Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.-John F Kennedy
Many-a-men have lost the battle of public speaking due to mere stage fright. Yes, it can be dreadful to stand up there on a stage with an entire audience waiting to hear what you have got to say. The adrenaline rush is real and can result in a fight or flight situation.
However, if you wish to stand up there and fight and win the battle of public speaking and you wish to make an impact by what you have to say, then, we strongly suggest you keep reading.
We bring to you the top 9 ways to improve your public speaking skills!
1. Know your audience
Knowing your audience is one of the primary criteria for delivering an effective speech. It helps you in figuring out the kind of content your audience cares about. Once you know what you have to say, you will also be able to establish the correct tone and voice of your speech. And in order to be able to deliver an effective speech, you should be able to connect with the audience. In order to connect with the audience, you will have to understand their beliefs, values, and attitudes. So, know your audience!
2. The first 30 seconds are critical
When presenting a public speech, you have to understand that the first 30 seconds of your speech are going to make or break the deal. Begin strong and make sure that you are able to speak exactly what the audience needs to hear in the very initial 30 seconds. The first 30 seconds of your speech are critical! Do not forget that!
3. Spend enough time with your speech
As cliched as it sounds, spending time with your speech will help you understand what you have written and are going to speak. It will help you increase your faith and understanding of the topic and once you have understood what you’re talking about, you will be able to deliver it in a much better fashion.
4. Consider ending with a question
Research has proven that speeches that end with a question or a query or a strong rhetoric leave the audience wondering and have a much more significant impact! This means that you have an impact on the audience even after you have finished your speech. Not all speeches have to end with questions but the ones that can, should!
5. Confidence is the key
Nothing attracts an audience like a confident public speaker. Confidence is the key to breaking the ice with your audience. A nervous and anxious speaker has already lost the audience’s engagement. The content of your speech, no matter how good, becomes redundant if you do not speak with confidence! So, do not hesitate and stay confident!
6. Practice in front of the mirror
Yes, we know that this is very basic but it is still extremely important because it has various proven benefits. Practicing in front of the mirror will help you observe your body language. Not only that, it will also help you get more comfortable with yourself which will remove the barriers of anxiety and fear at the time of delivering your speech.
7. Prepare for the worst circumstances
Your speech is going to be influential and magnetic but staying conservative will help you prepare better for the D-day! Keep backups! What if the microphone stops working? What if it starts pouring cats and dogs? What if your beginning hasn’t been able to grab the audience’s attention? Prepare for the worst! That way, you’re not left out to dry!
8. Body language is important!
Body language comprises gestures, stance, and facial expressions. To be able to come across as presentable, strong and positive it is important that you build the right body language. A good body language will also help you build credibility and express your emotions in a much better manner which will further result in connecting you with your listeners.
9. Learn your speech by heart!
Yes, we understand that it sounds negative to say that you need to learn your speech by heart but by that we do not mean that you need to rote learn it. By learning your speech by heart, we mean that you do not use any piece of paper or do not read from a document when presenting your speech in public. Learning your speech by heart will help you keep your hands free and will help you come across as more presentable and confident. Nothing is more off-putting than a public speaker with a huge document in the hand to read from.
So, where you have it the top 9 ways to nail your public speech!
Have faith! You’re going to nail it!