How to Talk in Front of a Large Group

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Talking in front of a large group can seem intimidating. Many people suffer from extreme anxiety when they are expected to speak in front of a large group of people. But, being armed with a few tips and tricks can help you speak with confidence and overcome your fear.

  • Take the necessary time to research, organize and prepare your presentation. Even if you're just discussing how to have a block party with your neighbors, preparation is vital to being able to talk to a large group of people effectively and without anxiety.

  • Practice your presentation out loud to yourself, making sure it sounds fluid. Practice using any tools that will accompany your speech as well. For example, if you are giving a PowerPoint presentation, you will want to ensure pages are in the correct sequence, all grammar is correct, any animation works, etc. Once you feel confident that everything's in order, practice in front of family and family to get more comfortable speaking to a group.

  • Choose an outfit that fits properly and is in good condition. The outfit should make you feel comfortable and confident.

  • Smile and make eye contact. Your audience is human. The more they feel you are acknowledging them, the more they will respond in kind.

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