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Tips for Public Speaking
You approach the door. You are feeling anxious as you enter a room full of strangers. Your heart beats faster and your palms get clammy. Even the most confident and social of professionals get a little nervous. But with a bit of preparation—along with some expert coaching—you can navigate a room with confi dence and ease.
Whether cocktails with clients or a cousin’s wedding, making conversation creates potential. While some people appear adept at casual chitchat, the truth is 93 percent of us self-identify as shy, says Susan RoAne, known as The Mingling Maven® and best-selling author of How to Work a Room. The key is advance preparation.
“Read the paper, find out what’s going on in your community, business world, real world, because then you will feel more prepared to make conversation. Have a self-intro, but a pleasantry, not an elevator speech,” RoAne says.
When entering a setting where most of the room is full of strangers, where should you head first?
“There are people who say head to the middle, but I say look to the periphery. They’re easy to approach. They could be just one of the 93 percent who self-identify as shy who are more uncomfortable than you,” RoAne says.
“Stand in the periphery, do agreeable body language, and when someone includes you visually or verbally, step in. When you’re invited, give a bit about yourself. A savvy mingler stops and a...
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