For the past week in Branching Out, the New York City Ambassador’s practiced public speaking skills. Throughout the two weeks we’ve been writing speeches about a topic of our choice and we presented them to each-other and some of our teachers at Mather High School so we could get familiar with speaking in front of others. As individuals, we came up with things we wanted to work on:
- Joshua Rogers first year ambassador worked on confidence
- Jaden Terrell first year ambassador worked on posture
- Ehab Almudhalaa second year ambassador worked on power stances
- Sally Issah second year ambassador worked on communicating clearly
- Tyrese first year ambassador also worked on communication
Public Speaking is very important when speaking in front of an audience because you need to be able to get your point across in a clear and coherent way. Your audience should be able to get a clear understanding of what your speaking about. There are many different techniques you can use when public speaking. Techniques we used when public speaking is making eye contact with your audience, projecting your voice, and speaking at moderate pace so you can get all your information across. We learned many new things during our public speaking workshop with Uriah.
There are certain things that make you a good public speaker:
- Having just the right amount of hand movements
- Focusing on what message your to convey
- Striking a power pose
- Good body language
- Engaging with your audience
Things to avoid when public speaking:
- Too many um’s and likes
- Not knowing what your speaking about
- Being distracted by outside factors
- Bad body language/ posture
- Going off track
Now what is a power pose? A power pose is a stance a person makes to give them power and confidence when speaking. These poses are often used in business meetings, conferences, stand-up shows, and events. Not only did we each pick a power pose, but we practiced striking our poses as we spoke to our audience. This helped us feel more comfortable and at ease when speaking in front of a group of people.
Hope you can find our tips helpful and thank you for taking sometime to check out what we’ve been up to!