Public speaking tips
At some point in time in your life, whether in school or at work, you will find yourself in an environment where you have to do some public speaking. It can be a nerve-wracking ordeal, and it’s okay to be nervous. Below are some tips that will help you to deliver the best speeches in whatever platform you are given to speak.
Ignore the fear and prepare enough
It is normal to be anxious when you are about to talk in front of a group of people. Your stomach sinks, your hands start to sweat, your heart is pounding heavily, and suddenly your knees are weak. It’s normal. Do not in any way feel that you will not deliver just because of how nervous you are. It is good that you are nervous because then you will be alert. What is encouraged of individuals to do is to prepare enough. Ensure you’ve gone through your material enough times. Be comfortable with the material, and you will be alright.
Consider the audience
Even before you start preparing any material, ensure that you have understood your audience. Find out who your listeners will be so that you can tailor your material to suit them. The words that you use and the information that you have will largely depend on the kind of audience that you will have. Take your time before the speech to find out more about your listeners.
Bring out personality
Do not become a robot when you are doing public speaking. Personality goes a long way to ensure your speech is a success so bring that out. Your listeners are supposed to identify with you as a real person, not just a talking head. If you do this, then your audience will have more trust in what you are saying and in you as well.
Use of humor
If you planned to walk on stage and focus only on your speech without injecting any funny stories into it then you need to change it up. Don’t be boring. Find some funny stories that are related to what you are talking about. It will capture the audience, and it will help them understand you better. Everyone loves a good laugh.
Unless necessary, do not read
Maintaining a connection with the audience that is interpersonal means you should be able to maintain eye contact with them as well. Don’t just stand there and read from the script. Know your material and maintain eye contact.