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When is the last time you took your temperature? To be more specific, when is the last time you took your public speaking temperature? Maybe never but you may want to consider doing this before your next speaking engagement.  Here’s why I say that…

Too often some public speakers come across as lacking warmth.  Have you noticed that? Perhaps there are different reasons for this however audiences are clearly impacted by this element and therefore they respond accordingly.  Ask yourself these ten questions:

  1. Do I scan my entire body and notice muscle areas that I need to relax before speaking?
  2. Do I employ progressive relaxation techniques, as needed?
  3. Do I use vocal warm-ups to help stretch my vocal cords?
  4. Do I remove unnecessary distractions before speaking?
  5. Do I greet my audience members with a sincere smile?
  6. While speaking, do I smile appropriately?
  7. Do I use hand and body gestures effectively to enhance what I’m conveying (including my posture)?
  8. Do I use eye-contact/eye-connection when relating to the audience?
  9. When listening, do I have a relaxed yet interested expression?
  10. Do I use a varied rate of speech so that I don’t sound too rushed?

These are some of the questions you may wish to ask yourself when you want to assess your public speaking temperature.  You can probably think of others, and I encourage you to do so in order to make this list meaningful for you. This list of ten questions is a good start when it comes to exhibiting warmth toward your audience. Many of us think of ourselves as warm individuals which is why it is worthwhile to carefully consider each question.

Having warmth as a public speaker is extremely important and can also be learned and practiced.  It comes from our mind, body, voice, and words, meaning that it’s multifaceted.  You may notice that you’re strong in one area but need to improve in another area (perfectly normal).  One option is to record yourself (both audio and video) and then observe the playback.  This type of feedback is invaluable.

The question is…do you know your public speaking temperature?  If I may help you, please feel free to either call 518-664-6004 or email dale@profitablespeech.com 

Can’t wait to hear from you.