If public speaking is something you have always avoided at all costs, you are not alone. In fact, speaking in front of others is a fear that a surprising number of people actually share. These suggestions will assist you in working through your fears and help you to become a great public speaker.
It is not a safe assumption that your audience will instantly relate to you. You have to put in your best effort if you want people to connect with you and stay with you throughout your speech. Since this is technically a performance, you have to work to get the desired results.
Prepare in advance the best that you can before a speech. Know what you want to say. You may want to research to make sure your statement are factual. Put down on paper what you hope to speak. Practice your remarks over and over until you know them by heart. The better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be when delivering the speech.
Make sure that the beginning of your speech is a moment to relax. Greet and address your audience. Then pause for three seconds. This gives them a chance to focus on you, while you get a moment to transform your nervous energy into enthusiasm for the material you are about to deliver.
It is normal to feel nervous when giving a public speech. However, no matter how nervous you feel, you cannot let others notice. If you find yourself nervous, try to imagine yourself giving the speech to someone you know. It will calm you down and allow you to successfully give your speech.
If you are asked to speak about an unfamiliar subject, be sure to make the most of your research time. Study a wide variety of texts, videos and actual examples of your topic. Talk with people who know about it. When you speak, you can choose to talk about your research and share what you have learned rather than attempting to present yourself as an actual expert.
Prior to giving your actual speech, practice it in front of a loved one. When you are done, ask them which parts of the speech are fine and which parts need some improvement. You may even want to read it to a few people. This feedback can help improve your speech.
Many people start a speech with a joke in order to grab the audience’s attention, so keep this in mind as you are figuring out what to say. If you are going to tell a joke, make sure that it is tasteful and on topic. Otherwise, you risk alienated some of them.
Before you get ready for your speech, make sure you know the material. This is easy when you are actually interested in the topic you have chosen. Try learning more about the topic than what you actually say in your speech. This will help you add some useful additional information. it can also help you better answer questions.
Was speaking in class something that you never did, just because of fear? Do you rarely contribute because speaking up makes you nervous? Your new knowledge of the above material should give you the confidence to start public speaking today.