10am - Taking the fear out of speaking in front of people


Some people love it, some people hate it and some people do whatever they can to avoid it!
But at some point you're probably going to have to stand in front of people and speak to them.
The sad thing, though, is that if you don't do it well, aside from all of the stress and anxiety it may cause, you'll probably end up making a bad impression and that bad impression can be as bad for your prospects as the stress could be for your health.

Points of interest from the lecture (Grocott, 2017)
I got so much out of this session, there were some excellent top tips for speaking in front of people. The tips can be broken up into the word SPEAKER, each letter of word is anther word meaning something to do when speaking in front of people.

S – Smile. If you smile people around you smile its infectious, so if you smile at the audience they smile back and you feel happy and positive.

P – Posture. Posture is very important, having your head high shoulders in line and feet shoulders width apart, hands by your side. Posture helps you breath properly as a by product of this.

E – Eye Contact. Keep eye contact with the audience but don’t look at one person for too long its uncomfortable for the other person and everyone else feels you aren’t talking to them.

A – Audible. Being audible is important you need to project your voice so people at the back of the room can hear you.

K – Know. Know what you are talking about, if you don’t know what you are talking about you wont be confident.

E – Express Yourself. Prepare and practice and most of all be yourself not someone else as people will know its not really you and they will loose respect for you.

R – Recipients. Remember your recipients and thank them.

Throughout each of the above points we had small tasks that help us understand each point and how to achieve it. More information can be found at http://www.intercog.co.uk/

Grocott, M. (2017) Taking the fear out of speaking in front of people [Lecture to future fest week] Staffordshire University 16th November.