LeeAundra Temescu – Executive Communication Coach, has compiled an array of tips, suggestions and advice gathered from various posts on her Ryze network Welcome to Public Speaking – The Essential Skill. Among the tips and suggestions made by other members of the network, LeeAundra includes her own tips of the week. Whether you qualify as a seasoned, professional speaker or simply someone who, on occasion, has the opportunity to make a presentation or speech to your business associates or a local organization, I thought these tips might provide a source of useful information from time to time. These tips can also found at http://www.publicspeakingtips.net/.
Tip of the week!
Vocalized Pauses – the sneaky ones
Everybody knows that vocalized pauses (those “um”‘s and “er”‘s that haunt so many of our speeches) can compromise our credibility and turn a great presentation into a failure. But did you know that vocalized pauses can take on the guise of real words as well? Next time you listen to a presentation, or better yet, watch yourself on video tape, listen for words that are repeated incessantly. “Like” and “and” uttered between every sentence are some of the most common. Even though these are “real” words, they distract you just as much as more traditional vocalized pauses, right? We must work just as hard to banish these from our speeches.
LeeAundra Temescu is an executive communication coach specializing in public speaking, political rhetoric, effective business presentation training and executive presence. She is the author of The Contrary Public Speaker: A Break-the-Rules Approach to Breakthrough Presentations and the forthcoming “POTUS Flubs: Communication Lessons from the Ten Not-So-Greatest Moments of Presidential Rhetoric.” She has over fifteen years experience in public speaking, coaching, and business and leadership dynamics.