Speaking Tips for the Terrified Writer

When a good writer is great at public speaking sales can often increase. But when a terrified writer bombs on the stage, sales can actually decrease. Audiences expect more than confidence, passion, and knowledge from the person behind a microphone. The speaker must also entertain.

Before you cancel all of your speaking engagements, consider these tips to help you make a better public impression.

In my last speaking post, I talked about what to wear to help you feel more confident. This time let’s talk what to wear to appear more professional.

Prepare for battery pack. If you’re given the choice of a wireless microphone or a stationary mike, take the wireless. Moving around on stage will make you appear more confident and entertaining. But keep in mind that you’ll have to clip the battery pack somewhere. Just by adding a belt to your outfit, you will eliminate those worries. Wear a shirt or blouse that can untuck enough to thread the cord. Hiding the mic cord will keep it from falling over your shoulder and creating a distraction while you speak.

Legs aren’t my best asset so I add sexy shoes.

Nothing revealing. Redirecting the focus from your message to your assets is asking to have said assets judged. Consider what body parts will be exposed because if you’re boring considering your exposed body parts is exactly what your audience is doing. Remember if you’re elevated above your audience, your legs will show – are they killer? If not, don’t parade them. Wear pants or a longer skirt.

Great for a night out, but earrings and bare shoulder would only work if I was giving a brief acceptance speech for winning some wonderful writer award.

Avoid distracting garments or jewelry pieces. If your jacket bugs you, it bugs your audience. Either button a button to hold your jacket closed or take it off if you can’t leave it alone. Jewelry shouldn’t make noise when you move. Some earrings interfere with an over-the-ear mic and cause a rustling sound or that shrill feedback. Large, flat gold or silver pieces on necklaces can catch the light and send a blinding glare back to your audience.

Next time we’ll talk about how even a beginner can add a satisfying element of entertainment to their speech.

Loved hearing about all of the wardrobe malfunctions last time. Tell me what public speakers do that can irritate you.

About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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3 Responses to Speaking Tips for the Terrified Writer

  1. Julie Garmon says:

    Good stuff, Lynne. Taking notes for November. Keep ’em coming!

  2. Lynne Gentry says:

    You always look great, Julie.

  3. Good way of seeing things – I’m a little more of a black and white guy, myself

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