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Inspirational Women of the Speaking Circuit: Jill Goldenziel of Marine Corps University On The Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Speaker

Drop your notes and speak from the heart. Speaking conversationally and from the heart — and connecting with your audience that way — is more important than including every word or nailing the script perfectly. The first time I was asked to speak about women and leadership I started writing out a script. The words came so fast I realized I didn’t need it. I stopped writing and spoke the next day before 70 women, without notes. They remembered my name for years.

  1. Don’t look over the heads of the audience. Look at individual members of the audience as if you are speaking to them. A speaking coach taught me this and it made all the difference.
  2. Pause and breathe. This will help you sound more natural, even if it doesn’t feel natural. A speaking coach watched a video of me and realized I was not breathing properly, and then taking loud, deep breaths at the end of sentences. It made a big difference.
  3. Drop your notes and speak from the heart. Speaking conversationally and from the heart — and connecting with your audience that way — is more important than including every word or nailing the script perfectly. The first time I was asked to speak about women and leadership I started writing out a script. The words came so fast I realized I didn’t need it. I stopped writing and spoke the next day before 70 women, without notes. They remembered my name for years.
  4. Be early for your speaking gigs. This allows you to get to know the organizers and your audience beforehand and will allow you to speak more comfortably.

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