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10 helpful tips to improve public speaking

Use the following tips to help prepare for speaking in public – and if you’re still having trouble, get in touch for a little professional help.

Rehearse your speech

A huge amount of your success is determined before the presentation. Your audience will know if you didn’t rehearse. Taking time to practise beforehand minimizes your nervousness. The more comfortable you become with your material via rehearsing, the more comfortable you will be with your body language.   For Interviews that means anticipating possible questions and preparing model answers.

Closing and Opening

Try to memorize your opening and closing words. 90 seconds of each is enough. The most important thing your audience will remember is your closing. Second most important thing they’ll remember is your opener. Start with something attention grabbing, like a quote or statistic, which relates to your topic.

Use Family and Friends to help

Have a quiet dinner with a friend and go through your speech with them. You won’t be as concerned about your public speaking skills if you can feel at ease with your material.


Try not to make many changes in the last 24 hours. There is nothing worse than being re-writing your material at the last minute.


Make notes and review your notes and visual aids the evening before. Your notes should only be brief memory joggers in bullet form, and are NEVER read to the audience.


Eat a good breakfast the morning of your presentation. Even if you’re not speaking until that evening, feed your mind and body the proper fuel.


Check your appearance in a mirror before starting your speech. Knowing that you look good will give you an added feeling of confidence when you start to give your presentation.


Know your audience before designing your speech. What are their ages? Will they like a little humour or simply the facts. These are important things to think about when before putting together your speech or attending your interview.

Eye Contact

Keep eye contact look at the audience frequently to establish rapport and a connection.

Time Date and Venue

Lastly make sure to confirm the time, date, and place with the appropriate contact person. If possible, arrange to see the room ahead of time so you can practice visualizing in the exact location of your presentation. At the minimum, arrive at least one hour ahead of time.


For help with fear of public speaking contact me

Alix Needham

My techniques guarantee that you remain in control at every session. These techniques, developed over 25 years, are so effective that many issues can be addressed in as little as three sessions and my location in the very heart of London means you can book sessions to work around work.

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