In this episode I share with you two brilliant ways to open your next speech or presentation.
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I call the first technique ‘The power of the pause’. When you are feeling a bit nervous before speaking, it is natural to want to get started as quickly as possible and get it over and done with. But if you do, you are likely to rush and lose your way and will feel less confident.
I recommend before speaking, pause for a count of 4 or 6 breaths. This will give you an opportunity to get used to your surroundings, gather your thoughts and give you a confidence boost before speaking.
I call the second technique ‘Asking a question’. You don’t have long to gain a connection with your audience. The opening of your speech has to engage them in a way that connects with their own personal experience. If you do this, then they will stay with you until the end of your speech and you will be remembered.
A brilliant way of engaging your audience is to open your speech with a question. Ask something of your audience and give them time to think about their own experience.
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