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Fearful Public Speakers..Try Our 7 “STOP” Public Speaking Tips…

Sam Xu
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“Stop panicking, take your head out of the sand and Start Doing” –

7 public speaking tips that all begin with the word STOP!

 

1. Stop – Do not open Powerpoint!! 

Ditch the Powerpoint and get pen and paper out instead. Making Powerpoint your first port-of-call keeps you from thinking about what you actually want to achieve in your presentation.

2. Stop – Thinking about yourself!

Sure you’re nervous but it’s not about you! Focus instead on your audience & on helping them to engage, listen and understand

3. Stop – Waffling

Instead of chucking lots of information at your audience in the vague hope that something will stick, focus on the following:

  • How will I get the attention of my audience
  • How will I keep it
  • How will I ensure they remember what I need them to remember 

4. Stop – Rehearsing silently in your head

What can sound very well in your head may not sound well spoken aloud.  To reduce your nerves when public speaking you have to hear yourself aloud numerous times and ideally standing up.  This will ensure a confident delivery.  

5. Stop – Panicking about Q&A 

Based on the subject of your presentation try to anticipate the kind of questions you might get, write them down and prepare some answers in advance.

6. Stop – Leaving it to chance and ‘Stage Manage Your Own Success’ 

Take ownership for your public speaking opportunity by anticipating what could possibly go wrong using this initial checklist:

  • What is the layout of the room
  • Have I all the required materials.
  • Have I checked and double checked the technology – compatibility, backup, etc.

7. Stop – Panicking

 

If you follow the 6 public speaking tips above – the more ownership you will take, the more control you will have and the less nerves you will have.

“It’s time to start enjoying your public speaking opportunity and start connecting and engaging a happy audience”

 

 

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Seven Public Speaking Tips to Make Any Audience Sit Up and Listen

Interested in public speaking for pleasure or business? Here are seven public speaking tips and techniques you should learn to help you win over any audience.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

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Perhaps Maya Angelou, the great author, said it best:

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

If you think you’re in need of some public speaking tips, I think this is the key thing to remember about any engagement.

Have you ever felt that your audience looked a little disengaged or passive when you’re giving a presentation?

Or are you afraid of that coming to pass?

Here are seven quick but highly effective public speaking tips and techniques that have been proven to work time and time again.

Public Speaking Tips, 1. The Three-Point List

By structuring a message into a three-point list, you both strengthen and amplify a message. A three-point list (also known as “the rule of three”) gives the audience time to recognize and react appropriately.

An audience can easily remember lists of three.

For example, everyone remembers “a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play”, right?

Barack Obama and Steve Jobs are examples of excellent speakers who regularly used the three-point list device.

Public Speaking Tips, 2. Use metaphor, analogy and story

Using these throughout a presentation will evoke people’s imagination.

For example, in one of David Cameron’s speeches as Conservative Party leader before he became British Prime Minister, he said:

Yes, there is a steep climb ahead … but the view from the summit will be worth it.

By embedding honest personal stories (but don’t make them up, it sounds fake) into the presentation, you will bring a human touch which people connect with immediately.

Public Speaking Tips, 3. Use of contrast

Using contrast in your presentation provides a puzzle, arouses curiosity and opens the way for a punch line.

Public Speaking Tips, 4. Ask Rhetorical Questions

Using rhetorical questions will stimulate thinking, it will evoke curiosity.

It also qualifies the point you wish to make.

Public Speaking Tips, 5. Get Personal

Use a conversational style – an audience connects much better when they feel they are being talked to as opposed to talked at.

Use of the words “I”, “we” and “our” involves the audience as if they are on the journey also.

Public Speaking Tips, 6. Connect and Commit to Every Word

It sounds like an obvious presentation skill, but just thinking about what you are saying and how you would like the audience to feel is very powerful.

Many presenters present like they are “going through the motions”.

If you give each word appropriate time and weight your audience will feel like you have really thought about your message. Don’t rush, there is no urgency. This will always draw the audience in.

Public Speaking Tips, 7. Let Physical Presence Add to Your Vocal Power

Thinking about how you look and sound is a presentation skill that is often underestimated.

Standing composed and grounded adds weight to any presenter and gives the audience confidence in the speaker. Emphasis and energy well used at the appropriate times will carry an audience along with you.

