Are you fearful of public speaking? Most people would like to be able to deliver a speech confidently. Here are some ideas to help you become a better public speaker.
While speaking in public, you cannot assume that people are going to understand what you are talking about. It is up to you to grab their attention and hold on to it. This will help you to engage your audience at all costs.
Practice your speech and time how long it takes. This allows you to edit the speech if necessary to keep it at the right length. If your speech needs to be longer, research the subject for more information to add. Just don’t rush through the speech.
If you want to give a good public speech it is very important that you adequately prepare in advance. Have an idea of the message you are trying to get across. Perform research for supporting your statements, if you can. Put your thoughts down on paper. Repeat your words so that you know what you need to say. Sound preparation lets you feel comfortable when the time happens that you must speak.
Learn as much as you can about the subject you are presenting. Think about the material that you are trying to get across. Work them in where you think they fit and will engage your current audience. It’s also good to use them to help reinforce your points in your speech by offering a question and answer session as a follow up.
Always face your audience. Do not permit other things that may be occurring in the room to distract you. Since you want the audience to engage in what you are saying, you need to get their attention.
When making a speech, know the concepts of your topics to start with. Have a broad understanding of the topic, so you can cover it from every angle. Write down bullet points of everything you want to cover, and be clear and concise so that you can refer to it as needed during your speech. Doing so will help you when it comes time to answer questions.
Gain an understanding of the audience. If it’s possible to know, learn about some of the specific people that will be there. If it’s possible, try greeting them as they arrive and take the time to learn their names. When you do these things, you’ll feel a lot more familiar with the people and the room.
If possible, go into the speech room before the event. If a microphone is not available, discover how well your voice carries. Get a good feel for the room’s acoustics however you can. If there are visual aids, learn to use them. Also, figure out how much eye contact you should make.
Understanding the material in your speech inside and out will help you deliver your message confidently. Pick an interesting subject that you have experience in. Remain conversational the entire time, and you will dazzle with knowledge, not flash.
Make sure to focus on getting your audience’s attention early on. Smile while they’re walking into the room, and give a friendly handshake or two. Presenting yourself in a positive light before your speech prepares the audience to listen to you with interest.
Public speakers can change lives. You can start today improving your skills so you, too, can be a skillful public speaker. Take charge today, and get in control of 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.