The Intro is Key

“Hello everyone—thank you for having me. I’m delighted to be here” doesn’t really cut it as the opening to your speech. You need to start off with something that will capture the audience’s attention and bring energy to yourself and to your presentation.

If appropriate, share a short personal story, a brief commentary on a recent, relevant headline, or a quotation.

This will help get you over any opening jitters, get you warmed up and hopefully will have the audience impressed with an opening (and a speaker) who is more interesting than they expected.

Communication impacts everything!

In todays fast food, fast paced world, social media and society expectations are far removed from a time gone by. Our children are using tablets and technology, often before pre-school. The impact is now on our ability to ‘play’ in this multi-cultural, global village environment. So what to do? How does our measure up?

Delivering a Wedding SpeechTo this end, in the authors opinion, there is no real difference to the communication issue 20 or 30 years ago or today. When we go for a job interview or speak at a friends wedding, the communication dynamics remain the same. The speaker has to convince the prospective employer that they are a good bet! We have to engage with our audience and enrol them into our message. This means speaking with a degree of confidence. It means being clear in our thinking and being able to articulate a concept, idea or response in such a way that the audience (either one or many) understand the essence of our communication.

Improve Your Confidence in Job InterviewsToastmasters provides a proven framework in a safe environment through which lessons and therefore growth as a speaker can occur in a rewarding and positive manner. The by-product of this effort though speaks to an individual’s quest for their own development and also it speaks to how, in so many settings, the individual communicates effectively.

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