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The Mechanics of Effective Public Speaking

After analyzing the rhetorical situation, attending to all additional considerations, and preparing the text and visuals, Leah felt ready for her presentation. She remembered her instructor's tips on how to speak well in front of groups. In the years since college, she was able to add a few of her own. She tried her best, whenever she spoke publicly, to keep all of them in mind.

Relax

Leah knew that relaxing was easier said than done. But she also understood the basis for the advice to relax. In any talk before any audience, the speaker is the expert—or at least should be the expert, given the purpose and scope that have been set and the research that the speaker has had to do. Thus, there is no better way to gain confidence and to be able to relax than to know the material thoroughly and to anticipate questions the audience might have. Although realistically, some speaking situations may be more stressful than others (the upcoming presentation before the assessment team is a good example), none should be completely daunting if the speaker is thoroughly prepared.


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