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goobster  ·  732 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Watch your 'ums' and 'uhs' – spoken communication is about more than words

Watching a professional speaker speak is a thing of beauty, when you know these things about "ahs" and "umms" and "errs"... and how to use your hands properly, body positioning, eye/attention direction, etc.

I used to train public speaking skills to executives, etc., who needed to present more professionally at conferences and other events. Public speaking is a craft that requires practice in multiple disciplines and skills.

NikolaiFyodorov  ·  732 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That would have been interesting work. It's something I've always been very reluctant to "get into", but I've reached a point in my own work where I have to do it, and to be confident in doing so. Got any basic tips you can point me towards?

goobster  ·  732 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Take an acting class, or an improv class. Seriously. Getting comfortable on stage is what actors do, and those are the same skills you need to deliver a solid presentation.

Second thing to do is learn proper microphone skills. That can be done either working with a professional voice trainer (I'm a voice actor, as well), or with any competent sound man/person.

That's the short version.... but there's a LOT of stuff to unpack in there, and deliver via demonstration, in person...

NikolaiFyodorov  ·  730 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's very useful advice. Thank you!