Tips for Effective Public Speaking
Public speaking is an art and not many really master it. What many really don’t know is that, unlike other talents related to art, public speaking can be mastered by anyone with effort and practice. Here are a few tips for effective public speaking.
Don’t aim for perfection: Did you know mistakes are possible, even for renowned and experienced speakers? Everyone might make a mistake or two at some point during their speeches. It’s not about making mistakes; it’s about how well you handle them! By aiming for perfection and waiting for it, you might be setting yourself up for doom.
Be Yourself: Of course, there are many great speakers and you might have one of them as your role models. Nothing wrong about that, but problem starts when you want to mimic them, their style, or their achievement. Instead, follow your own style. Public speaking is not you mimicking someone else, but you establishing a connection with you audience. Focus on how you speak or what you covey. Just adopt a friendly style and people will start liking you!
Practice: Practice is very important. Even renowned athletes practice their sport and their practice is more rigorous before any major event. Public speaking is no different. You need to practice your speaking skills in-depth, infinite times. There’s nothing called perfection and you might just something new every other time you practice. Leading speakers have said they practiced when they started out with their public speaking career and still practice their speeches intensively before delivery.
Prepare: Preparation is very important as well. When you know you are going to address audience, prepare your speech well ahead of time. Draft your speech and revise it until you feel confident. When you know what you have to do, it boosts your confidence levels.
Get Comfortable: Leading speakers have one thing in common – before every keynote speech, they head to the venue earlier to get comfortable with the venue and practice their speech at least a couple of times before the big day. This is very important since it makes you feel comfortable and reduces nervousness during the speech.
Relax: Of course, anyone will have anxiety before speaking. When you are confident and well prepared, you can convert this adrenaline rush into energy, which can in turn help you to perform your best during the speech.
Visualize: Visualization is a very powerful tool and one of the most underestimated techniques! Visualization is where you imagine yourself doing something, or achieving something visually. This is along the lines of meditation and has a profound effect on the outcome. It could be attributed to one’s confidence and positive thinking. So, visualize yourself addressing the crowd, engaging them and appreciating you with applause. This way you will be well prepared, confident and less nervous.
Approach & Style: Start with your grooming, since your attire has a profound impact on your confidence levels and personality. So when choosing your attire for the big day, choose it with care. Next is about the speaking style. Remember, it’s easier to talk to friends than strangers. Head to the venue early, if you are just starting off with public speaking and get friendly with the crowd. It might make things easier when you take over the stage.
Finally use Plain English. That is, use clear and concise English; Use short sentences rather than long ones and simple words rather than complicated ones. Remember that you are aiming to deliver a clearly understandable message so avoid clichés and jargon at all costs. Keep it short and simple. As for public speaking, it’s not about how long you speak, but how well you speak and how much you leave them wanting for more! With concise and clear speeches or presentations, they might just love you!