Polishing Your Public Speaking: Beyond Picturing People in Their Underpants (D4)

Date + Time: Monday, July 15, 2019: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Speakers: Heather Joy, Chapman University; Andrea Muto, Georgetown University Law Library; Ashley Sundin, Gonzaga University

BoK Domains: Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level, Teaching + Training

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Public speaking isn’t just giving a speech—it’s oral communication with an audience. Your audience might be 200, 20, or 2—it’s still public speaking, and that is a skill we can all improve. From providing instruction, to participating in meetings, to executing the ever-necessary elevator speech, you’re probably doing more public speaking than you expected back in library school. Whether you have to conquer your fear every time, only flounder once in a while, or just feel like you can do better, you can improve your public speaking in any context. The old “picturing them in their underpants” trick is always a valid option, but it’s time to consider some other strategies to polish your public speaking skills and leave the underpants behind.

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