Sunday, July 16, 2006

Master Public Speaking

Master Public Speaking

In this, the first part of Master Public Speaking we are going to discuss the nuts and bolts of speech, to understand how to best hone and harness them in our efforts and attempts at public speaking. Paying close attention to all vocal elements: Enabling Breathing, Harnessing your vocal physical utilities, Vocal routines and care are essential for mastering the fundamentals of public speaking. Even if you feel confident in your own ability, prowess and competence, there is always room for improvement and getting back to basics is always a good first step. If you strengthen your fundamental skills, you will have that much stronger of a foundation to work from, moving forward.

If you pay close attention to relaxing, posture and a variety of breathing techniques and exercises, you will benefit tremendously from the conditioning and before you know it, it will become second nature almost overnight and it will be easier for you to master public speaking.

Posture is everything and as you prepare for your daily regimen and routines, vocal exercises, prepare yourself by taking the following steps:

Standing relaxed, easily and naturally

With good body posture and standing tall and upright

Your chest area will be engaged in breathing and your shoulders lowered (not anxiously raised!)

Hold your chin relaxed and levelStand with one foot slightly forward (left of right that is up to you, whichever you feel most comfortable) to stabilize and balance yourself.

Place your heels at a 45-degree angle and keep your knees straight Place the full weight of your body on your toesPlace your arms at your side

Breathe in and out deeply, gradually and naturally. Try and do this as a set-up routine with regularity, not only will it help you with the discipline and establishing good habits, it will breed familiarity and comfort in these routines will soon become as natural to you as ‘breathing’, which I will talk about in a future post. Alternatively, you can sign up for my free mini-course, if you haven't done so already, which will give you step by step tips and advice that will help you to master public speaking.

You will tap tremendously into the energizing qualities and rewards of these exercises and practice sessions, if you hold some positive and suitable thoughts or goals in minds. In no time you will learn how to master public speaking.

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Blogger Deborah said...

Love your blog.

I agree with you wholeheartedly that mastering your voice and the fundamentals is vital to long term public speaking success and ultimately to full self-expression.

I prefer to warm up the body and the voice first. By doing this we get out of our own way and then can shine naturally in our own unique light.

I'll keep coming back to your blog. You can visit mine at

I don't post that frequently due to the fact that I'm the mother of a very active 2 year old.

Do check out my website at for about 30 minutes of free audio & video training and lots of articles.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom and passion for public speaking with us.

You've inspired me to blog more frequently about public speaking.

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Blogger Deborah said...

You visited my and left a comment. Unfortunately, it got accidentally deleted instead of getting posted. Do visit again - I'd love to publish your comments.

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Blogger Simon Raybould said...

Good points!

Like you I'm a voice & presentation skills trainer and I find that nerves is the biggest killer for most of my clients. Standing as you suggest is clearly a good idea, but when newbies are nervous it's hard for them to remember it all! Despite that, can I add something? :)

Don't just breathe deeply, make sure it's from the diaphragm, not using your chest or shoulders. (Easier said than done, I know). Otherwise it'll just kick off the Fight-or-Flight Syndrome and you're just making matters worse!


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