Public speaking is part of life. It may be that one of your high school or college teachers requires it for an assignment. Many positions or professions have speaking engagements here and there. Putting the following tips to use can make anyone become a public speaking pro.
Use a timer when you practice so you can verify the length of your speech. This will help you make any edits and time your speech appropriately. If it’s too short, try finding more information to add to it. Just don’t rush through the speech.
Practice your speech frequently once you have it memorized. You’ll get smoother at your speech by practicing it often. Be sure to practice your pace and breathing. Prepare your speech to include pauses in case of interruptions, which hopefully are filled with applause. When you can, practice using your speech equipment.
Any time that you need to make a public speech, you must make sure that you thoroughly understand what you will be talking about before giving the speech. Have a broad understanding of the topic, so you can cover it from every angle. Then pare this down to a few carefully crafted main points that are easy to follow. When the time comes for the audience to ask questions, you will be glad that you prepared so thoroughly.
If you talk about something that really happened in your speech, it will make it more meaningful. Before speaking to the audience it is important that your speech is outlined. It is important that you lead into the story with an introduction and that you end with a conclusion. Be sure the story is true so your words appear natural and authentic.
If you accidentally skipped over a sentence, forget it and keep going. If you stop in the middle, your mind will become confused. Most likely people won’t even realize you made a mistake, so there is no reason to go back and correct it.
Try not to drink booze before speaking. You may be tempted to consume a little liquid courage, but it is not a good idea. Nothing is more awful than reaching the podium and drawing a blank on what to say, simply because you are drunk.
If you wish to give a confident presentation, you must be thoroughly familiar with your material. Pick an interesting topic that you’re experienced with. Use a conversational tone, and you will convey your knowledge to the audience without confusing them with technical jargon.
Work on your remarks every day. It can seriously improve your confidence since you’ll begin to really own the material. Although you may have your speech memorized, you should always take your notes to the podium with you. This will prevent any fumbling for words, if you happen to forget a few lines.
Do not discuss your fears with your audience. You may think you are making a fool of yourself, and your audience may not even be able to see it. If you happen to commit an error, just make a quick correction and keep moving without saying you’re sorry.
When speaking to a large audience, you need to project confidence with a voice that is strong and easily understood. It is also recommended that you have water available to drink if you need it. On speech day, don’t drink any dairy or soda. These beverages will make your saliva thicker. Drinking hot tea before a speech will help to relax the vocal cords.
Don’t over do the visual aids. You only want them to help enhance your speech. They shouldn’t overwhelm your message. Use quality aids to help you make key points. Color is great, as are graphics and creative fonts. Just don’t go overboard.
Public speaking is an unavoidable part of life for most people. It is a class requirement and occasionally a job requirement too. Even some social and recreational activities include public speaking. Now that you’re done with this article, you’re much better prepared to hone your public speaking skills.
Onaolapo Adeyemi is a travel and technology writer. If he’s not on tour, you’ll find him in New York with his wife, and pet parrot hanging out at Starbucks.