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Ammar Idlibi - Tips for Public Speaking

During the course of his career, Ammar Idlibi has been called upon to give a number of public speeches, usually in for the form of seminars. He found this to be a nerve-racking experience at first but, over the years, he has developed enormously in the role and now has the following tips for those who struggle when they are in front of an audience.

Take Your Time

A lot of people who are new to public speaking start to panic as they take to the stage, talking before they have given themselves a chance to settle down. Instead of doing this, be slow and deliberate in your walk to the podium or microphone. When you arrive, take a deep breath and settle yourself before acknowledging your audience and beginning the speech.

Make Eye Contact

While scanning the audience may be tempting, especially when there are a lot of people present, it pays to make eye contact with individuals on a periodic basis. Try to give each person that you make eye contact with a full sentence before adjusting your glance elsewhere. This will make the audience feel more engaged by the speech, in addition to making you feel more like you are having a one-on-one conversation.

Don’t Pay Attention to Audience Body Language

A lot of people make the mistake of paying too much attention to the body language audience members display. Most times, a cross of the arms, yawn or furrowed brow doesn’t mean what you think it might. Even if that member of the audience isn’t fully engaged, Ammar Idlibi recommends ignoring them and continuing on.

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