Presentation Tips for Public Speaking
Public speaking has never been my thing. In high school, I would rush through my presentations just to get them over with, and I would hardly look up from my notecards -- not because I didn't know my presentation, but because looking at my peers made me even more nervous (even though, chances are, most high schoolers aren't really paying attention while their peers speak anyway).
When I went to college at La Salle University in Philadelphia, I learned that all students, no matter what their major, had to take a public speaking class as a graduation requirement. Eek.
I entered my public speaking class the second semester of my freshman year with trepidation. We had to give five speeches for the class. It wasn't easy, but I got through the class, and you know what? I'm glad I was forced to take it. I still don't enjoy public speaking, but it's not something that keeps me up at night anymore.
For those of you who are like how I used to be and absolutely hate speaking in public speaking, here are some tips on how to be more effective while presenting. Remember to pause while speaking, make eye contact to see if you are connecting with your audience and stand up straight -- good posture exhibits confidence.
Please share your tips for giving a good presentation here!