Public Speaking Expert
Some people are just born naturals at certain things. Have you ever seen someone who picks up a ball and throws it like a pro without any practice? Have you ever witnessed someone calm down a screaming child with very little effort? Have you ever seen someone pick up a paintbrush and create a beautiful work of art without having any proper training? These people are what we call “born naturals”. They are born with the ability to do something really well without putting any effort in. Some people are born naturals when it comes to speaking in public. However, for the majority of people, speaking in public is something that has to be learned. It is a skilled that is acquired with extensive practice.
That being said, if you don’t have a lot of experience with public speaking, you are likely the victim of some very common public speaking mistakes. Don’t be ashamed; like I sad, they are common.
Here is a a look at some of the most common mistakes that people make when they make a public presentation:
Use “err” and “umm” too much. A lot of people get up in front of an audience and trip over their words, adding ‘errs’ and ‘umms’ all over the place. This a natural reaction. It’s a time-filler tactic. It is what people say when they are trying to collect their thoughts.
Excessive hand gestures. A lot of people also fall victim to the non-stop hand gestures mistake. They move their hands about because they are nervous, or they simply don’t know what to do with their hands.
Reading. Another one of the common public speaking mistakes is when people read directly from their note cards. This automatically makes a speech boring, non-engaging and will cause an audience to lose interest almost immediately.
Too many words. So many people think that public speaking relies only on, well, speaking. That is simply not the case. People are far more likely to remember what they see than what they hear, so the use of props can greatly add to the effect of a speech.
No clear path. A lot of people seem to be missing a clear path when they speak. In other words, they don’t know where they are going next in their presentation. They just kind of get up there and wing it. This is another certain public speaking mistake.
Avoiding these mistakes can help to make your public speaking engagements more successful – and a public speaking course can show you how to successfully avoid these mistakes.