"speaking"Do you simply dread the idea of getting up in front of an audience and making a presentation? Take comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone – in fact, most people are more afraid of speaking in front of a crowd than they are of death or spiders! So, most people would rather be in a room filled with spiders and be knocking on death’s door than standing up in front of an audience and making a presentation.

If you are one of the many people who feel this way about speaking in public, don’t fret. Today, I want to offer you some tips that will not only help you get over your fear of speaking in front of an audience, but that will also help you stop saying all of those ‘errs’ and ‘umms’ so you won’t hear crickets chirping and so that you will actually be able to engage your audience.

So, without further ado, here are some tips that will help you become a better public speaker so that you can knock that next presentation out of the park:

Dumb it down. I don’t actually mean to make yourself sound dumb, but I do mean that you should dumb down what you are talking about. In other words, you should try to make your message as simple as possible. It’s easy to get in-depth about a lot of topics; I mean, let’s face it, there are a lot of things to talk about on a lot of topics. However, instead of trying to get so in-depth on the topic that you are presenting about, try to talk about only the basics. Of course, you want to impart lots of knowledge onto your audience, but doing so may actually make your speech less effective. Instead, focus on the basics.

Start with the end in mind. A great way to make a powerful speech is to start with the end in mind. By that I mean that you should think about what you are trying to accomplish with your speech. What are you trying to impart onto your audience? With that in mind, you will be able to deliver a speech that actually meets your goals.

Add personal points. You are going to want to connect with your audience in order to make an impact. One way to do this is to add personal points to your speech. Share anecdotes and trials and tribulations that you have experienced. The more personal your speech, the more people will connect and the more impact you will have.

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