Thoughts on Public Speaking

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Her research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. Take a look at one of her TED talks:

Professor Albert Mehrabian, born 1939, is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA). He has become very well known by his publications on the relative importance of verbal and nonverbal messages - ie. body language. Mehrabian has been quoted for many years saying that our body language must be congruent with our message because our words convey only 7% of the meaning, our vocal expression 38% and our body language a whopping 55% of what the audience will remember and believe!

Table Topics or Extemporaneous Speaking

Within the Toastmasters organizations, participants practice planned and prepared speeches as well as extemporaneous speaking. Both are part of public speaking and all should be mastered with some degree of confidence.

For more information on public speaking, consider attending Better Business Network - TriCities Chapter lunch meeting on Wednesday, September 17 at 11:30 AM at Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles.  For more info go to or call Cynthia at 708-989-4439.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations. For more information go to

Talk of the Town Toastmasters, Batavia, IL meets every Friday morning, 7:00 – 8:15 AM at the Holmstad. Join me there this Friday. For more information, go to

What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying. Ralph Waldo Emerson