Nervousness is natural before making presentations but there is help at hand in toastmaster clubs.
Regardless of your preparation beforehand, nervousness, to varying degrees is inevitable…and natural. Even the most experienced of speakers are nervous before a speech or presentation but they know how to control that nervousness and indeed turn in into positive energy that adds to their presentation.
If your palms sweat and your knees shake, let them. Focus on your material, you have it prepared and rehearsed and very soon into your delivery you will find that your nervousness will dissipate.
When you are being introduced or just before you start, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. This will make your voice sound resonant and natural.
While speaking, make eye contact with as many members of the audience as possible so no one feels left out of your talk.
There are of course many more skills to be learned in making a presentation such as, how to use hand gestures, when to use humour, body movement, voice projection etc and these are learned and practiced at every Toastmasters meeting.
Remember that Toastmasters is about people developing their public speaking and leadership skills by practicing in a comfortable sociable environment with other learners.
Why don’t you come along to any one of our meetings and see for yourself?
You will be delighted that you did and we would be delighted to meet you.
Speak Easy Toastmasters meet on alternate Thursdays at 8pm at the Hibernian Hotel Mallow. Next meeting Thurs 18th April.
Non members are most welcome and never asked to speak.
Contact Jerry 0863752895,or Noel 0872427485.
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