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Last updated on 2/18/22

Master public speaking

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Evaluated skills

  • Deal with the unexpected and respond appropriately
  • Work on your body language and oral communication to deliver your message with panache
  • Adapt your speech depending on the context


In this quiz, you will be put in several public speaking scenarios:

  • Speaking at a conference.
  • Teaching a class.
  • Giving an in-house presentation.
  • Attending a job interview.

Answer the questions in order to test your ability to speak in these different situations.

  • Question 1

    Speaking at a conference

    You have been preparing to speak at a TED talk for several months. It is the first time you will be taking part as a speaker, but you have already attended as a spectator in the past.

    You start your conference and realize that the lapel microphones are not working correctly. The sound engineer rushes in and hands you a hand-held microphone. Do you hold it:

    • At your chest: your voice will be lower.

    • Against your chin. It will be at the right distance, and you can rest it on something.

    • Close to your forehead. It may be surprising, but this is the best way to get your ideas across.

    • About 5 to 10 centimeters in front of your mouth to avoid it picking up breathing and other noise.

  • Question 2

    You get into the heart of the matter. All eyes are on you, and you start to feel self-conscious and nervous. To calm yourself down you:

    Careful, there are several correct answers.
    • Lower your head and stare at the floor. It reduces your stress level and allows you to concentrate.

    • Put your hands behind your back. It balances your body and makes you appear professional, and reassures you.

    • Look at your audience by keeping your gaze focused on several people in turn. It will help you feel more stable.

    • Walk around during the transitions when you are not speaking to denote the transition.

  • Question 3

    Everything is going fine until you suddenly draw a blank and cannot remember what comes next! Your mind goes blank, and you feel a knot in your stomach. What do you do?

    • You run away. Life is too short to put yourself through that.

    • You point to the back of the room, saying, "Look at that!" and use the time to scour your notes.

    • You take a deep breath while you find your thread.

    • You discreetly ask someone in the wings to whisper your lines to you.