Public Speaking Tips to Command the Room


Most people are afraid to speak in front of an audience, but it’s a fear you can overcome. If you want to move into a business leadership role, you need to get over the fear of public speaking. Marcy Twete of Career Network Girls shares six tips to command a room:

  1. Practice, practice practice!
  2. Use a prop to give you something to do with your hands.
  3. Stick to the bullets rather than reading word-for-word statements. Don’t read from a script. Instead, speak naturally.
  4. To feel less intimidated, talk to specific people rather than trying to speak to everyone in the room at the same time. Make eye contact.
  5. Move around. It makes you seem more natural to your audience and can reduce your anxiety.
  6. Speak often. The more frequently you speak in front of audiences, the more comfortable you’ll feel.

As a public speaker, I agree with all of Marcy’s tips. Practice is essential and believe it or not, walking around the room does make it easier!

What are your top public speaking tips? Leave a comment and share.

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Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on,,,, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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