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Practical strategies and tips to improve your professional public speaking and presentation skills in English.

Public Speaking and Presentations: Good Examples


By David Rose

Following my series of three articles on practical tools to improve your public speaking and presentations, I’d like to share some good examples of different public speakers illustrating these techniques in practice.

I hope you find them useful!

1. Chunking (pausing and emphasis) and Body Language

Note the use of chunking and co-ordinated body language (hand gestures to illustrate key points, ranging eye contact etc.) in the two speeches below:

(a) Tony Blair, Council on Foreign Relations, 03/12/08 – VIDEO

http://www.cfr.org/publication/17926/conversation_with_tony_blair_video.html

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Public Speaking and Presentations (3/3): Emphasis and Pausing


By David Rose

Right – here we are again for the third and final part of my series on how to boost your public speaking and presentations skills.

The first two parts in this series have covered how to clearly structure your message and how to effectively link it with transitions and signposts. If you haven’t yet read these, I’d invite you to do so first 🙂

Now, we turn our attention to the remaining group of ingredients to ensure your public speaking is consistently effective and achieves the desired impact: emphasis and pausing. Continue reading

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Public Speaking and Presentations (2/3): Transitions and Signposting – ‘Speaking Glue’


Public Speaking and Presentations (2/3): Transitions and Signposting – ‘Speaking Glue’

By David Rose

After an enforced break to move into my new house in Brussels and prepare for a new government training project in Serbia (I’m currently there – writing this in a hotel in Belgrade), I’m back with the second of three articles on public speaking skills: Transitions and Signposting – ‘Speaking Glue’.

The first article in this series – ‘Structure for Success’ – outlined how to achieve an overall planned, cyclic structure for your key messages and content to enhance your presentation, meeting intervention or speech.

Now, as promised, we come to the methods, techniques and language to effectively use transitions and signposts – the connections that ‘glue’ your messages together into coherent parts, so keeping your audience engaged and making your key messages clearer and more memorable. Continue reading

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Public Speaking and Presentations (1/3): Structure for Success


Public Speaking and Presentations (1/3): Structure for Success

By David Rose

Have you ever had to give a presentation, present a new idea, initiative or position in a meeting, speak at a conference, give a speech, do a press conference or do an interview? If you’ve experienced any of these, you’ll be very familiar with the unsettling, nerves and adrenaline rush that inevitably comes the first time (and usually more than just the first time!).

If, however, you’ve had to do any of these in a foreign language, you’ll also be no stranger to the often frequent problem of the words not coming when you need them – what I term the ‘goldfish syndrome’: the mouth opens and closes like a goldfish but no words come out! Continue reading

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