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Amplify Your Voice With These Tips

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Amplify Your Voice With These Tips

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Do you amplify your voice? One of the things I’m passionate about is helping women to amplify their voices because by speaking up, saying what’s on our mind and sharing what we know, we own our inner power. 

Now I always say everyone has one story or many they can share from their personal journey that has the ability to help others. Alongside that, we all have experience, knowledge and expertise we are able to share in order to benefit someone else. So with that in mind, here are some tips to amplify your voice through public speaking in an online or offline setting.

 

  1. Know and understand your topic of choice thoroughly. There is a saying, “I know it like the back of my hand.” When you link your brilliance (experience, knowledge and expertise) to whatever you may be talking about, you’ll find that it just flows. You’ll be able to fill any odd gaps with ease because the things you are speaking about are part of who you are –  and it just comes naturally to you.

  1. Depending on your learning style and how you digest information, you may want to take some time out to rehearse for a presentation, discussion, talk or something else. Alternatively, you may just want to go with the flow and that’s cool too! Before I started on my public speaking journey, I read tons of articles that would recommend  rehearsing for a crazy number of hours and a bunch of other stuff but that didn’t work for me. I prefer just to have three to five bullet points in my head as touchstones to ensure I don’t miss any key issues. What I’m getting at here is that you have to do what is best for you, so try out different things to find your own formula.

  1. Following on from my previous point, give yourself a basic outline in your mind. When I used to have full blown speaking gigs, I would use Evernote to write an outline of my talk which included headers for each slide and brief points to make under each header.Have you ever been to a workshop, seminar etc. where the speakers’ slides contain everything they are going to say? I always think they might as well just leave the audience to read the slides. Give the audience a level of anticipation and excitement for what’s coming next. Why reveal it all at once? My presentations would contain a max of three single-sentence bullet points for each slide.

  1. Be prepared for any hiccups. Here is a common one which actually happened to me once. I prepared a great presentation, got to the venue and they didn’t have an adaptor for a Mac (I bought one fast after that) to show the presentation. Now, as a backup I had it on two different USB sticks. Lo and behold, they weren’t working! Like, really? However, because I knew my topic like the back of my hand, I was still able to deliver an on-point presentation.

  1. Get to know your audience. Arrive early to speak with some of the attendees and get to know them. This helps to calm any nerves as you’ll have those friendly faces in the audience to focus on should you find yourself getting nervous during your talk. This can be applied in person or via Zoom. To complement this, you could do an ice breaker at the start to bring energy to the room, increase participation and relieve any nerves attendees might have. Throw in some humour by having a crazy poll or something like that! Remember, you probably won’t be the only person in the online or physical room surrounded by a bunch of people you’ve never met before. 

On a final note, never say you’re feeling nervous and/or apologise for it! People don’t always see what you’re feeling inside on the outside so don’t highlight something that doesn’t need to be brought to the audience’s attention. Why? Because some people will start to look for the signs and their level of focus will be lost. Amplify your voice!

 

 

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