Dos & Don’ts

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DO

  • Have direct eye contact with an individual at a time.
  • Speak to one individual at a time
  • Shift to another individual somewhere else randomly & NEVER LOOK at the Floor, OR at the ceiling NOT in thin air
  • USE SHORT SENTANCES AND WORDS YOU USE IN CONVERSATION
  • Speak deliberately
  • Talk loudly. Do not scream
  • Face the Audience and then speak & not while looking at slides or while writing on Black Board
  • Use your natural accent and never try to copy someone else

DON’Ts

  • Never insult someone. Never corner, joke about or embarrass a person.
  • Never beat your own drums
  • Never speak to fast – be slightly slower than your natural speed
  •  Never jump to answer a Question from the audience — Throw it back – ask 2 – compile
  • Never speak with your back to audience – pointing or writing.
  • Never read. Note important points – Highlight – likely to forget
  • Never apologize – Keep going -Don’t call attention to worst
  • After you have finished your speech pause briefly, take a couple of steps back and then return to your seat slowly
  • Never wink and show the relief as if you have escaped.
  •  Never run after you finish – After you have finished your speech pause briefly, take a couple of steps back and then return to your seat slowly
  • Never try to impress using big words. – try to simplify and make it understandable
  •  Never try manipulating the thought process of the Audience
  • Avoid Mumbling, Reading, Filler Words, Looking Down, Panning, Looking at the roof.
  • Avoid Overshooting Time Allotment 
  • Avoid Shouting but it is better than being too soft

BEST WAYS TO OPEN A SPEECH

OPENING  60 seconds is most critical.    Your opening should be Clear, Catchy & Creating an impact. It can be any of the following :-

  1. A question
  2.  A newsworthy incident
  3.  A startling statement
  4.  A quote
  5.  A human interest story
  6.  Elevator Pitch

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