Blog: Public Speaking Tips & Advice

Albert Mehrabian

Have you ever heard the adage that communication is only 7% verbal and 93% non-verbal, i.e. body language and vocal variety? You probably have, and if you have any sense at all, you have ignored it.

There are certain "truths" that are prima face false. And this is one of them. Asserting that what you say is the least important part of a speech insults not only the intelligence of your audience,…

The Trainer's First Impression

First impressions in any form of public communication are vital to the success of what follows.

Similarly, a trainer whose introduction to the session is slow, ponderous or unsure is setting up a low level of expectation and energy in the participants. This is difficult to alter. It is like a juggernaut set rolling in one direction that becomes incredibly difficult to divert in any other…

The Over-Friendly Trainer

It is a question every parent, every teacher and every trainer will ask themselves.

'Am I too strict, too soft - how do I find the right balance?'

Obviously there are a number of factors that will influence finding the right balance between formality and informality, such as: where the training is taking place; how committed and keen the attendees are to take part in the programme;…

Elocution Exercises for Chinese Speakers

Developing the budding speaker is wonderful work. It's wonderful work because you never stop learning yourself. Speakers from around the world have different vocal requirements. Working recently with many Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian and Singaporean speakers helped me to tune my ears to their specific needs. This group of speakers often has problems with these sounds taken from the international…

Training Credentials

Some trainers, young trainers particularly, are a bit uncomfortable giving a glowing account of their CV at the beginning of a training session.

They feel it sounds a bit arrogant ('I have done this and this, and here are my achievements'). But at the beginning of the day it is vital to set a good learning environment, for 2 reasons:

Firstly, it will assert your credentials, thereby…