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10 Tips For Successful Public Speaking   from Toastmasters International

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and healthy. It shows you care about doing well. But, too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here's how you can control your nervousness and make effective, memorable presentations:

  1. Know the room. Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  2. Know the audience. Greet some of the audience as they arrive. It's easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
  3. Know your material. If you're not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
  4. Relax. Ease tension by doing exercises.
  5. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured. When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful.
  6. Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining. They don't want you to fail.
  7. Don't apologize. If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience's attention to something they hadn't noticed. Keep silent.
  8. Concentrate on the message -- not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.
  9. Turn nervousness into positive energy. Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
  10. Gain experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need.

90 Public Speaking Tips from Toastmasters International

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Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club
(Formerly Known As Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club)
Open to all interested parties who are over 18 years of age
Meeting Place: Kampong Ubi Community Centre, Level 3 Conference Room
10 Jalan Ubi Singapore 409075
Meeting Time:

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Other Resources
Speak More Confidently - The Toastmasters Way  
By 2014-2015 Division U Governor Alvin Ong, DTM

How Toastmasters Change Lives
By DTM Nathaniel Koh, Division S Governor 2006-2007

Project 1 - The Ice Breaker Manual Guide
Project 9 - Persuade with Power Manual Guide
List of Advanced Manuals
Education Progression Diagram for the new TI Education Track & Leadership Track

By DTM Kan Kin Fung, Division U Head Speech Coach 2005-2006

Competent Leadership Tracking Table

Setting Up A Speech Databank  (The Real Secret to Creative Speech Ideas!)
By ATMG Ng Seng Chuan

Make Members Matters

By DTM Michael Rodrigues, District 80 Secretary 2004-2005

Know Your Educational Track
By CC/CL Vanessa Yong,  Asst. Division Governor Marketing (U3 & U4) 2007-2008

New Competent Leader (CL) Manual Reference File
By DTM Lawrence Quek, Division U Governor 2006-07 and ACS/CL Edward Ma, Division U Governor 2005-06


For more Public Speaking Tips, just visit our "Public Spekaing in Singapore" Blog.

Toastmasters International Resources 
Need Help Giving a Speech?
Toastmasters Magazine - Past Issues
Toastmasters Podcast
Speech Contest Rulebook (updated!)

Leadership Central

Tools for Toastmasters
Club DCP History
Marshall's Tools for Toastmasters

"Free Tips for Successful Public Speaking" by Jim Key, 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking

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