10 Things We Can Learn About Public Speaking From Kristen Stewart (Because She Is The Worst)

K-Stew epitomizes what not to do when public speaking. Whether you’re accepting an award, giving a presentation, making a toast, or having an interview, the public speaking knowledge that can be gleaned from the Twilight star’s many awkward speeches knows no bounds. Luckily we’ve broken it down to 10 simple public-speaking tips you can learn from watching Kristen Stewart.

 

1. Don’t act like whoever you’re speaking to is beneath you, or like they’re wasting your time.

Obviously this is particularly essential in interviews, because if anything, you’re the one wasting their time. Don’t act like you’re above the position or like you have somewhere else to be. If someone is taking the time to consider hiring you, be gracious. But, as Kristen Stewart shows us, this rule is also important when making speeches. No one wants to listen to someone who acts like she has better places to be.

2. Don’t excessively touch your face or hair.

Classic Kristen Stewart move. Her favorites are touching her forehead like she’s checking her own temperature, grabbing the top of her hair as if she’s trying to make it look even messier than it already does (I think this is how she styles it), or tucking her hair behind her ears three or four times. Don’t do this. Even if you’re nervous, try to keep your hands away from your face, unless you’re about to sneeze on someone.

3. Don’t bite your lip; it makes you look nervous and self conscious.

Another classic. It’s not cute, coy, or sexy; you just look like a little kid trying to tell his mom he broke a vase.

4. Avoid “like,” “uh,” “um,” or any other interjection that means nothing.

This is Public Speaking 101, but Kristen is such a flagrant offender that it had to be included. Sometimes it’s tough to do, especially if you’re a common “like” user in casual conversation. The best thing to do is try to eliminate that word in all conversation as much as possible, which will make it much easier to avoid in speeches and the like. If you need to speak a little more slowly than usual to avoid these place fillers, then do so.

5. Don’t trail off at the end of sentences.

I find this is actually one of the more difficult things to avoid, especially in interviews or verbal exams, or any other time you are unsure of yourself. Do your absolute best to finish your sentences firmly. If you’re not confident in what you are saying, how can you expect anyone else to be?

6. Don’t turn declarative sentences into questions.

In the same vein, upping her pitch at the end of sentences is another one of Kristen’s favorite things to do. Like trailing off, this makes you look unsure of what you’re saying. If you have something to say, say it.

7. Look at the person you’re speaking to.

Another public speaking tip your parents probably taught you when you were in kindergarten. When you’re talking to someone, don’t look at the floor; look the person in the eye. Sometimes if you’re speaking to a large group, looking at the back wall just over everyone’s head helps, since you can’t make eye contact with every single person. But basically, just don’t look down. Similarly , don’t slouch.

8. Avoid long pauses.

Again, be confident. If you lose track of what you’re saying, just keep talking and you can often come back around to your point. This isn’t to say just babble about nothing; keep going on the topic, and you’ll work yourself back to the point you were making.

9. Don’t curse or make jokes that will make people feel awkward.

Though you may think that throwing in a curse word will make people feel more comfortable or make your speech feel more casual, in most cases it should be avoided. Curse words are much more jarring in speeches than they are in every day conversation.

10. Don’t end speeches/presentations/answers to questions with “So…there you go,” “So…yeah,” “Kay bye,” or any derivation thereof.

These are actual quotes from the ends of some of Kristen Stewart’s speeches. Just don’t.

11. BONUS: Less on when and when not to release a public statement.

Don’t release a public statement when you cheat on your boyfriend. It is really awkward and just seems excessive. Press releases are for when you release your own perfume line.

 

 

(Photo: The Examiner)

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    • imadime71

      i would add: try to seem interesting. kristen stewart seems like just about the least interesting person in the public eye to me (just behind mitt romney), and like a huge bore. zzzzzzzzzzzz…

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    • Nicketa

      Sorry, Trackback, but it’s a box office hit because of Charlize, not Kristen. She is the Oscar winning actress here. That being said, as I commented about Kristen in the said article that you linked, if you don’t want to make a speech then don’t make it, skip the awards if you can and go do something you want to do, even if it’s just sitting on the couch watching TV. Do you like your job or not? Are you not passionate about it and appreciate the support that you get from fans who gave you the award? I mean I’m not a fan but I would hate to be one. When she was younger, it was expected but she’s getting older. If you like acting but hate all the extra fluff then make it clear before you do a movie, one appearance at the premiere then I’m off to something else, any awards, mail it to my address. The media will probably talk about you anyway but at least you’ll be happy and won’t have to make any awkward speeches and offend people!