So, go on give these techniques a go and see what happens in your next presentation.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

(Main picture credit: Kane Reinholdtsen on Unsplash)

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Fear of Public Speaking? Follow These Steve Steps to Overcome It

Are you afraid of public speaking? Rest assured that you are not alone. Fear of public speaking is more common than you may think.  So common, in fact, that it has even been officially recognised as a phobia: glossophobia affects as many as 75% of us. Here we outline seven steps you can take towards reducing your fear of public speaking and wowing any audience.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

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Steps to overcoming your fear of public speaking, 1: Stop panicking, start planning

The number one way to overcome a fear of public speaking—indeed, a fear of anything—is to consciously remove emotions from the equation and analyse the fear rationally.

It’s all in the planning! So take pen and paper in hand, and ask yourself these two quick questions:

  1. Why are you speaking in public?
  2. What do you want to achieve by the end of your talk?

Answering these two questions (don’t spare on the detail!) will set you on the road to overcoming your public speaking anxiety.

Once you do that, you can move on to spending the time required to understanding your audience and their needs and view of the world, and preparing your content for that audience.

This preparation will help you both to craft a message that engages your audience, and to achieve what you want from the presentation.

Once you’ve planned thoroughly, and are comfortable with your material, rehearse—aloud!—as often as you can.

Step 2: Public speaking is about your audience, not you!

In my experience, through well over a decade of working with some of the most successful business men and women in Ireland and abroad to help them hone their speaking communications, I have learned one thing about the fear of public speaking.

Most people who suffer from this public speaking anxiety make one key mistake: their primary focus is on themselves and their fear of public speaking.

You must remember, however, that you are presenting to them.

It is their presentation. Without your audience, there is no presentation!

If you move the focus away from yourself and on to the audience, this will take the pressure off you.

How? Move on to step 3!

Step 3: So focus instead on your audience

Ask yourself:

  1. Who is my audience
  2. Why are they there?
  3. What is relevant to them?
  4. What questions are going through their minds?

Pondering these questions will help you quiet your own nerves about public speaking and tailor your content, message and delivery for the people who matter.

Step 4: Talk to your audience (not at them!)

Think of your audience as your friends.

Use simple jargon free language in a conversational style.

It may even help to think of your audience as a single, friendly person, and speak directly to them.

This will help you calm your fear of public speaking when you get up on stage.

Step 5: You’ve gotta keep breathing

Take the time to breathe deep inside your ribcage as opposed to high in the chest.

Breathing for public speaking takes practice but it works.

Working on your breath helps to reduce nerves and gain control.

Step 6: The public does not see your fear

You need to think about this as soon as you walk into that room.

Be aware of how you walk, how you stand and how you “own the space”.

Slow everything down.

Think tall, stand tall, walk tall.

Step 7: Think about what your voice is saying about you

Speak slowly and clearly and make every word count.

If your voice lacks energy and emotion—your audience will tune out.

Ask yourself—what emotion do you want your audience to feel.

Interest? Excitement? Curiosity?

You then need to convey this emotion in your voice.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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Tips to improve your Speaking Voice

Forget “How Now Brown Cow”. Here’s Five Voice and Elocution Lessons for the 21st Century

Oprah Communications Guide

The Oprah Communications Manual in 8 Easy Steps

When we set out to become the best speaker or communicator we can possibly be, it can really pay to select some role models and learn from the best. Here, we take a look at Oprah Winfrey’s techniques and break down a series of tips and tactics straight out of the Oprah communications manual.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Oprah Communications Guide

It’s hardly revolutionary to say it, but Oprah is one clever lady!

The American TV host—and, who knows, possible future United States President!—is one of the most influential communicators in the world, and her communication style has earned her the love of millions worldwide.

Oprah routinely shares great advice on becoming a great executive communicator.

So let’s see what she can teach us about effective communication.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 1: It’s a conversation

Lectures are boring whereas conversations are interesting.

So Oprah doesn’t lecture. Instead, she converses with her audience. If you listen to Oprah’s show, you feel as though you are talking to her one-on-one.

When presenting, this is the feeling you want to give your audience—make each audience member feel as though you are talking to him or her individually.

When creating your speeches and presentations, forget the big fancy words and the complicated terminology. Read over the script and make sure it sounds conversational.

