Melania Trump is undergoing media training to boost her public speaking skills before relocating to Washington DC in May. Since her husband assumed office as the President of the United States, Melania Trump has been living in New York City. But that's about to change.
Presidential Inaugural Speech by Muhammadu Buhari 2015 - Full Text
"I am immensely grateful to God who has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy.
Prince Harry has revealed he gets "incredibly nervous" about public speaking and feels very "anxious" facing a room full of people. He made the confession in a YouTube video as part of the #FeelNoShame campaign for World AIDS Day (1st December). In the video (see below), he says:
"Things are always at their best in the beginning."
— Blaise Pascal (Scientist)
Powerful speakers start powerfully. They engage their audiences immediately. You must gain the audience's attention and interest within the first few minutes you appear in front of them. Without that attention, you won't get your message across, you'll have trouble sustaining whatever interest there is, and you won't have established your leadership and control—the keys to being a powerful speaker.
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
You grabbed audience attention in the opening, you held it throughout your speech, and now you want to close. It may seem to you like a time to simply summarise, say “Thank you”, return to your seat and happily breathe a sigh of relief, right? WRONG!
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People often ask: "How can I make my audience remember my presentations better?"
Research shows that the average audience member can hold and retain about 3 to 5 ideas in his working memory and his attention span lasts an average of 25 minutes. What this means is that if you bombard your listeners with a topic like a "15-point Action Plan to Diversifying Your Income", they'll probably end up remembering less than five points and the rest will be quickly forgotten, even before they walked out the door!
You could learn to deliver more powerful presentations by understanding in-depth the three necessary ingredients that go into making a great presentation. They each never work in isolation.
The three ingredients are as follows.
Public speaking is not easy. There is the common fear of forgetting what you had planned to say, sounding stupid, or making mistakes in front of the audience.
The Teleprompter was invented to help out with this but, as you will see in the following example, technology could fail you at the very wrong time, leaving you totally lost for words!
A rumour results when there is incomplete, unclear, information. People aren't sure what they know. They tread with caution as they speculate about the little they know until a clear, formal, release of information is done that ‘clears the air’ once and for all.
On the other hand, a gossip is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent information, regardless of whether that information was clear or unclear to the gossip originators (and they really don't care).
Jonas Ezeanya is an executive speech coach and presentation expert based in Lagos, Nigeria. Connect with him on LinkedIn.