George Tkalych – Advice For New Public Speakers

Posted: October 6, 2016 in Health care
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Though he spent the majority of his thirty-two-year career providing care to patients in his role as an ear nose and throat surgeon, George Tkalych was also called upon to speak in public on a number of occasions. “I was an invited international speaker to physicians at the Bermuda Medical Center and several locations in Canada,” he says when reflecting on this portion of his career. Nerves are a common problem for many new public speakers and it is easy to start making mistakes when you are in front of an audience if you aren’t properly prepared. These pointers should help you to make the most out of the opportunity.

George Tkalych

Don’t Memorize Everything

While it is important that you present yourself as an expert when speaking publicly, trying to memorize your whole speech will make you sound robotic and may lead people into believing that you are unable to speak from personal knowledge. Prepare the foundations of your speech beforehand and be aware of the key points you aim to deliver, but don’t be too rigid in your delivery. Imbue your speech with aspects of your own personality and information derived from your own experiences.

Take It Slow

While you may feel confident in the information you wish to deliver, it is still possible to start making mistakes quickly once you get on stage. Many new public speakers are overeager and try to launch straight into their presentations from the moment they hit the stage. Instead of doing this, take a moment to examine your audience and get acclimated to the feeling of being in front of a group of people. Take things slow and speak at your own pace, as rushed speech will be difficult to comprehend and betrays your nervousness.

Watch Others

If you know you have a public speaking engagement coming up it is a good idea to take time out of your schedule to observe others who have more experience. Put yourself in the shoes of an audience member and you will gain a better understanding of what is required of you and the techniques that experienced speakers use to keep their audiences engaged. If you have the opportunity, ask a few questions of the people who you go to see.

Practice Constantly

You need to know your material inside and out before you head onstage to present it. Practice constantly, as this will help you to understand how your speech sounds when it is being delivered and pick out parts where it is too bloated or needs general improvement. Work on your body language by practicing in front of others and even spend time speaking to yourself in the mirror if you have to.

George Tkalych is a retired medical professional and experienced public speaker.

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