Ask yourself simply:

Is this how I would talk to a friend?

After all, a speech/presentation is a simply a conversation you are having with many people.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 2: Open with a big promise

Oprah always opens her show with a Big Promise. She provides her audience members with a roadmap (an outline) of all the exciting things that will happen during the show.

To pick out just one example:

Today on Oprah, Dr. Phil will show you five easy steps to reigniting the romance in your relationships. After that, Suze Orman will show you how to eliminate all your credit card debt…

If applicable, then provide your audience with a quick outline of value that they are going to get out of your speech.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 3: Share personal stories

Oprah shares plenty of personal stories about her successes and struggles.

These personal stories create rapport with the audience.

Personal stories are interesting to listen to, and they’re also memorable.

When creating your speeches and presentation, see which personal stories you can use to back up your core message.

They add credibility to your message and make your speech interesting.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 4: Show your audience you’re just like them

By sharing her personal stories, Oprah managed to show her viewers that she was just like them.

For example, even though Oprah is a billionaire, her personal stories about her struggle with weight-loss made her seem like “one of us” and thus gave her the ability to connect with her viewers.

If you want to inspire people with your message, if you want your audience to connect with you, you need to make them feel that you’re just like them.

Share your successes, by all means, but make sure you don’t forget to also share your struggles…

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 5: Show them you care about them

Once you’ve established that you are just like your audience, the next step is to prove to them you really care about them and their problems, struggles and challenges.

Oprah made her viewers feel that she cared about them.

She did this by empathizing with their struggles and letting them know that she was facing those very same struggles.

When giving your speech, let your audience know that you care about them and then tell them why.

For example, you may have faced a similar situation in the past.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 6: Stand for something bigger than yourself

Your speech can’t be all about you. It has to stand for something bigger than yourself.

Oprah’s show stood for: “Live Your Best Life”.

What do you stand for?

And what value will your speech provide your audience?

It really pays to think about these questions before any speech, talk or presentation—and that applies equally to personal and business communications.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 7: Make it emotional

Oprah’s stories of struggles and successes were full of emotion.

Why is it important to invest your communications with emotion?

Because the truth is that emotion is the fuel that drives action.

If you want your audience to take action, then you need to use emotional stories that will touch them and inspire them.

The Oprah Communications Guide, Part 8: End with enthusiasm

End on a high note.

Make sure that when your audience leaves the room, they leave feeling excited and hopeful.

Craft the ending of your speech/presentation so that your audience leaves feeling hopeful about the future.

Conclusion

A quick recap of the guide to communications according to Oprah, one of the best in the business:

  • It’s a conversation
  • Open with a big promise
  • Share personal stories
  • Let your audience know you’re just like them
  • Show them you care about them
  • Stand for something bigger than yourself
  • Bring the emotion
  • End with enthusiasm

There you have it. The Oprah Communications Manual in a nutshell.

What elements of this do you think can you bring into your next talk, speech or presentation?

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives.

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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Voice Coaching Advice From ‘The Real King’s Speech’ – Keep Breathing

Great documentary last night on Channel 4 looking at the true story which the film, The Kings speech is based upon. I found the documentary interesting in relation to the approach Lionel Logue and his voice coaching advice.

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Basically, The BAFTA and Oscar-nominated film The King’s Speech highlights the inspiring story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome his crippling stammer.

What struck a cord with me in this documentary were the contributions by other patients of Lionel Logue.

 

The documentary was set in a time in British history that fused the issue of the King’s stammer  with an emerging age of mass communications economic depression and global instability.  but must importantly a period of British history when the monarchy needed to show leadership and confidence.  Unfortunately for the king he had had to overcome a key physical and communication limitation.

 

Importance Of Correct Breathing

What was very evident from the documentary was the importance of correct breathing to help with the stammer.

As a voice coach, I constantly focus on the importance of breathing to establish composure and confidence.

Learning to breath correctly was a hugely significant factor in the King overcoming his stammer. When he had control of his stammer, his audiences got a sense of  gravitas.  His delivery had the slow pace, with a clear and articulate style.

 

So for anyone a little nervous of speaking in public my voice coaching advice is to  “Remember to Breathe”.  Breathing helps establish presence, gravitas and confidence.

