Summer, 2016

Here are some other hints to public speaking:

  • Remember if you have been asked to speak, or you have chosen to speak, that means you have something to say. Just say it with enthusiasm.
  • Prepare and practice. Know your material. It is not necessary to memorize it, just make sure you are comfortable with it and use notes if needed.
  • No one is perfect, so don’t worry about mistakes. They happen, just acknowledge them and move on.
  • When you look at the audience, make eye contact with individuals. Most of us turn the audience into a single monster personality to be afraid of, however if you look at them as individuals it just becomes a conversation between individuals about a topic that you know about.
  • Start with a question or a humorous anecdote that draws in the audience and close with a question or anecdote. Audiences remember the opening and closing the most.
  • Finally, remember that most of the people in the audience are terrified of speaking, so you are already ahead of the game because you have dared to get up. They are impressed with that!

You can do it! Mark Twain said “There are two types of speakers: Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” Face the fright and your speech will be alright!

Bio – Juli Burney

Hailing from Lincoln, NE, Juli Burney is an award winning motivational humorist, communication specialist, assistant professor and author.  She has worked in all 48 continental United States and Canada and has been commissioned by a variety of associations from the National Endowment for the Arts to Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs that stick.  She has filmed for Showtime and HBO, along with making numerous guest appearances on radio and television programs. She has been named the Nebraska Artist of the Year and received the Toastmasters' International Communication and Leadership Award.