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How to Be Brilliant at Public Speaking 2e, 2nd Edition by Sarah Lloyd-Hughes

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Chapter 4

Expression in the body and voice

Key wisdom from this chapter

  • When the body feels safe, it is more creative: so only when we’ve handled the fight or flight response can we look to being more inspiring speakers.
  • Credibility comes from the body: look for solid posture, definite movement, a slow, assertive pace and powerful pausing if you want more gravitas in your speaking.
  • Charisma comes from the body: if you want to energise your audience, use dynamic gestures, movement, vocal range and passion in your body language and voice.
  • Connect with your audience: use inclusive gestures, connective eye contact and pauses if you’d like to involve your audience more in your talk.

Once you’ve found safety in the body, your nervous system functioning ...

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