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  • - Hello everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy.

  • Today I have got seven tips for presenting in English.

  • These tips are really going to help you

  • improve your presentation skills.

  • Now the vast majority of us, at some point in our lives,

  • are going to have to give presentations.

  • We're going to have to speak in public.

  • And it was actually voted the scariest thing,

  • above death and spiders, in a recent study.

  • So it's quite obvious that it's something that

  • a lot of people hate.

  • I have to present a lot.

  • I hated it at first, but now I really enjoy it

  • because I've learnt how to do it properly,

  • and I'd like to help you guys out today.

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  • I mean, they're offering to refund it all back to you.

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  • Right, let's talk about my first tip.

  • This is especially important for non-native speakers.

  • It is, don't agonise over your accent.

  • Forget your accent.

  • I always say, rather than working on reducing your accent,

  • work on improving your pronunciation.

  • Accents are part of our culture and our heritage.

  • Pronunciation is the way we say sounds and words.

  • And the best way to improve your pronunciation is

  • slow down.

  • I've given lots of presentations

  • and I have watched lots of presentations,

  • and I can tell you the best presentations

  • are the slower presentations.

  • It's especially important

  • at the beginning of your presentation

  • because everybody has an accent.

  • Natives have accents too.

  • But we need to give the audience time to get used to

  • and to adapt to our accents.

  • Another reason to embrace your accent is

  • covering up an accent or putting on this fake posh voice

  • might actually come across as insecure to a audience.

  • You might come across as fake.

  • They might not trust you as much.

  • Now when I'm talking to my friends and my family,

  • I don't always speak like this because I'm not presenting

  • but I definitely don't put on a fake accent.

  • I'm simply working on my pronunciation.

  • I want to make sure I pronounce every relevant

  • and necessary phoneme so that you guys can understand me.

  • When students come to me and they say,

  • "Lucy, help me get rid of my accent," I tell them, "No."

  • I'm not going to help you get rid of your accent.

  • I think that's very negative.

  • I will help you improve your pronunciation.

  • In my opinion, the only people that should be getting rid

  • of their accents are actors.

  • Otherwise, unless it's something you do for a hobby,

  • it's a little bit of a waste of time.

  • Number two, use pauses to your advantage.

  • Pauses are great for so many reasons.

  • As I've said in the previous point about slowing down,

  • they give the audience time

  • to understand what you're saying.

  • A very clear example of this is when I shout a question

  • to my boyfriend, who is normally downstairs.

  • He will immediately reply to that question with "What?"

  • I know, instead of repeating myself,

  • if I wait three or four seconds,

  • he will then answer my question

  • because he's had time to process what I've said.

  • It's the same for your audience.

  • It will sometimes take them a couple of seconds

  • to understand what you've said.

  • So use a pause to your advantage.

  • Pauses also give you time to think

  • and also time to have a break.

  • Our tongues can get in a twist.

  • You guys only get to see the finished cut

  • of what I film here, but I have to repeat things

  • again and again and again because my tongue

  • doesn't always go where I want it to.

  • When I make a mistake, I pause, I have a break,

  • and then I try again.

  • And it normally comes out a lot better.

  • Take three or four seconds

  • to plan what you're going to say next

  • and then you can be confident in your delivery.

  • Now the best speakers that I've listened to

  • are people that make the audience feel

  • as if the pauses have been included for their advantage.

  • So the audience might think that the pause has been used

  • for emphasis, they've said something important,

  • they want them to consider how important this point is,

  • when actually, they just needed to think about

  • what they were going to say next.

  • The speaker may make the audience feel

  • as if they've left a pause to give them time to think

  • when actually, they're just skimming the audience,

  • making sure that everyone's understood

  • because they're not sure if they've said it quite right.

  • Number three, now this one is a controversial one,

  • and I'm not going to say absolutely don't say this,

  • but I will say reconsider saying this

  • at the beginning of your presentations.

