London360 List Blog: How to be a Powerful Public Speaker


Hi Everyone! 🙂

Here is my list I did for London360 in October 2015 about Public Speaker Naomi Sesay:

Naomi Sesay is an Author, Professional Speaker and Wealth Creator who visited the Media Trust in West London on the 7th October 2015. She gave a session on the power of public speaking to London360 Multimedia Genius Trainee Journalists.

Here are her top ten pieces of advice on how to be a powerful public speaker:

  1. Body Language is 55% of communication. This is so important as is your image, presence, poise and projection. From the moment you leave the door of your house you are on stage.
  1. Your voice is also important. This is because people can detect a lot of things from it. Words, articulation, vernacular and projection are also important too. Did you know that on average we only use 500 words to describe our day?
  1. Remember that people like people who are like themselves. Having a common language also helps.
  1. Having a strong verbal language can help you become stronger. Things like register, timbre (tone) and prosody (melody) are very useful. Not forgetting your pace, pitch and volume can help too.
  1. When public speaking:
  • Know your subject.
  • Know your audience.
  • Know your style.
  1. Silence is a powerful tool and use it to your advantage. By moving across the stage/room will also keep your audience focused on you.
  1. Having an identity is key. Remember these questions:
  • Who are you?
  • What do you believe in?
  • How do you see yourself?
  • How do you think others see you?
  1. Make sure that your public identity and personal identity are completely separate from each other.
  1. Be unique, be confident and be true to yourself.
  1. Finally, there are different levels of leadership. These are:
  • Self Leadership.
  • Community Leadership.
  • Servant Leadership.
  • Call to Action.
  • Movement & Tribes.

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