Have you ever had the opportunity to speak in front of a large group? Like most of us, you probably get nervous. This is normal. Speaking about how you help others can effectively help grow your business.

Here are a few valuable speaking tips I’ve learned from Toastmasters.

• Relax by taking a deep breath off stage before you begin.

• Use the power of the pause. It gives your audience time to process.

• Be prepared. Practice, practice, practice your speech.

• Time yourself. A 5-7 minute speech equals 600-720 written words.

• Speak appropriately for your audience.

• Learn from your evaluators as they offer ways to improve a speech.

• Use body language and gestures.

• Be expressive. Add vocal variety and tonality.

Learn 90 more tips from Toastmasters International.

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You can learn to speak and lead better right here at our Venice Area Chamber of Commerce. Venice Toastmasters.

 – Cathy Cotter, Cotter Visual Communications

Contact Biz Tip contributorCathy Cotter