When you present at work, your words have power

When you present at work, your words have power

It’s not always what you say… it’s how you say it

Of course, your body language tells your audience a lot (are you nervous or can they trust you?) but how you convey your content will decide whether your messages ultimately hit their mark.

Most people think they just need to stand up and speak to get across what they want to say. Yet we all know presenters who mumble, talk too fast or have a dull monotonous tone to their voice which sends the audience to sleep.

There are some great tricks you can use to bring your presentation to life.

Accentuating important words is a great one. Or you can decide where to pause in a sentence (ideal for people who speak too quickly) or add an upward or downward inflection at the end.

You can change the meaning of a sentence simply by stressing a different word.

You can change the meaning of a sentence simply by stressing a different word.

Read the following sentence out loud a few times, but put the emphasis on a different word each time.

For example:

We are trying to raise awareness of the lack of innovation in the world of public speaking.”

Now try emphasising the words ‘raise awareness’

“We are trying to raise awareness of the lack of innovation in the world of public speaking.”

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