What are the most important parts of presenting or speaking for first-time leaders?
- Being authentic. From experience, I think it’s key to find your feet. When I started speaking, I was in a corporate environment, and I would try to fit into the mold. This just didn't work for me. I ended up coming across being very uncomfortable and boring. It’s important to allow yourself to play around with different styles to see what works for you.
- Letting go of notes. Technically if you’re speaking you should know your topic inside out. Let your content be your guide. Don’t rely on notes and insist on following a strict routine, be flexible and open to change, so you are better able to serve your audience.
- Write out a draft. I took this from Denise’s talk at the Fabian Womens Network in London and applied it immediately. It made a huge difference to my delivery. Having, and practicing, your speech allows you to ensure your key points get across, when are good times to take questions, and to give you an indication of length so you stay within your allocated time.
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