Effective Speaking and Presentation Skills | 5-Paragraph Essay

Part 1.

  1. Dlugan, Andrew. “25 Public Speaking Skills Every Speaker Must Have.” Retrieved from http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/25-skills-every-public-speaker-should-have/

The author has created a list of the most essential skills each public speaker should have. There are concise recommendations with brief comments which can be helpful for those who know much about effective speaking but need a kind of notes to restore their knowledge in their memory.

The source can be referred to as credible because of its author. Andrew Dlugan is a professional lecturer and award-winning speech evaluator. He is also the editor and founder of Six Minutes, a website for those who want to know more about public speaking and presentation skills.

  1. Tracy, Brian. “Effective Communication: 3 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.” Retrieved from http://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/effective-communication-public-speaking-and-presentation-skills/

A well-structured article focuses on the preparation for effective communication, planning, practicing and improving presentation skills, and overcoming the wide-spread fear of public speaking.

The article is taken from the blog of the world sales training and personal success authority Brian Tracy, the author of more than 60 books and 500 media materials on business success and personal development.

  1. Kessler, Sarah. “How to Improve Your Presentation Skills.” Retrieved from http://www.inc.com/guides/how-to-improve-your-presentation-skills.html/3

The author focuses her attention at polishing speaking skills as a way to reach success in marketing. There are beneficial pieces of advice on the audience research, structuring a presentation, plentiful practicing, videotaping and calming the nerves.

Part 2.

The effectiveness of presentation depends on numerous factors, but first and foremost it depends on the ability of a speaker to do his job well. Presentation skills are developed during two main stages, preparation stage and performance stage.

It goes without saying that preparation is the basis of successful presentation. Impromptu speaking can sometimes be effective, but it is more typical for keen speakers who have years of preparation behind. The content part of preparation consists in picking a subject and researching a topic. While Brian Tracy advises to choose a subject you know well and care about, Andrew Dlugan, however, notes that for a great speaker any topic is interesting and possible to be researched diligently. If the presentation is not long, it is better to be fixed on paper in details. If the text is much longer, the outline can be written down. Another important element of preparation is researching the audience. According to Sarah Kessler, knowing the needs of your target audience is the first step to make your presentation effective.

There are several important recommendations on how to make the key points of your speech reach the conscience of the audience. First of all, the speech should be well-structured. Opening should make an emotional connection with the audience; the body should keep to three most essential points of the plan and present both sides of a problem, pros and cons of a decision, arguments and counterarguments; closing is the last chance to make the main idea stick in the minds of your audience.

To make the speech more catching, the speaker is recommended to apply different quotations and statistics, stories and metaphors. The main condition is to use them in time and to the point. Using gestures, varying the pace and tone is also effective in keeping the audience’s attention. Humor is obviously a good helper no matter what topic and what audience you have.

The best way to be confident while speaking to the public is to practice as much as possible. It does not mean that the text should be memorized perfectly. Rather, the skill of not being fear of speaking to other people should be trained. It can be trained by talking to a mirror or a family member, videotaping or recording.

 

Works Cited

Dlugan, Andrew. “25 Public Speaking Skills Every Speaker Must Have.” Six Minutes, 6 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.

Kessler, Sarah. “How to Improve Your Presentation Skills.” Inc. 22 Feb. 2010. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.

Tracy, Brian. “Effective Communication: 3 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.” Briantracy, 1 May 2012. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.

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