Last updated on 12/2/21
Master public speaking
- 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.
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.
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.
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.