There comes a time in every person’s life that public speaking is necessary. Whether you need to make a speech at school, make a sales pitch at work or need to speak to your colleagues at a meeting, public speaking is a part of life. Make the most of the situation with these tips and tricks.
Use a timer to know how long your written speech is. This allows you to edit the speech if necessary to keep it at the right length. If it is not long enough, add a bit of meat to it. It is important not to rush through your speech.
Make sure you understand your topic before preparing your speech. Research it from various angles so you have a good understanding of the topic. Then develop your specific perspective and craft your remarks in a concise, easily followed manner. You will sound more professional if you know how to answer their questions.
Keep going if you accidentally omit a certain sentence from your speech. If you stop while speaking to correct the part you missed, it might throw off the rest of the speech. Many people won’t realize that you skipped it if you don’t bring attention to it.
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.
Use YouTube to watch and view the masters of public speaking. Watch not only for their content, but also for their styles and habits. Pay close attention to famous moments and replicate such mannerisms sparingly for specific effect. Watch speeches of your favorite presidents or other national leaders, as you can find videos going back decades.
Take a look at the venue before you make your speech. See how big the room is, how many seats there are, and what the lighting is like. You will feel less nervous when you know what environment you will be dealing with. Also, try standing at the podium to get a feel of the stage.
Bring the audience to your side, and then begin speaking. Greet the audience members as they enter. You will be more effective if you have already made a positive impact on them.
Practice your speech as much as you possibly can. Watch yourself in a mirror during practice sessions to feel confident about hand gestures, facial expressions or other body language. Also consider asking a close friend or family member for a little feedback. They could offer suggestions for content improvement, or for how it is delivered.
As stated in the introduction, there will come a time when you need to speak to a crowd of people. No matter the reason is or the size of the crowd, it is important that you do well. Follow the simple tips listed above to increase your public speaking skills.