In the TED Talk below, social scientist Dolly Chugh speaks about an interesting idea: how we can become better people if we just stop trying to be good. I don’t intend to analyze her talk; rather, in this post, I’d like to focus on her speaking notes. As you can see from the image below, Chugh […]
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given her first public speech since becoming a Royal. She did it at the opening of the Treehouse Children’s Hospice for sick children in Ipswich, England. The Duchess, who admitted that she finds giving speeches “nerve-wracking” was under a lot of scrutiny for this first performance. So how […]
If you can deliver a speech without reading it, that is the best scenario. However, if you must read your speech or use notes, here are some tips to help you out.
Eye contact is one of the most important forms of non-verbal communication, especially for speakers. Have you ever had to endure a speaker who read from the lectern, or talked to the PowerPoint slides, or stared at the cue cards in his hand, or basically looked anywhere but at the audience? How exciting was that? Not […]
When delivering a speech or presentation, it is preferable for a speaker to do so without notes whenever possible. Being free from notes allows a speaker to have maximum eye contact with the audience; it frees the speaker from being anchored to a lectern and allows him to use the full speaking area; and it conveys […]