Body Language and Nonverbal Cues (04:22)
Much of the information gathered from a speaker comes from nonverbal communication skills, like body language and tone of voice. Body language, facial expressions, and the placement of hands should be related to the subject matter. The goal is to be relatable to the audience.
Modes of Delivery (03:19)
Impromptu speeches occur when a speaker is not prepared, but comes up with the speech on the spot. Extemporaneous speeches are similar but have a bit more preparation behind them as the speaker is likely well-versed on the topic. Scripted speeches are pre-written to avoid any errors or spontaneity.
Location, Location, Location (03:41)
Space can be described as proxemics radiating out from the body, with intimate space being very close and public space being the farthest away. Speeches are usually given in public distance, but closing the distance to create intimacy can be powerful in speech delivery.
Use What You're Given: Audience Interaction and Time Limits (03:47)
To maximize the connection made with the audience, understanding the audience and what holds people's attention are valuable strategies. Body language and self-confidence are important, as are organization and audience involvement.
Improving Vocal Delivery (03:46)
Understanding the sound of one's own voice is important for being certain that a speech is effective; recording or videotaping a speech before performing it is a good idea. Eye contact, voice projection, and accurate pronunciation allow the audience to fully understand the information being shared.
Improving Nonverbal Delivery (04:46)
Because nonverbal communication is such a big part of public speaking, maintaining proper eye contact and body language is important. Walking away from the podium and using hand gestures can drive points home and maintain the audience's attention.
Minimizing Distractions (05:22)
Distractions that may affect an audience's ability to pay attention to a speech range from a hot room to low-flying aircraft and are all categorized as "noise." Using technology like a sound system can help diminish distractions and hold attention.
Preparing for Q&A (04:07)
It is likely that an audience will have questions following a speech. To prepare for a question and answer session, be aware of time length, review the speech outline, and check that sources are documented.
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