“Arlen, one of the cheapest and best ways to spruce up a room is to give it a fresh coat of paint.”  I have taken this advice to heart many times.

In literally hours an old, dull depressing room will look alive and even feel homey with one coat of paint.

Can a person transform their public speaking skills this fast? Yes! I would argue that in just 90 seconds you can significantly upgrade your public speaking skills. Does it take longer to hone the craft and skill of public speaking? Yes. However, here are 3 ways to liven up your presentations right now.

Speaking Tip #1: Smile

Too many speaker speak with either no expression, a frown,  or a bored look on their face. Forcing yourself to smile will do three things:

1. Make your voice sound warm and friendly.

2. Make you more likeable. A likable speaker connects with the audience.

3. Make you feel more comfortable and at ease. I read about a study which showed that just smiling will put you in a good mood.

Try it and see the difference. It will brighten your presentation.

Speaking Tip #2: Plant your feet & lean forward slightly

Two mistakes speakers often make are shifting/moving too much and leaning back on their heals. Shifting distracts the audience and leaning back takes energy out of the presentation.

I train people to lean forward slightly so their weight is on the front of their feet. The heals are still on the floor, but the weight has been shifted forward. It is surprising how much energy this will give to your presentation. Videos of speakers before and after leaning forward show a remarkable difference.

Speaking tip #3: Act enthused/interested in your presentation

A speech without enthusiasm or passion is like a limp puppet without a human arm to move it. By acting enthusiastic and being interested in what you are saying, you will bring new energy into your speech. Plus, enthusiasm is contagious. It will spread to the audience and they will be more interested in your presentation.

Give your presentation skills a fresh coat of paint by applying these tips.

(C) Arlen Busenitz – Speakinginfo.com

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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