The magic of public speaking is getting in front of a group of people and making a connection. You should come on stage and see the people in front of you as the most important people in your life. You are bringing them a message that they need. Otherwise you are wasting their time. If you have that intent, a strong message and a solid stage presence, then your speech will be engaging. Learning to have stage presence is something that we practice in Toastmasters. Toastmasters is an international speaking organization with clubs all around the world in as many languages. If you're interested in becoming a better public speaker then check out a Toastmasters club in your area. In this post we look at what goes into being an engaging speaker. We will look at the secret sauce; the chemistry.
Practice public speaking to improve your English as well as build your confidence in groups. Keep speaking up!
Blue language is a euphemism, or another way of saying, profanity, i.e. cussing, cursing, or using bad words. We teach children not to say bad words, but a lot of us seem to learn that it helps to relieve stress, or to quickly turn a stranger into a drinking buddy. It can also turn people off. Some people do find cussing offensive or the result of a weak vocabulary. Okay, different strokes for different folks; just remember sprinkling your vocabulary with profanity is a little like adding hot sauce: it’s to taste, not to drink.
Small talk creates involuntary bathroom attendants. We've all seen them, people who hang out in the bathroom, perhaps they've handed you a paper towel? These people will do anything to not have to walk into a party or business event and talk to strangers. They are the human "Hoovers" they open a vacuum around themselves that is hard to fill, because they are so uncomfortable with small talk. Don't be that person. Don't think of small talk as a chore, but an opportunity to learn something, meet interesting people, and practice being approachable. What do you say to make a great impression? The best impression you can make is to shape your lips around your teeth, I mean, smile. :)
Please let me know if you have some small talk techniques that you use. List them below.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, ELT
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