For effective public speaking one must know the audience.  Who are you speaking to ? Are they middle management corporate staff or is the audience people who have been told to attend the lecture?  Are you talking to university students or school children.  How many people will be in the audience? This is point number one.

Are you speaking in a small classroom, or, in a hall, or even out in the open?  Effective public speaking techniques must be known for all these reasons.

For effective public speaking, one has to research the topic thoroughly. Timing and performance are imperative for effective public speaking. The message has to come through clearly and audibly.  If the speaker has been told to only talk for let us say twenty minutes, and he or she speaks way beyond the time, the audience becomes irritable and starts to yawn. If , of course the speech is shorter than the allotted time, then of course, it is just as bad.  If a person is speaking in a public hall for instance, and has no control of timing, usually, the judges or adjudicators, have a flag, or an announcement code specifying the time.

Audibility is important in effective public speaking. To be audible, one has to have excellent breath control.  In order to have excellent breath control one must be taught the basics of diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing through the diaphragm and not through the throat.  If you breathe and talk through your throat, you will end up with throat problems. A good exercise for audibility practice is to take in a deep breath and open the mouth, sounding out all the vowels, and shaping the mouth. Such as A E I O U.

Delivery and energy are paramount in effective public speaking.


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Effective public speaking.
Barbara Gillman
Principal Member Voice Perfect
A.T.C.L., L.T.C.L., F.T.C.L.
(Trinity College, London)

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