How to structure your speech

by Jaimie Abbott

Structure your speech with key messages

There are so many things to think about when public speaking – the audience, the occasion and not to mention the materials you’re going to use!

Another important aspect is deciding which key messages to use and how to structure...

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3 tips on how to be a great MC!

by Jaimie Abbott

Being the MC (Master of Ceremonies) of an event can be daunting. While some are born to be the proverbial life of the party, others will need adequate preparation first. If you fit in the latter category, don’t fret! Below are some tips you can incorporate to make sure...

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How to Use Statistics When Public Speaking

by Jaimie Abbott

Right statistics can be very helpful when used whilst public speaking. Here are some quick tips on how to use them effectively to ensure you deliver a powerful presentation.

Pick the right statistics

If you do your research, you’ll find there is a lot of statistical data...

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How to prevent your mind going blank when public speaking

by Jaimie Abbott

If you’ve done lots of public speaking then chances are you have had some blank out moments once or twice. I know how that feels, believe me. You’re hitting your stride but then your mind suddenly blanks out on you. Every second you stay quiet feels like an eternity...

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3 tips to improve your confidence when speaking to an audience

by Jaimie Abbott

The art of public speaking is one that requires a lot of confidence and expertise on the part of the speaker. It is estimated that 75% of adults in the world today suffer from a fear of speaking in front of an audience.

Even professional public speakers experience this fear...

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Why it’s rude to turn off your video in a Zoom meeting

by Jaimie Abbott

Zoom video etiquette? Is it rude to disable your video in a zoom meeting? Yes and here is why.

The year 2021 has been a revolutionary year. This is because thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the year has witnessed quite significant changes in the operations of almost every human...

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7 ways to hook your audience in the first 60 seconds

by Jaimie Abbott

Speaking in public isn’t easy, especially when you’re looking to captivate your audience from the start. When giving a presentation, it’s important to know how to drive the interest of your audience from the minute you open your mouth, so they will get your...

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3 ways to choose the best topic for your next speech

by Jaimie Abbott

Several factors contribute to determining how successful a speech and its presentation will be when it comes to public speaking. One of the most essential of these factors includes choosing the right topic for your speech. This is because the topic is often the foundation on...

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4 ways your body language can make you look more confident

by Jaimie Abbott

There’s an undeniable relationship between fantastic public speaking and body language. Over the centuries, the best orators have managed to charm thousands with their gestures alone. Interestingly, the trick is still as effective as ever.

You might be wondering how a...

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The public speaking skills of Australians have gone backwards because of COVID

by Jaimie Abbott

The public speaking skills of Australians have gone backwards because of COVID-19, where enforced lockdowns have reduced levels of physical human contact and shattered confidence.

There has been a sharp decline in self-assurance when it comes to public speaking particularly in...

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Good Public Speakers know when to rock the boat

by Jaimie Abbott

When it comes to speaking to your audience, do you try to play it safe with your words, or do you try to rock the boat? Knowing when holding back is advisable and when to go out guns blazing is a skill not everyone can confidently claim they have mastered.

To be an exceptional...

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How to public speak when you’re an introvert

by Jaimie Abbott

If you’re an introvert, the idea of speaking in public in front of a large crowd can quickly tie your stomach into knots.

Here are some techniques and tips on how to prepare for a speech if this sounds like you.

1. Preparation is always the key

Practice makes perfect. Take...

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