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Professional Speaker Reveals Key to Successful Public Speaking


Professional speakers always get to know their equipment before giving a speech

Professional speakers always get to know their equipment before giving a speech.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

Ever find it difficult to engage an audience with your speech? Do you feel like your talks are missing that certain something? Professional speakers swear by the following pieces of advice:

  • Take care of your appearance. Not only will people be more willing to trust someone who looks well turned out and professional, but it will make you feel more relaxed and confident.
  • Become familiar with your surroundings. Take a look at the venue of your speech, get to know how the overhead display, computer hook-ups and sound system works (if you will be using these) and anything else to prevent unexpected events!
  • Know what you’re talking about and practice it! Do your research and know exactly what you are going to say. Being prepared is the best way to feel relaxed and confident.
  • Know your audience. Target your speech correctly, know when using humor is appropriate or when a more serious approach is required. Correct targeting will mean that your audience will respond better to what you say.
  • Pace yourself. Take a deep breath and go slowly. There is no such thing as too slowly! Everyone suffers from fast-talking when it comes to public speaking so just take it easy.
  • Make eye contact. Looking at the floor is a no go and whilst occasionally glancing at notes is fine, it should be avoided for an extended periods. People trust people who look them in the eye, so go for it!

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Public Speaking Tips from a Professional Speaker for Real Time Events

Everyone makes mistakes. As professional speakers say, don't apologize for them. Continue your speech and don't break the flow.

Everyone makes mistakes. As professional speakers say, don’t apologize for them. Continue your speech and don’t break the flow.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

As all professional speakers know, stuff happens during presentations. These real time events require a quick wit and are necessary to prevent the collapse of your presentation. In fact, your presentation just might have gotten a little better if you handle them smoothly enough. The point is, that the show must go on and little disturbances shouldn’t be made any larger than they really are.

Mess Ups

They’re bound to happen. Mistakes can come in any form and size, but a good public speaker can handle them all. Several professional speakers state that you should never apologize, and for good reason. Apologizing for technological difficulties or an error you made in information puts the mistake in the spotlight. This is awkward for everyone and the best solution is to use humor. Using humor makes light of a bad situation and can reset the flow of your presentation. If the lights go out suddenly, just blow it off with a light joke – “I guess it’s closing time.” – and continue with what you were saying.

Questions from the Audience

This is part of the show, after all. You can’t just talk for an hour and a half and expect the crowd to be silent. There’s no way to expect what they’ll ask so make sure you’ve mastered your topic. Don’t make your answer too long as there are other people who have something to ask. Remember, your answers are from the top of your head, but you are still a public speaker; don’t sink back into a casual way of speaking and absentmindedly hmm or umm.

It’s important not to panic as it just exaggerates the errors made. Trust the experience of these professional speakers; these tips were made to ensure that you maintain the flow of your presentation.

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A Professional Speaker Shares How to Conquer Your Public Speaking Fears

Professional speakers are very knowledgeable about the fears of public speaking; they've been through it, too. All eyes are on you, watching your every move.

Professional speakers are very knowledgeable about the fears of public speaking; they’ve been through it, too. All eyes are on you, watching your every move.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Every public speaker has felt some form of stage fright, even a professional speaker would admit to that. Whether it be the fear of making errors or shyness, there’s always a way to get over it. What people miss about public speaking is that it’s not about making a perfect word-for-word recitation of your written speech, it’s about getting your point across to an audience. They’re not listening to witness how great you are at memorizing, but listening to learn something. Get your point of view across, not your word count. This need for unneeded perfection is the most common source of anxiety and here’s how to control it.

Being a Master of Your Topic Is Better Than Memorizing a Speech

The reason for creating a speech is to have a guideline on what to say and in what order. There’s no need to take it to the extreme and imprint every word in their exact order into your head. Mastering your topic is a lot easier and more useful as you’ll never run out of things to say and you won’t need the speech to tell you what to say. If you know the topic like the back of your hand, you can ad-lib easily and not worry so much about your guidelines. A professional speaker doesn’t mind his speech when he’s on stage because he doesn’t need to and neither do you.

Practice Only As Much As You Need To

Practicing your speech is important so that you can add style and flare to your words. This is to prevent moments where you stutter or suddenly fall silent. It’s unnecessary to burn yourself out with hours upon hours of practice, even when you’re backstage waiting for your call. In fact, it’s possible to over-practice and hurt your performance. This is because you didn’t have enough time to…


The people you’re speaking to aren’t judges; it isn’t American Idol. You won’t be booed because of little mechanical mistakes and they don’t have a criteria to base your speech on. Besides, you’re the only one who has a copy of your speech so how will they notice the lines you left out or the words you didn’t say? Just relax and be moderate: over-practicing just causes stress.

Give your voice and eyes a rest, preparing your mind and body for a speech is just as important as performing well. Fear and anxiety are mostly self-created so don’t stress yourself out about the little things. Use the advice of a professional speaker and be more prepared and more confident when you get on stage.

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