Help Me Speak Pretty
March 12, 2012 8:50 PM Subscribe
How do you give a presentation with confidence, without reading your notes word-for-word?
posted by oceanview to Human Relations (29 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been really shy and find that I can't really speak in front of an audience unless I memorize a speech word-for-word. This works OK if I don't make any flubs, but I'd like some insight into how more natural speakers give a more conversational speech, i.e. without having to constantly having to refer to notes.
I think this *might* have to do with trusting your audience. I usually perceive people as being hyper-critical, which is perhaps why I feel like I can't take a moment to connect with what I'm saying--instead I feel I have to keep the speech going at a clip without hesitations, hence memorizing word-for-word.
Natural speakers, what is talking in front of an audience like for you? Any insights welcome.