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Tips on How to be a Better Public Speaker
Posted: August 01, 2007

You have probably heard it said that a strong ability to speak in public can improve your career. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of others, there are some things you can do to get more punch into your speeches. You might want to use the principles of one of the most revered speakers of all time, Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are a few of his public speaking principles as outlined in Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips:

  • Speak in clear, common language.
  • Speak in the shared language of the community to whom you are speaking.
  • Use metaphors, similes and images.
  • Use devices such as rhythm, cadence and alliteration to enhance your speech.
  • Select key words and phrases for repetition to increase the impact on listeners.
  • Speak with sincerity and simplicity about the hopes and aspirations of those in your organization.


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