You may or may not know that Tunafish are members of JCI Manchester, and as members, we were pleased to hear about their Better Me, Better We program that launched earlier this year. The program focuses on a range of events to help individuals and businesses develop themselves and give back to the Manchester community. The first event was a Breakfast Briefing by Ilona Alcock which looked at 5 questions that can help you to become a better public speaker. We attended the event and here’s what we learnt….
Start with your Wonder Woman pose
The best speakers are those who at least look like they know what they are talking about, and this mainly comes from confidence. So Ilona’s great advice was before you step on stage to speak, take a moment to adjust your body language and take the Wonder Woman stance to start thinking positive and showing confidence.
Ask yourself the 5 questions
Without giving too much away (you need to attend a training session with Ilona) these are the key things to consider before you start planning your speech. Thinking more about your audience and the overall picture of your speech rather than just what you want to talk about, will help you plan a more effective presentation that your audience will want to pay attention to.
Finally, you’re not alone
A lot of people have a fear of public speaking, and as we learnt at the event some people (not mentioning any names) would rather jump out of a window than stand up in front of an audience. However, the only way to get better at something and to conquer your fears is to face it straight on and to keep trying. This is why a few members of Tunafish will be attending JCI’s Public Speaking Academy events this year, which you can find out more about here.