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ESL learning: How to Speak In Public

Slow Down for Public Speaking

nervous speaker - Larry

Slow Down


Many people speed up when they are nervous. Do not move your body fast & do not start speaking too quickly. It shows a lack of confidence. Keep a slow pace on gestures & speech.


Use pauses in movement and speech. Pauses can signal the ending or the beginning of something. This can bring stress or attention to things. And pauses can inspire. Watch this popular video of Martin Luther King to see how he uses pauses:



Use longer periods of silence (extended pauses) to show confidence and to let the audience think about something or to anticipate something that is about to be said.

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By: Luke 

ETO American English teacher

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2 responses on "ESL learning: How to Speak In Public"

  1. Reblogged this on A2 English Blog and commented:
    From business meetings, to job interviews and even first dates, this will help with those pre-speech jitters

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