 

 

Confident Speak is a Presentation, Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland. We have worked with leading Irish and international companies and executives.  

Contact us for details on how we can help and give you advice on voice coaching – and building vocal presence when you speak

t – +353 1 9696056

e – info@confidentspeak.com

 

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TED Talk advice

Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk: What You Can Learn

Jamie Oliver's TED Talk: What You Can LearnJamie Oliver’s TED talk saw one of the world’s best-loved TV chefs shares powerful stories from his anti-obesity project.  The famous British TV chef and food campaigner makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.  I thought it would be useful to use his talk as a reference point for TED talk advice—what worked, and what I felt did not.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

What works for me in Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk?

1. His Passion & Energy

God is he passionate about his subject matter.  He’s got energy  in bucket loads – in his language, delivery and stage presence.

2. He is Natural & Honest

What you see is what you get – like him or not.    No airs, No graces.  No changing who he is for a foreign audience – perhaps it’s his celebrity status though.

3. Both Oliver’s Message and Its Delivery Are Filled With Simplicity

He’s got a powerful message, delivered with simplicity.  His language, and story telling makes it simply powerful.

4. He Makes a Deep Connection with His Audience

Through use of story, analogy, personal experience – he’s got the audience in the palm of his hands.

5. The Q-Card Debate

I get asked regularly in training about the use of cue-cards. People think they are unprofessional, and that it looks like you’re not very confident in either your message or your ability to deliver it.

Well he’s got them, just in case he loses concentration, and it doesn’t detract from the talk at all.

Better to have them, than lose track.

6. He Offers a Little Shock Factor

Plenty of relevant shocking facts, personal stories, and statistics – keeping everyone thinking and on their toes.

7. He Uses Props & Visual Aids Effectively

Very effective use of video footage throughout – gives the audience a break from him and his regular rants!  The video footage of Jamie in the school asking kids what he was holding (a potato) – and they didn’t know!

The prop used to demonstrate sugar was great,  a wheel barrow full of sugar poured on stage! brave, and effective.

8. Clap trap

The skill to ensure the audience claps at certain times throughout—Jamie has it mastered.

This takes skill to pull it off naturally. It needs clever vocal delivery—pace, suspensive pause and inflection—but he did well on this note.

9. Finishing With a Clear Call to Action

Jamie finishes his talk with a very clear call to action.

Notice how he slows everything down, and the very clear silence before he delivers the call to action—it’s very effective. There is absolutely no getting away from what he wants the audience to do.

What doesn’t work for me in Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk?

1. He’s a Moving Target

I didn’t like the way he paced the floor throughout,  I find it distracting.  I always believe put the energy into your vocal delivery, and move only for a reason and with purpose.

2. He Talks at his Audience, Not to Them

Well I always say don’t talk at your audience, talk too them – well he seems to break the rule – he certainly talks at them and is regularly lecturish, but he gets away with it, simply because he’s message is so thought provoking, and maybe he gets away with it because he brings in one-lines throughout, and maybe simply because of his celebrity status!

3. PowerPoint

If he was going to use PowerPoint slides, he could have used cooler, more engaging graphics. Instead, the visuals and slides he used on-screen did little to serve his message or delivery.

Conclusion

So the question is: could anyone learn from Jamie Oliver’s TED talk, and do what he did in front of a large live audience?

Well if you’re passionate enough about a topic, if you believe in your message and you’re willing to put in the work, absolutely you can.

We hope this breakdown of Jamie Oliver’s TED talk offers you some useful advice for your own delivery in your professional presentations or public speaking engagements.

Now off you go and get on the stage!

Here’s Jamie Oliver’s TED talk in full

It’s 20 minutes and it’s a powerful message.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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Ten Sales Pitch Mistakes We’ve Seen Over and Over Again on Dragons’ Den

Looking for some sales pitch tips? You’d think popular TV show Dragons’ Den would be the place to learn some great sales presentation techniques. However, there are so many sales pitch mistakes made on the show—over and over and over again. Here we share ten recurring mistakes we’ve witnessed—in the hope that you can avoid where others have gone before. Enjoy!

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Dragons' Den sales pitch mistakes

1. Having a Poorly Structured Pitch

No thought about what makes a strong pitch – people seem to think that just because they understand and believe in the business idea,  everyone else will also – it doesn’t work like that.  You need to really understand what makes a strong pitch – do your homework!

