The prospect of speaking in public strikes fear into many people, and can be challenging for even the most erudite and articulate professionals.

Many people associate public speaking with self-confidence, knowledge of classic oratorical techniques such as memorable phraseology and repetition, the ability to be spontaneous, powerful body language, a steady, weighty, voice, and real eye connection.

Even more important, it requires a deep understanding of your audience: their expectations, desires, fears, and behaviours, a clear view of what you want to say and the ability to frame your point of view appropriately.

Even the most confident speakers take time to devise and perfect their speeches. To help get you started, here are links to third-party tips for and examples of persuasive public speaking: