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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
@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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