Do you get nervous about the thought of making speeches? You can enjoy the benefits of public speaking by applying a few useful tips. Here is a great place to get some ideas.
Never drink before you have to speak in public. People under the influence tend to slur their words or forget them altogether. You may go up to podium and think you have everything under control only to realize you were incorrect. That is why you should skip drinking any type of alcohol.
Make eye contact with your audience members. Doing so makes them feel as if you are speaking directly to them and helps keep them engaged. It also makes you appear confident and poised. Look at various members of the audience as you speak to help engage as many of them as possible.
If you inadvertently skipped a sentence, keep going. Stopping and returning to the sentence may ruin the entire speech. In addition, others are unlikely to recognize the omission if you don’t draw attention to the issue.
Never tell the audience that you’re sorry for being nervous or any other issue that comes up. Chances are they didn’t even notice in the first place. Even if they do, coming across as lacking in confidence detracts from your position of authority on your speech that you are making.
Do not be afraid to let your audience know that you have no idea of the answer to some of their questions. People will respect your honesty and understand that you are human. This is much better than rambling on trying to convince them you know what is going on when you don’t.
When asked to speak at a wedding, you may be tempted to try some sort of funny patter or to poke fun at the participants. Even when your intentions are good, this can be hurtful. It is better to speak in a friendly, caring and supportive way at this important event.
After your speech is written, do many practice runs so that you nearly memorize it. It’s best to practice while looking in the mirror. This way, you can figure out which facial expressions and gestures work best. Practice in front of your family and ask for feedback. You can tweak your delivery and content after they give you their critiques.
Tell a joke to break the ice. A joke can help calm your jittery nerves. Additionally, a well timed joke will allow your audience to relax and see you for who your really are. However, be aware that telling too many jokes can make your audience not believe anything you say.
Try to find humor in the situation if things do not go as planned. There are many variables when you speak in public, which means that there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. The microphone or projector may not work, there may be an interruption in power or someone may enter the room in the midst of your speech. Try to take things in stride. Taking things too seriously can result in you having a meltdown, so try to laugh off any issues that may arise.
Many people would rather be someplace else than speaking at the front of a roomful of people. But there’s no need to fear it, as there are so many techniques that will help make public speaking easier. Keep the advice in mind, and you could just find that it’s easier than you thought.