Public speaking is a form of art.
Thus, it’s only natural that some of us don’t have the aptitude for it. However, like every other skill, it can be mastered and needless to say, it might eventually help you get ahead in your career. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to give a great speech and hook your audience.
Public speaking 101: become a better public speaker
While writing your speech, you need to remember to whom you will be talking to. Is it a group of children? Group of business professionals?
Normally, the more diverse the group is, the harder the writing becomes. You need to take into account such traits as educational background, culture, politics, etc. Write about something that is close to you. That won’t only eliminate some weight off your shoulders, but also it’s proven that stories that revolve around experiences make the audience feel related to you and it’s easier to maintain the interest.
Furthermore, theme and message are two separate factors to be considered. For example, as you’re going to notice, the theme of this article revolves around public speaking, but its underlying message is “Be yourself”.
Last but not least, make a conclusion that’s memorable, convincing and sums up your message.
A speech is nothing less than a performance.
You are required to use means and tools to create an impact that will last. But I’m not referring to simply props and technology accompaniments, such as a slide show. Just by the way your voice’s volume fluctuates, you can change the emotions of the listeners.
After all, the point isn’t to just inform them.
Some of the methods being used by professionals to develop a relationship with the audience are the use of gestures, control of the voice, vocabulary, register, word choice, speaking notes, pitches, using humor, body language and face expressions.
Remember!: Not everything suits everyone. It’s vital for you to record yourself and practice your speech over and over again in advance by adding or removing components that look and feel fake. For example, if you don’t have a sense of humor or if the situation doesn’t call for it, there’s no obligation to endanger the established relationship with the audience.
Practice, practice, PRACTICE
Stress will never go away completely, no matter how much of an experienced speaker you are.
To decrease the levels, nevertheless, is another story. It can happen through tons of practice in front of a camera and a mirror, until you have your oratory down and afterwards, in front of the people close to you.
If possible, check out the area you’ll be giving your speech, test whether everything works beforehand and think positively.
Preparations before the speech
Yes, now, it’s your chance for all the hard work to pay off!
Make sure you look professional, but you also feel comfortable. If you can carry some water with you and take a few sips, don’t hesitate, as it will keep your voice clear.
If you have notes with you, please, don’t read from them, try your best to have your speech memorized.
Take a few deep breaths and warm up your vocal cords before entering.
As soon as you’re on stage, take your time. Breathe and examine. Soak up what is happening, because believe me, it’s magical to know that people are actually there to listen to you. They’re rooting FOR YOU. Look at them in their eyes, as you’re talking.
Be sincere and passionate. And once you’re done, be grateful for the time they paid their attention to you.