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Simple Tips For Successful Corporate and Conference Speakers
By Erica Armstrong
The thought of speaking in public, especially to corporate clients or to conference attendee’s strikes fear and dread into the hearts of many people, including those who are experienced motivational speakers.
Once you have given a speech at a conference or corporate seminar, you will not forget it, and the more you give, the easier it gets. Nobody is expecting you to be the next Martin Luther King. It may not be a famous speech – but it will be your speech.
Once you learn a few easy common sense tips and tricks on how to handle your nerves, corporate or conference speaking becomes simple, and learning how is simple too!
The first major tip which works according to every Christian motivational speaker is breathing. This may seem deceptively simple, but taking the time to breath in slowly to a count of ten, hold your breath for a count of five, and then release the breath to a count of ten, before your speech, is one of the surefire ways to calm pre-conference or corporate nerves. Doing this variation of yoga breathing three times just before you speak will ensure you are perfectly calm, and allow you to deliver your keynote speech with minimum nerves.
Another tip from seasoned corporate and motivational speakers is rather than address the entire audience, to fix your eye on one person, and speak as though you are addressing that one person, as if he or she is the only person in the room. It is better to fix your eye on a person at the back in the centre of the room, thus making other members of the audience feel included.
The next way to ease worries about addressing a large corporate audience, is to make notes. Maybe you are giving a five minute speech, but want to be natural and not read from a prepared speech. In this case, a hint which will put your mind at ease and relax you is to have a small note, listing the key points you want to make, in order of priority.
You work your way through the list, addressing each point in order, in a completely natural way. But by using the list you stick to your order of priority and still seem completely natural and un-rehearsed.
If you are completely nervous about corporate speaking, or addressing a conference or seminar, then perhaps doing a run through of your proposed list of points to cover in front of a family member will help calm your nerves. It it is easier for your, try it in front of a mirror. This is a great confidence booster for those who are unaccustomed to speaking to a large number of strangers at corporate meetings or conferences.
The other way to go is to write a speech yourself, and simply read it verbatim. Those who are unused to corporate speaking or addressing conferences may find this is the only way they can bring themselves to addressing what can often be a huge crowd.
Another fairly simple idea which will go a long way to ensuring you appear relaxed and at your ease is to only wear clothes in which you are comfortable. Using the occasion of giving your first public speech to an invited audience to wear that shirt which is slightly too tight at the throat is not a good idea. You need to come over to the audience as being relaxed and genial. Difficult to do if you are finding it hard to breath at all, never mind speak.
Following these fairly simple straightforward tips will ensure that you are a highly successful corporate or conference speaker.