everyone who’s ever had to present […]

Stay Hydrated for Optimal Speech Performance

by Glass of Water

I’m sure you’ve heard the old wive’s tale that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. The truth is, no one knows exactly where this came from nor why it has become such a perpetuated myth. One school of thought suggests that it was from a study of kidney […]

How to be a Master of Ceremonies

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One of the greatest privileges and pleasures in public speaking is being invited to be the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for an event.  The MC role in any meeting or special occasion is one that requires practice and preparation beforehand, but to keep things simple it can be broken down into 3 key functions: Host Chairperson […]

How to Use a Microphone Effectively

by Microphone

Microphones are one of the greatest tools for a speaker. They help us to project our voice across great halls, adding depth and volume to our speeches. All too often though, we everyday people don’t get the opportunity to practice using a microphone and make a real hash of our speeches. Often times you hear […]