Public speaking doesn't have to be terrifying. It is all about delivering a clear message in a way that captures your audience's attention.
We asked 11 experts for their favourite quick tip when it comes to giving a professional and polished presentation.
'Be prepared. Know your subject matter and know your audience.'
~ Sharyn Ivory
'Begin with the end in mind, which is, What is the next step to take?'
~ Michael Hartzell
'Self-depreciating humour is extremely powerful!'
~ Ben Gay III
'Keeping in mind what's in it for them.'
~ Dorothy Garlough
'Your audience will never be interested in you until they know you are sincerely interested in them.'
~ Deb Bateman
'Whether you think you're going to be great, or think you're going to be awful – you'll be right.'
~ Mel Glazer
'First and foremost, be confident, because… confidence sells.'
~ Dale Klein
'Really know your audience.'
~ Carlos Samamé
'Be authentic and know that you can't please everyone.'
~ Janice Marie Hunt
'Always have a Plan B just in case things change at the last minute.'
~ Choon Mah-Meggett
'Be authentic and be yourself.'
~ Sally Bonkrude
Giving a great speech is something that can be learnt with both practise and experience. Through good preparation and clear focus, you can give yourself the best chance of delivering that confident performance.
Do you have a favourite speaking tip? What would you add to this list?