Saturday, 12 November 2016

Using Notes when presenting a speech

How do you use notes to help you with a speech?
Copious notes will distract from your intrinsic message.  Most people need some notes – oh for that invisible teleprompter, but alas this is usually not available!

Controlling Nerves when speaking in public

So you are nervous when you have to give a speech?  How can you deal with your nerves?

Let's assume that you know your subject; you have worked hard on your presentation and hopefully you know your audience.

Nevertheless, the moment you are called upon, it all comes unstuck.

Monday, 11 July 2016

How do I get information to prepare a speech?

So you have to prepare a presentation.  Where do you find the information for your speech?

Surprisingly, much of what you need is already in your subconscious and experiences.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Why enter a speaking competition?

Why on earth would you put yourself through the stress of a speaking competition?

What makes a person put their hand up and have a go?  Do you need a massive ego?  Do you have to be a super extrovert who loves the limelight?

What's the point of it all?

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Rod builds his confidence with Rostrum Public Speaking Group

Where do I go from here?

My position at work was made redundant. This was due to the down turn in the Automotive Industry. This was a role and a company that I had worked in for many years and was a huge change to my life.

I had not realised it, but my whole network of colleagues and friends revolved around my work place. I experienced a feeling of isolation and felt disconnected, my confidence and self-belief was at an all-time low.

Learning Public Speaking from the water aerobics instructor

Here I am - new to water aerobics and exercise averse.  But who would have thought that water aerobics was a gold mine of ideas for my own speaking and for fellow Rostrum members.
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The instructor has to get everyone to understand what is required in the exercise.  Let's call my instructor Simon. Hi Simon.