Management Tip of the Day: 4 tips for speaking from a podium

Tue May 25, 2010 8:36am EDT
 
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(Reuters Life!) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). The opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"The podium can be an intimidating place. Even seasoned public speakers feel anxious when standing in front of a microphone. Here are four tips for making your next speech from the podium hum with confidence:

1. Keep your feet planted and stand up straight. This will convey poise and strength, even if that's not what you're feeling.

2. Don't memorize. Unless the speech is very short, the anxiety of trying to remember your lines will only make your task harder.

3. Find a place for your hands. Put your hands in one place - for example, on the sides of the podium - and then forget about them. You will bring them up naturally to gesture as long as they have a place to return to.

4. Practice, practice, practice. Rehearse as many times as you can, in an environment as close to the real experience as possible."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Speaking from a Podium: Simple Tips to Get Started" by Daniel Kennedy.

(Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

 
<p>In this file photo, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks at a federal designation for the Wall Street Historic District in New York March 5, 2007. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>