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Hello, everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.
In this lesson we're going to be talking
about public speaking.
Public speaking is daunting for most people.
It's commonly cited as the number one fear,
above snakes, above spiders and above heights.
Now, presenting in a foreign language is even harder
and the chances are if you want to work
in a multinational company,
you'll have to present at some point.
In this lesson I'm going to give you
some key tips for presenting clearly and confidently.
I'm also going to give you some key phrases
that you can use to fill in the gaps.
Additionally, I will help you develop
your presenting technique
so that you can look and sound
like those successful people you see giving Ted Talks.
Let's get started with the lesson.
(scratches)
(upbeat music)
Tip number one is to use set phrases to fill gaps.
Firstly, let's discuss some key phrases that you can use.
The first topic is greeting your audience.
You can say good morning,
good afternoon or good evening.
You can also say welcome to
and then the name of the event.
First, let me introduce myself.
I am Lucy from my company.
Beginning your presentation.
Let me start by giving you some background information.
Or as you're aware.
If you're bringing up a topic
that your audience already knows about
then you can use this phrase to introduce it.
For example, as you're aware
this product is available in three countries.
Transitioning to the next topic.
Before you move on to your next point,
make sure it's clear to your audience.
For example, let's move on to our next key point.
Or turning our attention now
to the results of our market research.
Providing more details.
I'd like to expand on.
For example, I'd like to expand on my point
about the fall in GDP.
You can also say, let me elaborate further.
Linking to another topic.
As I said at the beginning.
You can use this one to remind your audience
about a point you made earlier.
It can also be used for emphasis.
For example, as I said in the beginning,
we might have a crisis on the horizon.
The same goes for this relates
to what I was saying earlier.
Or this ties in with.
Emphasising a point.
The significance of this is.
Or this is important because.
Or we have to remember that.
Making reference to information.
Based on our findings.
Or our data shows.
Or according to our study.
Explaining visuals.
I'd like to illustrate this point by showing you.
Or this chart shows a breakdown of.
A breakdown is often used in a presentation
to show all of the smaller parts
of something bigger.
Repeating your point.
These phrases are useful for emphasis
and helping your audience to remember
and understand what you said.
In other words.
To put it simply.
What I mean to say is.
Concluding your presentation.
In conclusion.
Let me sum up my main points.
Thank you for your attention.
I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
Tip number two is slow down.
The number one tip I can give you
especially if English is not your first language
is slow down.
When we get nervous we tend to speed up.
If you combine this with an accent
that the audience isn't used to,
your audience will struggle to understand you.
This is especially important
at the beginning of any speech.
You need to give them a bit of time
to get used to how you speak.
Number three is use pauses to your advantage.
Pauses are so useful.
They give us time to process what is said.
After saying something impactful
I always leave a couple of seconds
for the audience to process it.
Use these pauses to give yourself time to think
and time to have a break.
Use them instead of saying um
which can sound unprofessional.
The best speakers make the audience think
that the pause has been included for their advantage
when in reality they just needed to take a second
to consider what they're going to say next.
Number four is do not apologise for your English.
Now this is controversial and I'm not going to say
that you should never say this
but definitely reconsider saying it.
More often than not when I watch a presentation
delivered by someone who isn't a native English speaker,
they will start their presentation with
sorry for my English.
I personally don't like this.
I think they're doing themselves a disservice.
They could take so much more control over the situation.
Why not try saying something else like,
"English isn't my first language,
but I'm going to try my best here."
Instead of seeming unconfident and nervous and embarrassed
you're taking ownership,
you're dealing with your circumstances.
Number five is practise but don't learn.
You can 100% tell the difference
between somebody who's delivering a presentation naturally
and somebody who has learnt a presentation word for word.
A practise presentation is organic and trustworthy,
it flows.
A learnt presentation is rigid, memorised
and a bit stagnant.
It doesn't matter if your presentation
is ever so slightly different each time you practise it.
Number six, use your cue cards to your advantage.
If you are allowed to use cue cards or speaker's notes
you must have them.
You might not actually need to use them
in your presentation
but consider them your insurance policy.
If the worse comes to the worst and you get stuck
or get stage fright,
they will help you get right back on track.
Having them in your hand
also might make you feel more confident.
You never know when you're going to be caught off guard.
Number seven is body language.
Think about your body language.
Everyone is different but when I present
I don't like to walk around on stage.
I'm very uncoordinated
and it's likely I will trip or stumble.
I like to have my feet apart so that I'm steady.
I have my cue cards in one hand
but I use both to gesticulate and emphasise.
Practise in front of the mirror.
Think about your chest,
is it puffed out?
Think about where you look in the room.
Do you focus on one person in the audience
or do you flick around?
Think about your nervous ticks.
Mine is touching my hair and stroking my ring
or my thumbnail.
Try not to do that.
Film yourself delivering your presentation
and work out what body language needs to stay
and what needs to go.
Tip number eight is dress for the part.
If it's smart casual I lean towards the smart side.
Feeling smart makes you feel more confident.
Iron that shirt, shine those shoes
and paint those nails if you are so inclined.
Have a small mirror on you to check your teeth and face
if you know that you will have a camera on you.
Number nine is watch you who want to sound like.
My final tip is to learn from the best.
Watch a variety of Ted Talks and interesting speeches
and consider which styles of delivery you like best.
Find out more about the speaker
and try to channel their confidence and delivery
but don't mimic.
You need to develop your own style.
Being inspired is the best way to do this.
Right, that's it for this lesson.
If you have any more advice
on how to improve your public speaking
please do comment down below.
I really hope you enjoyed this lesson
and I hope you learned something.
Don't forget to connect with me
on all of my social media.
I've got my Facebook, my Instagram and my Twitter
and I shall see you soon for another lesson.
(blows a kiss)
(upbeat music)
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職場必備!英語簡報、演講詞彙與建議 (Presentation Phrases & Public Speaking Advice | Business English Course Lesson 8)

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Jessieeee 發佈於 2019 年 6 月 17 日    Karen 翻譯    Evangeline 審核
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