William Hague, a former Foreign Secretary and one-time leader of the Conservative Party, is an excellent speaker. He first spoke at a Tory Conference when he was 16!
His speaking tips are always worth hearing. Three we particularly liked are:
People decide whether to listen or tune out at the start. What goes into the first 2 minutes is worth 10 times more than the 20th minute. The classic way to start is with a self- deprecating story that shows you’re not a pompous or an arrogant person.
Have some sugar before you speak. You need to wake up your voice. Fresh air really helps and so does something sweet.
Giving a speech is physical so get fit. Try delivering a full sentence in one breath. When delivering the speech, project from the chest rather than the throat.
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