Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Dos and Don'ts at the Podium

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Dos and Don'ts at the Podium

Article excerpt

At some point in your career you'll likely be asked to do public speaking. The way you present yourself gives a first impression of how competent you are. Here are some tips to keep in mind before, during and after your presentation.

Prior to the speech...

[] Consider the purpose and speak to it. Is it a formal atmosphere or an informal, interactive one? Are you trying to educate your audience or move it to action? Keep the appropriate tone throughout.

[] Speak only about what you know well. Begin with a strong introduction and keep the presentation simple, understandable and memorable. Let your passion for your business or product come through; no matter what you're talking about, people want to see your enthusiasm.

[] Give yourself a time limit. Practice making your message fit the time available.

During the speech ...

[] Balance the format of your information. Cover the basics and put the details in a handout.

[] Use anecdotes and stories to show rather than tell.

[] Be mindful of your language. Don't use words above or below your listeners' level of comprehension. And vary the pace of your speech to keep it interesting. …

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