Public speaking is something that comes naturally to a few but its nothing that you quite nail if you really care and prepare for it. Public speaking quickly can turn into a disaster, like the wreck that Transformers director Michael Bay got into at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“The way we speak dramatically affects how our bosses and colleagues perceive us,” Alison Griswold reports, with the common speaking potholes including your tone, pitch, and volume. So let’s get to correcting them.

I Dont Know What Am I Going To Say
Why did Mr. Bay walk off stage at Consumer Electronics Show? For the record the teleprompter went nuts in plain simple words.  Michael Bay thought it would be no big deal to go up on stage at CES before representatives of the entire world’s media without learning his lines. What could go wrong? He’s a big-time big shot. He’s done press conferences. There’s a teleprompter.

Save yourself from such embarrassment at any scale by simply knowing the theme of what to wish to express through the presentation instead on relying on a  teleprompter [until you are a TV host] or memorizing word-to-word of a script which might make you sound like a robot.

Am I Talking Too Fast?
I’m sure you dont want to sound like a hyperventilating Eminem when you are on stage. If you’are talking too quickly, your audience would not be able to follow or absorb the message you are trying to send across and will probably zone out.

I Like To Talk To The Tone Of Blender Monotone
No! Robots go for Monotone and you are not a robot.

Voice modulation – where you tone goes both up and down-  is one of the most effective  way to delivery a narrative. Audience will be more open to connecting with you.

You Trail Off At The End Of The Sentence
Which means that people don’t hear your complete thoug…

 ‘UM,’ ‘UH,’ AND ‘AH’
These very popular “vocalized pauses” Um, ah, er, uh are expected more in casual conversation where someone doesnt really know what he/she wants to say. Speech specialist will tell you that using lots of these pauses makes you lose your audience really quickly. But does the claim hold up?

It has been advised to use your pauses wisely during your speech as they help bring out “meaning” and “importance” to your narrative structure. It is also know that we’ve had verbalized pauses as long as we’ve had language (100,000 years, give or take).

Rresearch shows that a case of the “ums” can persuade people to stay on calls and children to learn. The idea, then, is to have your ums act as signals, the kind that attune the listeners’ attention to what you’re going to say next.

Hat tip: Business Insider

 

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