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    Raise Your Hand if You Dread Public Speaking

    by Ellen Ullman, on Apr 24, 2024 10:36:39 AM

    Most people are afraid of public speaking, but for educators, it’s an essential skill to master. Whether you’re delivering a lecture, leading a parent-teacher conference, or presenting at ISTE, effective communication is at the heart of teaching. In this blog we’ll review the importance of public speaking and share a few tips to help you improve your skills.

    Why Public Speaking Matters for Teachers

    Effective public speaking engages students and makes learning more enjoyable. As anyone who has attended a conference or PD session knows, a dynamic presentation can ignite curiosity, spark conversation, and have a lasting impact.

    Speaking confidently enhances your authority both in and out of the classroom. When teachers speak with conviction, they establish credibility and gain students' respect.

    As a teacher, you communicate with parents, administrators, colleagues, outside experts, and more. Strong public speaking skills allow you to be persuasive and build positive relationships.

    Tips for Improving Public Speaking Skills

    1. Know Your Audience. Tailor your message to your audience’s needs and interests. Understanding your students' backgrounds, interests, and learning styles can help you deliver more relevant and engaging lessons.

    2. Organize Your Materials. Structure your presentation with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Use visual aids, such as slides or handouts, to enhance comprehension and reinforce key points.

    3. Use Engaging Delivery Techniques. Vary your tone, pace, and gestures to keep your audience engaged. Include storytelling, real-life examples, or humor when you can to make your presentations memorable and relatable.

    4. Banish the Butterflies. Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, to calm your nerves. Focus on your message and the value you’re providing to your audience.

    5. Seek Feedback. Invite peers, mentors, or colleagues to watch and weigh in. Pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal cues from your audience to gauge their engagement and adjust your delivery accordingly.

    6. Continuously Learn and Grow. Public speaking is something you can improve by attending workshops, watching videos, enrolling in courses, and—most of all—practicing.

    From now on, we encourage you to take every opportunity to present and to let your voice be heard.