2. Using Complex Jargon

Using complicated language does not make you look smart it just confuses the investor.

3. Not Carrying Out the Required Research

Not having researched the profile of each Dragon/investor.   It is vital that you know who the investors are and their possible interests/conflicts. Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about the investors – why should they invest?

4. Poor Preparation for Question Time

Not thinking about the answers to “nasty questions” investors may ask.  You then become frustrated and confused.   Do your homework!

5. Not Rehearsing

If you haven’t rehearsed aloud, how do you expect to sound confident and relaxed?

6. Speaking Too Quickly

Having spent no time rehearsing , you get nervous and speak too quickly, this confuses and lacks confidence. With a poorly structured pitch, you pack the business “life story” into the pitch – which just confuses even more!

7. No Thought Given to Body Language and Physical Presence

Poor entrance and weak body language screams lack of confidence. Decisions are made in the first 15 seconds about you.

8. Becoming Defensive

When things aren’t going your way, and investors aren’t biting you become defensive—remember it’s not personal it’s just business.

9. Poor Use of Props

Awkward, gimmicky props don’t enhance, they annoy.  If you are using a prop make sure it adds to your pitch and doesn’t confuse or detract and that you have practiced and know that it will work well.

10. Being a Dreamer

Unrealistic sales/profit projections – nothing annoys investors more than idealistic, improbable projections! Do your homework and be honest.

Please feel free to add your own sales pitch tips to this list.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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public speaking techniques - david cameron

Political Public Speaking Techniques – Secrets To David Cameron’s Speech Uncovered

There’s a lot to be learned from studying political public speaking techniques. Here we take a closer look at a speech by then British Conservative Party leader David Cameron at the Conservative Party Conference in October 2009.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

political public speaking techniquesDavid Cameron’s pitch at the Conservative Party Conference of 2009 was “high on rhetoric, scarce on policy”, or so the critics said.

But I’m not so interested in the policy of the politics. I study politicians for their communications techniques.

And I believe that as a piece of communication, Cameron’s 2009 speech, or several elements of it at least, certainly worked for me.

When it comes to political public speaking, here’s the thing.

There is a formula that Cameron and many other politicians use.

Therefore I thought it would be useful to share ten public speaking techniques Cameron used in this 2009 speech to enhance the success of imparting his message to his audience.

 

1. The Three-Point List

By structuring his messages into three-point lists he strengthens and amplifies his message.

A three-point list gives the audience time to recognise and react appropriately.

An audience can easily remember lists of three hence there are many three-point statements throughout the speech. Listen, for example, to his use of “family, community, country”.

(Barack Obama was another famous exponent of the three-point list technique.)

2. His Use of Contrast

By using contrast in public speaking, it provides a puzzle and it arouses curiosity. As such it opens the way for a punch line.

For example:

We all know how bad things are, massive debt, social breakdown, political disenchantment. But what I want to talk about today is how good things could be.

Of course, Cameron was leader of the Opposition at this point, so talking in this manner was easier in Opposition than it would be in Government.

3. Similarity & Repetition

He uses similarity and repetition in the language he uses, in the length of his sentences and even in his grammar. This helps an audience remember and adds weight and emphasis to his message.

For example:

None of this will be easy. We will be tested. I will be tested. I’m ready for that – and so I believe, are the British people. So yes, there is a steep climb ahead. But I tell you this. The view from the summit will be worth it.

4. Use of Metaphor/Analogy

He  uses metophor and analogy throughout his speech.  This is done to evoke people’s imagination.

The “steep climb ahead / view from the summit example” above also fits the bill here.

5. Rhetorical questions

He uses rhetorical questions to stimulates thinking, it evokes curiosity.  It also qualifies the point he wishes to make.

For example:

Yes, we need to change the way we live. But is that such a bad thing? The insatiable consumption and materialism of the past decade, has it made us happier or more fulfilled?

6. Personal Language

He uses a conversational style, and people automatically connect with that.

They will feel they are being talked to as opposed to talked at.

He also uses  “I”, “we” and  “our” throughout this speech.

Involving the audience as if they were with him on the journey will engage listeners.