  • If I go to another country,

  • and someone is giving a presentation in English,

  • which happens a lot,

  • and wow the people who are presenting in another language,

  • nine out of 10 times, they will start the presentation

  • by saying, "Sorry for my English."

  • Now I'm not sure that I really like this.

  • I feel like you can take more control over this situation.

  • Why not try saying something like,

  • "English isn't my first language,

  • "but I'm going to try my best here."

  • Instead of apologising and being all small

  • and seeming a bit unconfident, you're taking ownership.

  • English isn't my first language,

  • but I'm going to try my best.

  • It's unapologetic, it's confident,

  • and it makes you seem like you're totally in control,

  • and the audience is going to want to work with you.

  • So this is a opportunity to participate here.

  • In the comments below, I'd really like to know

  • if you have had any great alternatives

  • to "Sorry for my English."

  • Or, you can say if you think "Sorry for my English" is fine.

  • I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

  • Now number four.

  • You guys always knew I was going to mention this one.

  • It is practise.

  • But I want to say, practise, but don't learn.

  • You can tell when somebody has practised a presentation

  • or rehearsed a presentation, and you can also tell

  • when they've learnt a presentation.

  • The difference being that a practised presentation

  • is organic, it's genuine, it flows, and it's trustworthy.

  • You can trust what that person is saying.

  • A learnt presentation is memorised, it's stagnant,

  • and it's sterile.

  • It's not interesting,

  • which is why you need to use number five, cue cards,

  • to your advantage.

  • This really ties in with number four.

  • If you are allowed to use cue cards or speaker notes

  • in your presentation, for goodness sake, please use them.

  • Use them, they are so, so useful.

  • You never know when you're going to be caught off-guard,

  • so it is so essential to have something up there with you.

  • You don't have to have them in your hand

  • but have them up there.

  • I've seen a lot of people get stage fright.

  • Those who have speaker notes can quickly look back

  • and figure out where they are.

  • Those who don't stand up there like a lemon.

  • Cue cards should be tiny little bullet points

  • that keep you on track, that remind you where you are.

  • They should not be a whole written presentation.

  • I used to hate it at university.

  • We'd give presentations in class

  • and people would stand up there with two A4 papers

  • of their entire speech.

  • It doesn't look good, it doesn't look professional.

  • It looks like you've written it the night before.

  • You need to practise and rehearse multiple times

  • just using your cue cards.

  • So if you practise it loads, it will come out

  • a little bit differently each time, but that's good

  • because you're going to be preparing yourself

  • for a multitude of situations.

  • Number four, think about your body.

  • Everyone is different.

  • When I present, I like to have my feet apart.

  • I definitely don't walk around on stage.

  • I have them planted on the floor,

  • and I like to use my two hands and my waist to sort of pivot

  • and I'll kind of talk like this.

  • I've got loads of room to move,

  • but I'm not moving up and down.

  • That's a distraction and also you can trip over

  • which is not what you want.

  • So I like to stay in one place.

  • I like to look really, really confident.

  • Chest out, great posture, and I try not to do

  • my typical fidget things, which is touching my hair,

  • touching my nose, touching my neck.

  • So I really try not to do that.

  • Before you go on stage, you want to think,

  • am I going to walk up and down, which is fine,

  • but only if you're comfortable with the space.

  • What is my stance?

  • I like to call this like a Supergirl stance.

  • How are you going to stand?

  • Think about it so you go up there

  • and you know exactly what to do.

  • It's also a really good idea to identify the things

  • that you keep doing over and over again

  • like fluffing hair, touching your eyelash

  • because your hair is on your eyelash,

  • itching, fiddling, doing thumb things.

  • Think about them forehand, so you can quickly snap out of it

  • if you're doing it.

  • The last one, number seven, is dress to impress.

  • And this one can also be controversial,

  • especially in the influence industry,

  • because people like to look really casual.

  • I would say just go one notch