Speaker Coaching

Are you new to public speaking or presenting at Fiber Connect for the first time? Or perhaps you are looking for tips to improve your confidence and convey your message?

The tips, videos, and links below are designed to help you stand up and stand out! Contact speakers@fiberbroadband.org with questions.

Speaking Made Easy

These tips and tricks will help you prepare to deliver a successful presentation!

Prepare | Practice your presentation out loud to be more comfortable
Smile | Make your attendees feel welcome and relaxed
Move Around | Don’t be glued to one spot
Relax | Release your shoulders from a squeezed position to a relaxed one
Introduce Yourself | Meet your audience members before you begin, to give you friendly faces to connect with
Avoid Fidgeting | If you fidget while speaking, keep a paperclip or small item in one hand to keep it at bay
Talk Slowly | Breathe between points, enunciate, and speak clearly
Have Confidence | Your audience has confidence in you — have confidence in yourself!

How Do I Prepare?

Prepare Yourself
Am I dressed professionally?
Do I have a glass of water handy?
Do I know anyone who will be in the audience?
Am I familiar with the event space?
Prepare Your Presentation
Is the beginning of the presentation interesting? Do I know it well enough so that I do not need to rely on notes? Does the flow lend itself naturally? Is anything unclear to someone unfamiliar with the topic?
Prepare for Your Delivery
Am I making eye contact naturally? Am I engaging the audience? Am I speaking clearly and slowly enough to understand? Have I allowed time for questions?

Where Can I Get More Tips?

Are you new to speaking or presenting at Fiber Connect? Benefit from insider tips and tricks: Check back in Spring 2020 for a dedicated speaker coaching webinar that will give you insight to take your speaking skills to the next level.

Try new ways to deliver your message using ideas from these video clips:

Improve Your Public Speaking and Communication Skills

Calm Your Nerves and Improve Your Confidence

Four Keys to a Killer Speech Introduction

What Shouldn't I Do?

Count how many opportunities for improvement there are in this "Worst Presentation Ever!"