Unique's business language lessons include focused classes on presentation delivery and public speaking. Our language trainers are world-class communicators who have helped numerous Entrepreneurs, lawyers, directors and senior executives to develop their skills in this area for several years and are enthusiastic about showing you how to gain confidence in this vital area of life. Here are some of our tips for delivering great presentations in a second language:-
1. Structure your talk into mini-stories
UK politician Ed Miliband gained plaudits for his commanding performance at his party's conference when he gave a fifty-minute speech without notes. He memorised the speech as a series of short speeches. If you think of all the great speeches you have heard, they were frequently improvised as it tends to come from the heart. We will work with you on how to be more confident without notes.
2. Do not lean away from the audience
You need to engage with the audience, and leaning forward will enable you to physically do this. It might initially seem intimidating, so breathe deeply to calm yourself beforehand. Put your legs slightly apart and push your feet deep into the ground.
3. Powerpoint is your friend, but not too close
Your powerpoint slides should be created after your speech and should not be used as a substitute for talking. Do not rely on them too heavily as so will your audience.
4. Watch your body language
The types of gestures that you can use during a speech are too plentiful to go through here, but remember that a strong gesture can resonate with your audience. Here's a great article on body language from Forbes Magazine to read when you have time.
5. Use patterns and repetition
Another common political speechmaking device is the use of repetition to hammer home your message. Repeating the same vowel sounds or the same consonant sounds also helps to make speeches resonate.
Unique Language Training runs courses in Business English and other Business Language courses which can focus on presentation and speech delivery in a second language. For more information, please contact 020 3566 0145, e-mail us or fill in the form on this page.
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