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  • Writer's pictureHannah Telluselle

Take it to the stage!

What has been the one thing binding my life together, that has enabled me not only to feel happy and accomplished, but also enabled me a certain type of freedom, a sense of being able to claim my space, is to stand on stage. To perform.

To dance of course. But mostly when I can stand as myself holding a presentation, or a speech, is when I almost feel like I am given an extra layer to my voice, as if certain things become spoken on their own even if it is a bit weird to hear oneself through a microphone.

Here are some of my pointers on how to do a good speech:

* Be prepared. Whether you use powerpoints or not, have it all written down is a must. I use mindmaps.

* Have an attention getter. It can be a piece of music or a special example, or story, you start with.

* Ground yourself first with a couple of deep breaths. Look at a couple of people in the audience.

* Speak like you would in a professional conversation after you introduced yourself and your topic.

* Summarize at the end, and open for questions and discussion.

And remember Socrates: "I can't teach you anything. I can only make you think."

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