For example:

The problems we face are big and urgent. Rebuilding our broken economy … because unless we do, our children will be saddled with debt for decades to come.

Mending our broken society … because unless we do, we will never solve those stubborn social problems that cause the size of government to rise.

Fixing our broken politics … because unless we do, we will never reform public services, never see the strong, powerful citizens who will build the responsible society that we all want to see.

7. He Uses Story to Great Effect

By embedding honest and personal stories into the speech brings a human touch which again connects with people immediately.

For example:

I know how lucky I’ve been to have the chances I had.

And I know there are children growing up in Britain today who will never know the love of a father. Who are born in homes that hold them back. Who go to schools that keep them back.

Children who will never start a business, never raise a family, never see the world. Children who will live the life they’re given, not the life they want. That is what I want to change. I want every child to have the chances I had. That is why I’m standing here.

8. Commitment to every word

I felt he was connected and committed to his message.

He gives each word appropriate time and appropriate weight. It feels like he has thought about every word he spoke. There is no rushing, no great urgency and this draws the audience in.

9. He Has a Strong Vocal Delivery

Pretty good use of pace and timing, and both emphasis and energy are well used at the appropriate times.

10. His Overall Presence

Standing there, composed and grounded with no movement adds weight to his presence. It gives the audience confidence in the speaker.

Some Areas Where Improvement is Required!

Timing

Research has uncovered that the average duration of an enthusiastic applause is 7-8 seconds.

However, instead of moving forward with a well-timed restart, Cameron waits for the audience to finish clapping and hence he loses the momentum of the message, and with it too an element of charisma.

Never Wait for the Applause!

Pausing and waiting for the audience to clap is a faux pas which he did a number of times.

This removes the sense of spontaneity. A great public speaker needs to be even more committed to his message than to accepting praise.

Here are some links to the speech in full.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

voice coaching

Five things David Beckham’s Voice Coach Might Work On

David Beckham’s voice has been the subject of plenty of attention down the years, but the news that the football superstar plans to hire a voice coach is an interesting development. 

Note: This blog was originally published in 2010

What David Beckham's Voice Coach Might Work On

It has been reported that David Beckham feels the need to have voice coaching.

“But why?” you might ask.

Well, it turns out he’s thinking about his career after soccer, and fancies getting into the movies. Hence he’s decided to become more aware of what he actually sounds like as opposed to just what he looks like!

David wants to deepen his voice, or to be more accurate actually lower his voice.

While I think David Beckham’s voice coach will have their work cut out, it would certainly be an interesting project to work on!

Here’s five things I think David Beckham’s voice coach will need to do with his voice.

1. Get him to breath properly

What I mean is to learn to breath deeper into the body.

Beckham currently breaths high in his chest this affects the quality of his voice.

He will need to start focusing on the centre of the body,  allowing the belly to move.

Breathing correctly automatically insures the voice is more resonant.

2. Release tension

Tension has a negative impact on the voice.

If there is tension in areas like the belly, jaw, shoulders and neck this will tighten the voice and strangulate the voice.

So, David, it’s time to loosen out those muscles!

Listen to the clip below. It’s clear that “Tense Jaw =  Trapped Voice”.

3. Some Pitch Range Exercises

A different type of pitch than David Beckham is used to!

Beckham speaks with a “head voice”, so there is little depth.

I imagine his voice coach will start to develop a more resonant voice through a combination of the following:

  • Pitch range exercises
  • Humming and sirening exercises
  • Balancing resonator exercises

4. Reducing the Nasal Reliance

There’s no doubt that David Beckham’s voice has also got strong “nasality”.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, just that lots of sounds and words come down the nose.

So there’s plenty of work for a voice coach to do there.

5. Improve articulation

Improving articulation is not about making Beckham an expert public speaker.

In this context, all I mean is to improve the clarity of his words.

In simple terms make the jaw, lips and tongue work a bit harder to form sounds.

Currently in Beckham’s case they appear lazy—which isn’t exactly uncommon in professional sportspeople. (He might not be lazy on the practice ground, but he may well be lazy in practising his speech!)

Other things he will need to work on with regard to articulation include correcting certain consonant sounds and working on a little bit of accent softening.

Will David Beckham’s voice coach make voice coaching a glamorous must-have? That remains to be seen!

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