Lessons for the ladies

Last week I mentioned that a female had become the Toastmasters world champion of public speaking, which I believe was a long time in coming.  

Often women have to work harder then men to be taken seriously when it comes to public speaking, it’s not fair, but there are some things that women can do to help themselves.

Lessons for the ladies:

1. Voice

A woman with a soft voice will appear to be lacking in confidence. Ensure that everyone can hear you and if necessary use a microphone.

A rising inflection at the end of your sentences will sound as if you’re posing a question and again you won’t sound confident. 

Record your presentations to ensure you sound confident and authoritative but not over bearing.

2. Body Language

Stand tall and straight, try to avoid standing with one leg crossed in front of the other. Make good eye contact, look like you own the stage and have a right to be there.

3. Attire

Women must dress the part. People will judge you by your attire in the first 7 – 10 seconds, if they don’t feel you’ve dressed professionally they’ll tune out.

Don’t wear low cut blouses, short skirts and ridiculously high heels. Professional business attire will speak volumes before you’ve even uttered a word.

Be confident in your message and yourself – own the stage!

Keep speaking – Carrol

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