- Speak loudly, slowly and clearly and let your confidence and enthusiasm show. Vary your vocal variety – change the tone, volume, speed and pitch of your voice.
- Please remember that most participants are not native English speakers. Avoid speaking too quickly as this may affect the audience’s ability to understand you.
- Avoid reading your slides. Engage with the audience as far as possible and make eye contact.
- Speak to the ways people learn; auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Know your audience so that you can offer the right mix. Research suggests 40% are visual, 40% are kinesthetic, and only 20% are auditory. If you don’t use props or visuals, you will not reach 80% of your audience. Be inclusive and find ways/tools that will speak to 100% of the people in your audience.
- Encourage questions: be patient and listen to the question without interrupting the person asking the question whilst he/she is in mid-flow.
- Humour can be an effective tool for establishing rapport or making a point. Any joke you tell should be appropriate.
- Learn to laugh at your mistakes (if you make any).
- Have a reverence for the work you do. It is a privilege to be on the platform and with this comes an awesome responsibility to your audience. Speaking is an art and a skill. Tap in to your creativity, your wholesomeness, your playfulness and live/speak from the inside out.
- Enjoy your session. If you enjoy it, your audience is likely to enjoy it too.
If you are unable to attend the Congress and need to send a replacement, please contact Pat Vanhove via e-mail at: pat.vanhove<at>ecco-org.eu
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