      • kent

        Charlize Theron has never sold a movie alone , never. Being an Oscar nominated doesn’t make you a box office draw. So your opinion is invalid here

    • Sam

      WOW! what kind of a cow are you? yes she’s awkward and shy.. definitely not a good public speaker.. but what are you? a bitch who takes pride in others weaknesses? you my dear Kelsey are a horrible person.. so she’s got a better life than you.. just deal with it.. don’t show your jealously in these petty articles.. because this is even more unattractive than bad public speaking.

    • Victoria

      Bull. Shit. Are you seriously comparing public speaking as a non-famous person to having to talk to millions of people all at once? On TV, and online, and in front of an audience? Seriously?

      And of course, picking on Kristen Stewart. Obviously. Hope you’re proud of your mean, moronic, and frankly lazy “reporting” skills. Where did you get all this “information” on her? From other similar articles, or from actually watching and reading interviews that she’s made? This all sounds like the same old, tired arguments we’ve been forced to read for the past five years. It’s boring now, please, for the love of god, stop it.

      To make matters worse, you do realise that by criticising Kristen Stewart for being shy and uncomfortable with attention, you’re criticising EVERYONE who’s shy and uncomfortable with attention, right? This would mean that you’re insulting millions of people in one fell swoop. Yes, we should all be so graceful and amazing and not nervous when people are watching us and judging us for what we say and move and do. How HILARIOUS is it that an introverted girl gets nervous when having to stand on a stage? Oh my god, that’s just the funniest thing, she’s so stupid, let’s mock her for it, HAHAHA.

      Please. This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read in a while. Good job.

      I am not writing this in defence of Kristen Stewart – I’m writing this in defence of myself, and every other person who can’t stand on a stage and look amazing and brilliant. Maybe think about shit like that before you write shit like this. And maybe think about getting a job that doesn’t involve bullying people.

    • Anna

      You need to get a damn life and stop picking out other people’s weaknesses. For freaking sake, who f*cking cares if she is a bad public speaker, that don’t mean shit that you should just make fun of it. That’s so uncool and dumb as hell, everyone’s got their own flaws and this happens to be her flaws, so just pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee, leave it be.

      Plus, this makes you sound like you think you’re all that jazz and know so much things on people and then judge them, but seriously no, you’re not, you just sound like a lame person whose picking on someone else, a celebrity for goodness sake, because you’re either jealous or just plain stupid because you have no life!

      You seriously need to leave people’s flaws and weaknesses alone. You, make me sad and a bit disgusted.

      And here’s some applauds for @ae5bc59e28af968ad3e6fd78387ed565:disqus and @c28b756bb5eee61931fb45a5b44655b2:disqus

    • Anna

      You need to get a damn life and stop picking out other people’s weaknesses. For freaking sake, who f*cking cares if she is a bad public speaker, that don’t mean shit that you should just make fun of it. That’s so uncool and dumb as hell, everyone’s got their own flaws and this happens to be her flaws, so just pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee, leave it be.

      Plus, this makes you sound like you think you’re all that jazz and know so much things on people and then judge them, but seriously no, you’re not, you just sound like a lame person whose picking on someone else, a celebrity for goodness sake, because you’re either jealous or just plain stupid because you have no life!

      You seriously need to leave people’s flaws and weaknesses alone. You, make me sad and a bit disgusted.

      And here’s some applauds for @ae5bc59e28af968ad3e6fd78387ed565:disqus and @c28b756bb5eee61931fb45a5b44655b2:disqus

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1201676516 Dawn Sardes

      I’m not a fan of her acting either, but at least she doesn’t come off as all pretentious and she seems aware of her limitations in public speaking and keeps it short. Now if only she would become aware of what a terrible actress she is and either take lessons or go work at Walmart or something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1201676516 Dawn Sardes

      I’m not a fan of her acting either, but at least she doesn’t come off as all pretentious and she seems aware of her limitations in public speaking and keeps it short. Now if only she would become aware of what a terrible actress she is and either take lessons or go work at Walmart or something.

    • billy

      lets hope she doesn’t read this article which will make her lose even more confidence
      it’s a good idea to give advice that focuses on the positive
      i.e. give an example fo a good public speaker and say what you should do

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    • http://curefearofpublicspeaking.com/ Fear of Public Speaking

      Point 4. Avoid “like,” “uh,” “um,” or any other interjection that means nothing is very important. These are known as filler words and don;t add value to your presentation. I learnt lots of important public speaking skills from http://curefearofpublicspeaking.com/