Public speaking seems complicated and scary to many people. However, this skill is very important to master as it can greatly improve your education and future career.
Fortunately, this skill can be mastered and developed. Here are some useful tips that will help you to do so.
- Practice your speech.
A great public speaker speaks with confidence, passion, and ease. To do so, you have to practice your speech. Do it in front of a mirror or in front of your friends and repeat as many times as you need to feel confident.
- Don’t ignore the audience.
Ignoring the audience is one of the most obvious signs that a person is afraid to speak in public. People that avoid eye contact with the audience and don’t try to establish some kind of dialogue aren’t usually taken well by the public.
Don’t be afraid to interact. Look at people, ask them questions, make jokes if this is appropriate, and they’ll like you.
- Deliver the message.
Some public speakers are often too focused on memorizing the speech in details, while it’s much more important to deliver its main message rather than all nuances. To do so, try to memorize the main concepts and deliver them: this way you won’t sound over-rehearsed.
Moreover, make your messages as simple as possible: this way the audience will remember and understand them with ease.
- Pay attention to your body language.
Sometimes a person sounds like the one speaking with confidence but actually doesn’t look like the one at all. Stiff pose, lack of a smile, crossed hands and many other things make you look distant and insecure. Try to accompany your speech with the moves of your body: smile, make gestures (just don’t overdo them), pay attention to your voice (it has to be warm and calm).
- Share your experience.
People like personal experience and interesting stories. Sharing them makes you look less distant and more human, brightens the mood of an audience and adds a positive personal touch to your speech. So if there’s a possibility to add a story or some personal example to your speech without making it look inappropriate, do it without any doubt. Moreover, speech that has personal information in it will be easier to remember.
- Avoid repeats.
This means all repeats. When you repeat words, do the same gestures all the time and speak monotonously, this sounds bad. When you repeat the same sentences in different parts of your speech, that doesn’t sound good too. Try to make your speech sound different, otherwise, your audience will get boring (or will fall asleep right in the middle of your speech).
- Don’t rush.
Slow speech and monotone tone are bad for public speakers, but hurrying is just as bad. The audience has to pay attention to what you’re saying and this is impossible if you’re swallowing words and talking too fast. Moreover, this way you’ll sound scared and will run out of air pretty quickly. Try to stick to a golden mean: talk not too fast and not to slow.
Christine Allen is young writer and blogger at essaystorm.com. She believes that you can get everything that you want. You just need to be sure in what you really want and be patient. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter