TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING IN THE CLASSROOM
Key Principles of Communication:
* We are all always communicating. These are the main registers of communication.
* Non verbal communication: body language
* Vocal communication
* Content or message
* Fully face your audience. Never speak with your back turned.
* Maintain an upright posture
* Make eye contact with the audience (not just with the teacher)
* Avoid defensive postures (arms crossed, hands clasped in front or behind your body)
* Avoid habits such as playing with your hair, jewelry or shirt etc
* Stand your ground, avoid “podium dancing”
* Never chew gum!
* Keep gesturing to a minimum. Keep your hands between your chin and your waist
* Smile! (Even if you don’t feel like it. It will put your audience at ease and make you feel better!)
Verbal or Vocal Communication:
* Be aware of your voice
* Volume: always project your voice. Speak to the furthest point in the room.
* Rate: always slow down your speech in front of an audience
* Tone: Must not be flat. Speak with energy and enthusiasm
* Vocal variety: how often you vary your pitch, rate and volume
* Try and avoid too many filler words “uh, um, like, you know, sort of…”
Communicating or Presenting as a Group:
* Practice together
* Share the stage equally if possible
* Listen to and focus when a group member is speaking. Remain engaged.
* Don’t whisper to each other and distract the audience while a group member is speaking
* Be supportive of each other
* Look and work like a team.
How to Deal with Nerves:
* Note what happens when you get up to speak
* Do you sweat, pace, talk too fast etc.?
* Knowing what to expect will help you deal with it
* Warm up before and release nervous energy
* Breathe deeply, inhale and exhale fully to relax
* Be other centered. You are...