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Caleb Kraft
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great points
Caleb Kraft   10/4/2013 2:57:16 PM
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Thanks for the tips Jeremy. I'd have to agree that just going out and practicing is going to have the biggest impact possible on your ability to speak. A nice personal event like the one you filmed looks like the perfect place to beat those speaking jitters down. 

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Re: great points
Sheetal.Pandey   10/4/2013 3:45:42 PM
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Public speaking should be encoraged among Engineers, it gives them lots of confidence and takes away shyness. It also reflects in the work results and team spirit. Enginner's work is quite tiring mentally, public speaking can give lots of relaxation.

JeremySCook
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Re: great points
JeremySCook   10/5/2013 11:36:32 AM
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Yeah, it's definitely a change from what I normally do!

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Re: great points
JeremySCook   10/5/2013 11:39:23 AM
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No problem Caleb, I enjoyed writing it... Another skill that's probably good to practice for engineers!

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Good place to learn public speaking
ClarkJones   10/4/2013 3:47:53 PM
Nearly 30 years ago, I joined Toastmasters for about a year.  It was fun, and a good place to learn some public speaking.  Also an interesting way to meet a few non-engineers.  I'd highly recommend Toastmasters for any fellow engineer.

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Re: Good place to learn public speaking
Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:44:55 PM
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at a glance it seems like it would be a fantastic opportunity to get some experience.

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Love extempore speech
_hm   10/6/2013 12:05:14 PM
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These are very good points and there should be more formal list. However, I love extempore speech and they are more engrossing. For this, one must have very sound understanding of subject and should have worked on that topic for few months or years.

 

 

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Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:56:17 PM
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@_hm: I love extempore speech and they are more engrossing. For this, one must have very sound understanding of subject and should have worked on that topic for few months or years.

I go for a mix -- I use slides that have pictures with little text -- and then I make the rest up as I go along :-)

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_hm   10/7/2013 6:58:26 PM
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@Max: With your profound knowledge of industry, that may be proper way. People will like to listen to you.

 

rick merritt
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Good tips
rick merritt   10/7/2013 1:53:31 AM
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I agree public speaking like writing can help you clarify your thoughts and bolster confidence.

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:45:34 PM
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It reminds me of teaching. You learn more by teaching something!

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:54:42 PM
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@Caleb: It reminds me of teaching. You learn more by teaching something!

You are 100% correct. Also, it's when you start explaining something to somebody that you realize the parts you don't know as well as perhaps you thought you did :-)

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:45:49 PM
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It reminds me of teaching. You learn more by teaching something!

Max The Magnificent
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Death by bullets
Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:59:44 PM
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Another point is that you should not have a slide that contains onlt bulleted text ... and if you do feel that you have to have such a slide as part of the handout, for goodness sake don't read it to the audience -- they will have finished it while you are still on the first line -- just say something like "Here's a list of things you should have in your emergency walrus polishing kit" and then move on to the next slide.


When I'm giving a talk I like to use slides containing images that remind me of the main flow -- but then I just talk to the slides so that it's new to the audience (and often to me :-)

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Humor
JanineLove   10/7/2013 4:05:19 PM
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One thing I would suggest is let your sense of humor shine through in your speaking. You let yours come through in the writing of this piece, so I bet it's in your presentations as well.

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JeremySCook   10/7/2013 4:17:51 PM
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Well thank!  Hopefully that is true!

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David Ashton   10/7/2013 4:59:19 PM
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@Janine, I'd second that.  I don't do much public speaking and I don't think i'm that good at it, but one thing I have learned is that if you can get your audience to laugh you're more than half way there.  And if you can poke fun at yourself, so much the better, you don't run the risk of offending anyone and people won't think you are "stuck up"...

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Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 5:08:38 PM
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Yep, a little laughter brings an instant connection. If you can make them cry, that's good too, but hard to pull off without just insulting them. then they hate you.

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Max The Magnificent   10/8/2013 10:18:17 AM
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@Caleb: If you can make them cry, that's good too...

All I'd have to do is sing them a song .... that reduces most people to tears :-)

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