Public Speaking Expert
Speaking in public is easier for some people than others. If you have spoken in front of an audience before, you know how difficult it can be. You may be wondering why some people captivate all the attention when making a speech. Whether you’re presenting a school project, updating your colleagues on work progress, or launching a new product, there are a few things you can do to improve your public speaking skills.
Good communication and body language help a lot in effectively delivering your message. When you’re speaking in public, show your enthusiasm and energy. Prepare a speech that will fit within the time limit you’re given. Make sure you know exactly what the purpose of your presentation is. Try to find out whether you’ll be speaking alone or you’ll be part of a panel. It’s important to know what is expected of you.
Start with a strong opening. Let your personality come through. Don’t forget that any speech is a performance. Explain things clearly and make a point. If you’re presenting a new product, focus on its unique features. Only giving information about the product will not be of great interest. What is different or exciting about it? What makes it unique?
When making a speech, do not draw attention to yourself. Don’t talk about how important you are and how many qualifications you have. Remember it’s about the audience, not you. Be conversational and relaxed, avoid vocalized pauses, and use body language. Don’t apologize for being nervous. Deliver your speech with confidence try to look comfortable. Use pauses effectively. Make only purposeful gestures.
Cite case studies and give examples to support your arguments. Don’t use complex slides with small graphics and technical words. Talk to the people, not the slides. Make your speech as interesting as possible. Try to provide unique information about the topic. Use personal stories to evoke emotions such as happiness, fear, sadness, surprise, or enthusiasm. Let people soak in what you are saying.
Don’t learn your speech by heart because you might forget what you want to say. Write down the main points on note cards and look over them from time to time. Use common, spoken language. Prepare your speech in advance and know it well enough so you can skip certain parts or focus more on others depending on the circumstances. Dramatize your ideas to make them more appealing to the audience.
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