Norwalk, CN (PRWEB) May 2, 2006
Some people have nightmares about it, while others just plain avoid it as much as possible. Public speaking isn’t a favorite hobby for most, but it doesn’t have to be embarrassing or awkward, says AP9 BusinessMax, a professional development and business solution discount program available from Adaptive Marketing LLC.
AP9 BusinessMax members enjoy savings on their small business and personal needs, such as professional development, sales tools and even medical benefits, when they access DealPass. With today’s hectic lifestyle, AP9 BusinessMax members can save up to 20% on their online or in-store purchases at popular retailers. So even if speaking in front of a crowd is nerve-wracking, shopping for software, media and travel services will be easy and enjoyable.
AP9 BusinessMax offers these tips for delivering an effective and memorable speech:
-- Dress for the part. Depending on the audience, occasion and reason behind the speech, clothing plays a role. If it’s a formal event, obviously a suit or evening gown is expected. But if the occasion calls for a laid back atmosphere (for example, at an after-hours going-away party), then aim for a business casual look.
-- Work the room. Arrive in advance at the location of the event. Find out the room, stage or area where the speeches are delivered. Walk around it, examine its depth and width, and spend as much time as possible in it. Look around for any obstacles in or near the speaking area, and test the lighting and projection equipment, if necessary. And definitely rehearse.
-- Speak up, slow down, and stand still. Speakers should always project their voice so that the very last row in the audience can hear everything they say. Make a conscious effort to speak slowly and clearly. Although speakers should avoid just standing in one place on a stage or floor, they also shouldn’t shift their weight from foot to foot, gesture repeatedly, tap their feet or pace constantly. Movements should be used to emphasize key points in a speech or be used to specifically point to information presented on a screen. The best way to address all of these issues is to have a friend videotape a rehearsal session; the playback will reveal nervous or distracting habits.
-- Practice, practice, practice! This can’t be stressed enough. Practicing the entire speech as much as possible will generate more confidence. The added confidence will calm nerves as well as keep the audience from losing interest or missing the message. Practicing in front of a mirror is the typical recommendation, but practicing in front of friends or family is even better. Get feedback from them, practice privately, and deliver again. Preparation is the ticket to a successful speaking engagement.
When tapped for that special occasion or for a presentation on the job, members know they have access to exclusive discounts on office supplies, health care, stationery, flowers and gifts through AP9 BusinessMax.
About AP9 BusinessMax
AP9 BusinessMax is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in health care, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs such as AP9 BusinessMax.