Public Speaking Skills:
Learn Public Speaking Material Easily
Using Bits (AKA Chunks or Series)
A bit is a section of material that is so related to each other that
it makes it easy for you to memorize. Each point flows naturally from
one to the next so you can deliver the information without using your
notes (if you know your material).
Having good public speaking skills involves practice and preparation
before your presentation.
Until I learned about bits, I never thought I could be that great at
speaking because I'm not great at memorizing long talks. I discovered
that most people can't memorizes long talks either, even those with
great public speaking skills. They have a mental or written outline
consisting of key words that trigger the individual bit in their minds.
Pros use this concept to be able to deliver long presentations to the
public without the use of notes.
Becoming less dependent on notes has several advantages. When you stand
before a group and speak without using notes your credibility automatically
rises. The audience thinks, 'Wow! This person really knows their material.'
Since you won't be tied to a lectern or forced to hold notes, you can
get physically closer to the audience, or actually enter the audience
on occasion. The closer you are to them, the better you will connect.
When you leave the script at home you can speak naturally to the audience
rather than read to them. You will also be more confident because you
no longer have to worry about your notes getting lost, or being blown
away by the wind when outdoors.
Using bits has another big advantage. We are busy people. It's tough
to find a spare hour or day to practice your public speaking skills
for an upcoming presentation. Chunks of Bits or Series of Bits can be
practiced when you have a few minutes, a bit of time here and there.
You will be more likely to practice your material (and we all need
practice) if you can practice a three or five-minute chunk rather than
the whole presentation.
Remember the old slogan for the candy bar, "Bit of Honey"?
It was, "A bit of honey goes a long, long way."
So with these public speaking skills, learn your craft and your speech,
bit by bit, it will go a long way on your road to success.
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