In the second of our blog posts from the recent Leadership Academy masterclass on Public Speaking, FAD’s Joanne gets some insider tips from model, presenter and all round FAD supporter Annaliese Dayes.
Model and presenter Annaliese Dayes grew up just around the corner from the FAD office. As a teenager she attended Highbury Fields School then Camden School for Girls, before taking a BA in Media Studies at the University of Westminster.
Annaliese shared her top tips for speaking confidently in an exclusive Leadership Academy masterclass – here’s a summary of what she had to say:
- Do your research – the more you know, the more you can talk about it!
- Breathe! If your brain lacks oxygen, you can’t put sentences together.
- Think of phrases you can use while you think – I use “At the end of the day…”
- If you look good, you feel confident. People do judge a book by its cover, so if your covers are a bit tatty, it means you haven’t prepared enough! When I’m on the radio, the audience can’t see me, but they know if I’m feeling good, so I always make an effort.
- People don’t bite! Take a deep breath and say hello. They probably feel just as nervous as you do.
- Enjoy awkward moments – experiencing them means that you’re pushing yourself . Awkward moments help you to grow as a person.
- Expand your horizons – do something new every month. Get culture shocks wherever you go!
- Do things that you enjoy – they can only bring you joy.
- If you don’t expect good things…good things won’t happen to you.