An Introduction to Public Speaking

Most of us truly dread public speaking. But there will be a point in our lives when giving a speech becomes unavoidable. Most certainly when we take on a leadership role, or when we are invited to speak at a conference as an expert in our field. So, how do we construct and deliver a good speech? In six shorts clips with a total running time of 10 minutes, we focus on the three essential elements to get it right: first, tell a proper story; second, be your best authentic self; and third, rehearse to make your speech truly your own.

Steve Leroy is a business executive with a diverse track record in legal, public & regulatory affairs, communications, corporate social responsibility or environmental, social & governance factors and crisis management. He has considerable experience in the drinks industry, as well as in the media & telecommunications sector. Steve’s academic background is in both law and business. His command of public speaking is based on extensive experience, training and reading about the subject.

01:38Tell a proper story - making sense to your audience
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Tell a proper story - making sense to your audience

To get in the right mindset for putting your speech together, always start by considering...

01:36Tell a proper story – developing a narrative
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Tell a proper story – developing a narrative

Humans like stories, because since the early origins of mankind, stories have been the way...

02:02Tell a proper story – creating a logical flow
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Tell a proper story – creating a logical flow

After having built your narrative, you ensure your speech flows well, with a logical structure...

02:15Be your authentic best self
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Be your authentic best self

To be at your most effective as a speaker, you should be your best, authentic...

02:11Rehearse to make your speech truly your own
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Rehearse to make your speech truly your own

Rehearsing is about road-testing whether your story really works and whether you come across the...