The power of the smile when public speaking

Read this line aloud, without smiling.

“Today is a day you will never forget…”

Sounds a bit like a threat from a gangster movie, right?

Now try reading it with a smile on your face.

“Today is a day you will never forget…”

Now, it sounds like a celebration, something to be excited about.

Smiling when we speak can dramatically increase or decrease the intonation in our voice.

This is great when we’re delivering a speech or presentation as this simple change can instantly give us a voice that conveys a positive or negative emotion. It changes the whole mood of our talk.

How are you going to use your smile in your next presentation?

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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