As an Executive Voice Coach and Communication Skills Trainer I coach and mentor people to speak better in public situations. For many, it could be formal situations like board presentations, mainstream media opportunities or international speeches at cross country negotiations. At other times it could be for informal situations addressing team members, giving farewell or welcome to the company speeches or just interacting better with colleagues.
One of the small, but I believe very powerful tips I received years ago when I was a professional Opera Singer, was to rehearse in your shoes. The shoes that you are likely to wear at the event. It is important for several reasons:
If you don't have the right shoes, find some. Give them a special place in your wardrobe and rehearse in them often. Make sure they are clean and presentable when you speak as well. We often judge a person by their shoes. So stand up and stand out!
David Corcoran is a Executive Voice Coach. He helps people take responsibility for their communication. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.