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Speak Better: Public Speaking - with Visualisation

Updated: Nov 24

Public speaking on a stage using a microphone.

Introduction - Learn to Speak Better in Public

There is one thing many articles about public speaking do not mention.

They overlook the technique of 'visualisation'. This article seeks to fix that situation by explaining it to you.

So, how does someone 'visualise' and how does it help with making public speeches?

Simply put, it's this.

First of all, I want you to close your eyes and visualise - that is, I want you to imagine you are sitting in the audience (or backstage) waiting to be called upon to speak. You can actually SEE yourself there.

Breathe deeply, and try to relax.

Imagine hearing your name called and you stand or you get ready to walk onstage.

You make your way to the stage - or to the lectern.

You feel SO confident because you have practiced, you've rehearsed your speech over and over.

But you haven't memorised any of it. That's important.

The worst thing that can happen is if you forget, and worse, apologise and start from the beginning.

But forget that...back to visualisation - you can 'see' your speech from beginning to end. You quickly think of the main points you want to make.

You can see yourself getting closer to the lectern where you will be standing.

Continue to breathe, relax more deeply, and visualise the audience listening intently to you speaking, 'listen' to them laughing at the funny story you are telling them, or watch them nodding as they listen to your touching story.

Everything is going to plan. You feel amazing!

You smile, look around, you are relaxed, and you begin.

You make each and every point, and remember the little anecdotes to support your points and you reach the end.

You conclude successfully and you smile as you hear the audience clapping your performance.

Now that's how you do a visualisation.

And do you know what?

It works! You will achieve better spoken English.


This article has been intended to help you speak better in public with the easily-learned and practiced visualisation technique and which is included in My 'simply better' Method: Module B - available to buy from my Home Page.

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(c) Apex English Tutoring Jan 2021 - Updated Nov 2023

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About the Author

Michael Finemore, MA (Research) CQU, TEFL/TESOL Certificate, an experienced English Teacher, is the Owner-Operator of Apex English Tutoring.

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