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You have to lead a meeting or a conference for your colleagues, clients or partners. You wonder how you could make your speech successful. You can indeed learn how to speak in public and how to perform a good speech!

So how to speak with ease to your public and captivate them, in order to convey a strong message or to make them join a project? I will give you some advices!

First of all, ensure you are properly prepared! This involves three things:

  • Prepare your content well. Indeed, organize your words correctly to structure your presentation. Once it is ready, practice and repeat it! Repetition will allow you to memorize the content and to master it better! Your presentation will be all the more flexible and fluid. Indeed, if you practice, you can liberate yourself from the prerequisite "knowing my speech", making yourself more "available" to focus on other aspects, which we will deal with immediately!

  • When you are practicing, or just before your presentation, visualize the scene in a positive way, that means imagine yourself delivering your presentation and being successful. This will optimize your chances of succeeding your speech! Visualizing means reinforcing the elements in your memory. It also means optimizing your concentration and feeling more confident!

  • Work on your breathing, take deep breaths "from the belly" to relax and to improve your vocal performance. You can do this by putting your hand on your belly. Do breathing exercises before your presentation will indeed allow you to "pitch your voice to perfection” and to feel more comfortable with your diction and the rhythm of the speech.

Now is THE moment: Make your speech alive! To achieve this :

  • Work on the rhythm of your speech. Indeed, adapt your rhythm, your breath, your voice and your articulation. Try to have a clear and "fluent" diction and vary the tone of your voice. Using different kinds of media (ludic and interactive) also contributes to the rhythm of the presentation. Do not hesitate to make room for some silences. We are afraid of them, but they allow your audience to assimilate the information you give them, to integrate your message better. All this will help giving rhythm to your speech and maintaining the attention of your public. It is very difficult to pay attention to a monotonous speech, we end up "falling behind". So go ahead and give rhythm! And for that, here is another piece of advice:

  • Transmit emotions: By this I mean "involving your public". Do not just simply present the elements as a list or in a factual manner but make the audience actors. "You are part of" rather than "there is ...". Moreover, being convinced of the message you convey will encourage the support of your public. Giving rhythm to your speech by applying the advice given previously will also help you to convey emotions!

  • Finally, be aware of non-verbal language. That means the language of the body (posture, position of the head, the hands, the eyes, facial expressions). This is just as important as the message you have to convey! Your body will be there to “carry” your message. Relieve your body while remaining dynamic! To relieve your body, shake your arms, your legs in order to “relax” it. Opt for a relaxed but confident and dynamic position! And if you have the possibility (standing presentation) use the space available to you and move your gaze through the audience.

Apply all those pieces of advice, harmonize your speech, your voice and your gestures, and you will captivate your audience!


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Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

RÉFÉRENCES

  • Nikita A. (2011). Successful Public Speaking. (Link)
  • Carnegie D., Carnegie D. et Weyne D. (traduction). (1992). Comment parler en public. (Le livre de
    poche, 215p). (Original Title : The quick and easy way to effective speaking)
  • IUT de Roanne. (2016). La prise de parole en public - partie 1 : posture, gestuelle, gestion de
    l'espace. [Vidéo en ligne - YouTube]. (Ecriture ; Le Pontois S., Réalisation : Courtade F.). Consulté
    sur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNBfE85n2s
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You have to lead a meeting or a conference for your colleagues, clients or partners. You wonder how you could make your speech successful. You can indeed learn how to speak in public and how to perform a good speech!

So how to speak with ease to your public and captivate them, in order to convey a strong message or to make them join a project? I will give you some advices!

First of all, ensure you are properly prepared! This involves three things:

  • Prepare your content well. Indeed, organize your words correctly to structure your presentation. Once it is ready, practice and repeat it! Repetition will allow you to memorize the content and to master it better! Your presentation will be all the more flexible and fluid. Indeed, if you practice, you can liberate yourself from the prerequisite "knowing my speech", making yourself more "available" to focus on other aspects, which we will deal with immediately!
  • When you are practicing, or just before your presentation, visualize the scene in a positive way, that means imagine yourself delivering your presentation and being successful. This will optimize your chances of succeeding your speech! Visualizing means reinforcing the elements in your memory. It also means optimizing your concentration and feeling more confident!
  • Work on your breathing, take deep breaths "from the belly" to relax and to improve your vocal performance. You can do this by putting your hand on your belly. Do breathing exercises before your presentation will indeed allow you to "pitch your voice to perfection” and to feel more comfortable with your diction and the rhythm of the speech.

Now is THE moment: Make your speech alive! To achieve this :

  • Work on the rhythm of your speech. Indeed, adapt your rhythm, your breath, your voice and your articulation. Try to have a clear and "fluent" diction and vary the tone of your voice. Using different kinds of media (ludic and interactive) also contributes to the rhythm of the presentation. Do not hesitate to make room for some silences. We are afraid of them, but they allow your audience to assimilate the information you give them, to integrate your message better. All this will help giving rhythm to your speech and maintaining the attention of your public. It is very difficult to pay attention to a monotonous speech, we end up "falling behind". So go ahead and give rhythm! And for that, here is another piece of advice:
  • Transmit emotions: By this I mean "involving your public". Do not just simply present the elements as a list or in a factual manner but make the audience actors. "You are part of" rather than "there is ...". Moreover, being convinced of the message you convey will encourage the support of your public. Giving rhythm to your speech by applying the advice given previously will also help you to convey emotions!
  • Finally, be aware of non-verbal language. That means the language of the body (posture, position of the head, the hands, the eyes, facial expressions). This is just as important as the message you have to convey! Your body will be there to “carry” your message. Relieve your body while remaining dynamic! To relieve your body, shake your arms, your legs in order to “relax” it. Opt for a relaxed but confident and dynamic position! And if you have the possibility (standing presentation) use the space available to you and move your gaze through the audience.

Apply all those pieces of advice, harmonize your speech, your voice and your gestures, and you will captivate your audience!


Image

Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

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Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologue

Caroline Joubert a obtenu un Master en Psychologie avec une spécialisation en Neuropsychologie à l'Université de Caen et un diplôme inter-universitaire en Psychopathologie et Affections Neurologiques à l’Université Paris 8. Elle a été responsable d’évaluations et réhabilitations neuropsychologiques auprès d'adultes et d'enfants au sein de différents hôpitaux en France, ainsi qu'en libéral. Chez ELLISTRA, elle apporte son expertise en neuroscience pour créer divers contenus (vidéos, articles, etc.).

RÉFÉRENCES

  • Nikita A. (2011). Successful Public Speaking. (Link)
  • Carnegie D., Carnegie D. et Weyne D. (traduction). (1992). Comment parler en public. (Le livre de
    poche, 215p). (Original Title : The quick and easy way to effective speaking)
  • IUT de Roanne. (2016). La prise de parole en public - partie 1 : posture, gestuelle, gestion de
    l'espace. [Vidéo en ligne - YouTube]. (Ecriture ; Le Pontois S., Réalisation : Courtade F.). Consulté
    sur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNBfE85n2s