The Speak Eazy Program helps the speaker master the art of speaking to an audience without fear or hesitancy. Each session is a blend of the following activities: speaking (answering questions, making notes and summarising given assignments which will be in the form of listening to talks, reading books, watching movies etc.)
1. Preparation of notes on topics given
2. Outlining notes
3. Sequencing of notes
4. Soft skills related to public speaking
5. Delivery of content
6. Prepared speeches
7. Impromptu speeches
Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
Practice, practice & practice! Rehearse out loud. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
Know the audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. ("One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
Visualise yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
Realise that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you.
Don’t apologise for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it.
Concentrate on the message – not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
Gain experience. Mainly, your speech should represent you — as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. Open Mindz can provide the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment by conducting speaking competitions for which you would
1. Plan appropriately.
3. Engage with your audience.
4. Pay attention to body language.
5. Think positively.
6. Cope with your nerves.
7. Watch recordings of your speeches.