Burnley workers can brush up skills as survey reveals confidence dip

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Public speaking tips for those heading back to the workplace

People across Burnley are being shown how to brush up on their public speaking skills as more employees head back into the workplace.

Recent research by Speak With Impact found large numbers of people in Burnley were likely to have lost confidence when it comes to speaking in front of others since the pandemic.

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That is based on exclusive polling which revealed 21 per cent of those questioned in the north west said they were “less confident” with “public speaking now compared to before Covid”.

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Now expert Gavin Brown has said there are a few simple things people in Burnley can do to improve their confidence and present better in person.

The Survation polling questioned more than 2,000 people across the UK.

Gavin Brown, director of Speak With Impact, said:

“Right across the UK more people are going back into the workplace, and that’s true of Burnley too.

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“But we also know from polling I carried out that 21 per cent of people in the north west have lost confidence when it comes to public speaking.

“Fortunately there are some simple things people can do to speak more impressively in front of others now things are returning to normal.

“That includes rehearsing while standing up – now that there are no Zoom cameras to hide behind, speakers need to remember that an audience can see their whole body, not just a headshot.

“People also should get used to using fewer notes, as talking to a group without doing so remotely means there isn’t the facility for multiple post-it notes fixed to a screen.

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“Eye contact may feel more unnatural than ever after so long spent looking at a computer, but when building trust and engagement with colleagues and clients in the flesh it’s never been more important.

“Finally, more dynamic use of voice and gestures are also vital – behind a screen you get away with being quiet and motionless, but in a room you have to be louder and more mobile to get that message across.

“More tips for those nervous about public speaking can be found at my website – www.speakwithimpact.com/presentation-resources.”

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