Say something or die trying

Seven tips for talking in front of large groups of people.

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You’re about to get up in front of the class to give a presentation. You practiced in front of the mirror at home. You’ve got all your notes memorised. You know exactly what you want to say, and how you’re going to say it.

And then you get up there, and it feels like the world is spinning.

There are very few people who are naturally comfortable speaking to large groups of people. For most, it’s a skill you learn. Here are seven tips to help you get there.

  1. Be presentable. Take a bath and wear something you feel comfortable in, which is appropriate for the occasion. Big secret: it’s not about them. It’s about you.

  2. Practice and listen. Practice in front of a mirror and listen to yourself! The biggest mistake people make in presentations is that they get nervous and start to speak quickly and quietly. Make your presentation sound like you’re having a conversation.

  3. Relax. Breathe through your nose if you can, because it will help control your heartbeat and stop you feeling nervous.

  4. Be conversational! Break down the wall between you and the audience. Ask how they are and talk directly to them.

  5. If you mispronounce some words or trip up in your speech, do not stop and say sorry! Keep going, smile and make eye contact.

  6. Know your material! Especially if you’re nervous when speaking in front of groups, you do not want to be stumbling over facts. If you’re speaking about a subject you’re not confident about, try note cards… but remember not to stare at them the whole time!

  7. Practice with your parents and friends. Speaking in front of people is something that you get better at the more you do it.

Good luck, girls!

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Hey Zinhle, that's great! We are glad we could help you!

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