10 Tips from Judith

1 Body language counts for 55% to 70% of a speech. Stand tall. Raise your head. 2 Voice variety counts for 20% to 38% of a speech. Vary your voice.…

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Structure in a speech

You may be wondering why a blog on speaking would begin with a session on structure. The answer is simple. Most people do not realise that, unlike written material, oral…

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Creating a story

We all love stories. Every age, every culture, everyone loves a story. That’s why  in your speech or presentation, you should use stories or anecdotes often to illustrate a point. …

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Visual aids

How many times has a presentation been ruined for you by a Power Point presentation that is too small to read, too busy to read or too full of distractions…

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Using humour

Being funny is not as easy as it looks, especially if you are not already known for your amazing sense of humour. So, if you want to make a funny…

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How to decrease nerves

Everyone gets nervous when they need to speak, except for a few rare birds, who wonder what all the fuss is about. So, if you feel scared when you think…

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Answering questions

Before you begin your presentation, ask the introducer to include, “XXX  (your name) will answer questions at the end.” At the end of your presentation, which should finish with a…

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Body Language

Our bodies talk louder than our words. If you say something happy but look sad, the audience will believe you are sad or sarcastic. Body language is everything non-verbal in…

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The Power of the Pause

Most speakers do not pause enough. It’s usually due to nerves. They want to finish as quickly as possible. They do not get the fact that when they go too fast…

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