Improve Your Public Speaking by Being Yourself


Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

Those who find public speaking daunting — and who doesn’t to some degree? — may think they need to become better actors to improve.

Acting rarely helps, though. Don’t try to be someone else or channel a smooth-talking alter ego. Focus on being exactly who you are.

While some people may be natural public speakers, most have to work hard at it. Practice organizing your thoughts, modulating your voice, and connecting with your audience. This isn’t a matter of rehearsing what you’re going to say.

It’s practicing the skills that allow you to be flexible and capable every time you are up in the front of the room.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Improve Your Public Speaking with a More Effective Mindset” by Peter Bubriski.

To read that article and join the discussion, please click here.


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