- Cass Andra said "take.your.time."
- Tarkessa Frazier urged "Never compromise yourself."
- Jacki Hudson French advises "know your audience."
- Gina Pera thinks you should "Get over your own ego concerns and serve the audience."
- Marian Lacy Alderson got practical, saying "don't eat chocolate 30 minutes before you speak in public - makes your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth."
- Veronica Brown added, "to Gina's point --- Public speaking, like hosting a party, is dependent on the speaker/host attending more to the needs of others than her own."
- Marti J. Sladek reminds you to "Relax: There is no such thing as a large audience or mass communication because each person receives your message one-on-one."
- Annette Long says "Smile....it will lighten up the atmosphere......."
- Dana Bristol-Smith offered "If you are excited and enthusiastic about what you are sharing, let your body and face show it. Though don't fake it! A fake smile and over the top enthusiasm is a turnoff."
- Renee Ast quoted Lou Holtz for inspiration: "Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
- Akkana Peck urged: "Practice!"
- Beth Schachter suggested, "If you need a venue in which to improve your speaking skills, join a local Toastmasters club. The organization gives you the opportunity to hone your skill at delivering prepared talks as well as impromptu speeches."
- Rob Kall said you should "weave your talk around a few stories. They make the best mnemonics and the brain evolved to tell and hear stories."
- Leanne Chukoskie made me smile when she wrote: "Think of that thing that makes you want to share (or smile). There is nothing like an authentic speaker or an authentic smile!"
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I asked fans to share their best piece of speaking advice, so we could make a useful list for all to share. Here are more than a dozen tips, ideas and encouragement for you from your fellow speakers: