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Tips to Effective Speeches

By Peter Urs Bender

  1. Write key points on note cards. (Don't take the risk of forgetting what you want to say.)
  2. Have your hands visible to the audience. (Keep them out of your pockets. Use them to communicate.)
  3. Wait 10 seconds before you begin, then speak more slowly than normal. (It will feel uncomfortable, but it helps you focus and makes you look/sound more powerful.)
  4. Smile, smile, smile. (An audience always reflects the speaker.)
  5. Watch your listeners for their feedback. ( If their body language says "boring", do something!)
  6. Make your speech live. Put your heart and soul in it. (If it doesn't live, you die as a speaker.
  7. At a personal moment in your talk, wink at your audience. (Left eye to people on your left, right eye to those on the right. It makes people feel like you're speaking to them.)

Peter Urs Bender is the author of "Secrets of Power Presentations".
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