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  • Hello, everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.

  • In this lesson we're going to be talking

  • about public speaking.

  • Public speaking is daunting for most people.

  • It's commonly cited as the number one fear,

  • above snakes, above spiders and above heights.

  • Now, presenting in a foreign language is even harder

  • and the chances are if you want to work

  • in a multinational company,

  • you'll have to present at some point.

  • In this lesson I'm going to give you

  • some key tips for presenting clearly and confidently.

  • I'm also going to give you some key phrases

  • that you can use to fill in the gaps.

  • Additionally, I will help you develop

  • your presenting technique

  • so that you can look and sound

  • like those successful people you see giving Ted Talks.

  • Let's get started with the lesson.

  • (scratches)

  • (upbeat music)

  • Tip number one is to use set phrases to fill gaps.

  • Firstly, let's discuss some key phrases that you can use.

  • The first topic is greeting your audience.

  • You can say good morning,

  • good afternoon or good evening.

  • You can also say welcome to

  • and then the name of the event.

  • First, let me introduce myself.

  • I am Lucy from my company.

  • Beginning your presentation.

  • Let me start by giving you some background information.

  • Or as you're aware.

  • If you're bringing up a topic

  • that your audience already knows about

  • then you can use this phrase to introduce it.

  • For example, as you're aware

  • this product is available in three countries.

  • Transitioning to the next topic.

  • Before you move on to your next point,

  • make sure it's clear to your audience.

  • For example, let's move on to our next key point.

  • Or turning our attention now

  • to the results of our market research.

  • Providing more details.

  • I'd like to expand on.

  • For example, I'd like to expand on my point

  • about the fall in GDP.

  • You can also say, let me elaborate further.

  • Linking to another topic.

  • As I said at the beginning.

  • You can use this one to remind your audience

  • about a point you made earlier.

  • It can also be used for emphasis.

  • For example, as I said in the beginning,

  • we might have a crisis on the horizon.

  • The same goes for this relates

  • to what I was saying earlier.

  • Or this ties in with.

  • Emphasising a point.

  • The significance of this is.

  • Or this is important because.

  • Or we have to remember that.

  • Making reference to information.

  • Based on our findings.

  • Or our data shows.

  • Or according to our study.

  • Explaining visuals.

  • I'd like to illustrate this point by showing you.

  • Or this chart shows a breakdown of.

  • A breakdown is often used in a presentation

  • to show all of the smaller parts

  • of something bigger.

  • Repeating your point.

  • These phrases are useful for emphasis

  • and helping your audience to remember

  • and understand what you said.

  • In other words.

  • To put it simply.

  • What I mean to say is.

  • Concluding your presentation.

  • In conclusion.

  • Let me sum up my main points.

  • Thank you for your attention.

  • I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.

  • Tip number two is slow down.

  • The number one tip I can give you

  • especially if English is not your first language

  • is slow down.

  • When we get nervous we tend to speed up.

  • If you combine this with an accent

  • that the audience isn't used to,

  • your audience will struggle to understand you.

  • This is especially important

  • at the beginning of any speech.

  • You need to give them a bit of time

  • to get used to how you speak.

  • Number three is use pauses to your advantage.

  • Pauses are so useful.

  • They give us time to process what is said.

  • After saying something impactful

  • I always leave a couple of seconds

  • for the audience to process it.

  • Use these pauses to give yourself time to think

  • and time to have a break.

  • Use them instead of saying um

  • which can sound unprofessional.

  • The best speakers make the audience think

  • that the pause has been included for their advantage

  • when in reality they just needed to take a second

  • to consider what they're going to say next.

  • Number four is do not apologise for your English.

  • Now this is controversial and I'm not going to say

  • that you should never say this

  • but definitely reconsider saying it.

  • More often than not when I watch a presentation

  • delivered by someone who isn't a native English speaker,

  • they will start their presentation with

  • sorry for my English.

  • I personally don't like this.

  • I think they're doing themselves a disservice.

  • They could take so much more control over the situation.

  • Why not try saying something else like,

  • "English isn't my first language,

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

  • Instead of seeming unconfident and nervous and embarrassed

  • you're taking ownership,

  • you're dealing with your circumstances.

  • Number five is practise but don't learn.

  • You can 100% tell the difference

  • between somebody who's delivering a presentation naturally

  • and somebody who has learnt a presentation word for word.

  • A practise presentation is organic and trustworthy,

  • it flows.

  • A learnt presentation is rigid, memorised

  • and a bit stagnant.

  • It doesn't matter if your presentation

  • is ever so slightly different each time you practise it.

  • Number six, use your cue cards to your advantage.

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

  • you must have them.

  • You might not actually need to use them

  • in your presentation

  • but consider them your insurance policy.

  • If the worse comes to the worst and you get stuck

  • or get stage fright,

  • they will help you get right back on track.

  • Having them in your hand

  • also might make you feel more confident.

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

  • Number seven is body language.

  • Think about your body language.

  • Everyone is different but when I present

  • I don't like to walk around on stage.

  • I'm very uncoordinated

  • and it's likely I will trip or stumble.

  • I like to have my feet apart so that I'm steady.

  • I have my cue cards in one hand

  • but I use both to gesticulate and emphasise.

  • Practise in front of the mirror.

  • Think about your chest,

  • is it puffed out?

  • Think about where you look in the room.

  • Do you focus on one person in the audience

  • or do you flick around?

  • Think about your nervous ticks.

  • Mine is touching my hair and stroking my ring

  • or my thumbnail.

  • Try not to do that.

  • Film yourself delivering your presentation

  • and work out what body language needs to stay

  • and what needs to go.

  • Tip number eight is dress for the part.

  • If it's smart casual I lean towards the smart side.

  • Feeling smart makes you feel more confident.

  • Iron that shirt, shine those shoes

  • and paint those nails if you are so inclined.

  • Have a small mirror on you to check your teeth and face

  • if you know that you will have a camera on you.

  • Number nine is watch you who want to sound like.

  • My final tip is to learn from the best.

  • Watch a variety of Ted Talks and interesting speeches

  • and consider which styles of delivery you like best.

  • Find out more about the speaker

  • and try to channel their confidence and delivery

  • but don't mimic.

  • You need to develop your own style.

  • Being inspired is the best way to do this.

  • Right, that's it for this lesson.

  • If you have any more advice

  • on how to improve your public speaking

  • please do comment down below.

  • I really hope you enjoyed this lesson

  • and I hope you learned something.

  • Don't forget to connect with me

  • on all of my social media.

  • I've got my Facebook, my Instagram and my Twitter

  • and I shall see you soon for another lesson.

  • (blows a kiss)

  • (upbeat music)

Hello, everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.

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