When I ask my audiences their number one challenge with public speaking, they overwhelmingly say, “to overcome the fear of public speaking.” It’s okay to have “butterflies.” The key is how to get them organized, focused and flying in formation. Here are 10 tips for delivering a more powerful, persuasive presentation, and to improve public speaking skills.
You don’t have to necessarily memorize your speech word for word, but it does help if you have outlined your speech and remember the main points. It is SO BORING to watch someone read off of a sheet of paper or even note cards. Not only is it distracting, but it is also difficult for the speaker to, as actors say, “get off the page”. This means that they have a mechanical sound, as if they are reading, instead of a natural flow of words. Know your topic inside and out so that you can speak on it easily and with confidence, but just commit the main points to memory and fill in the rest on your own.
If you simply resolve to make changes or achieve things but don’t have any timeline set to your goals, you run the risk of getting lazy and procrastinating. Set up a plan with deadlines to reach on a regular, perhaps monthly, basis. Then make sure to update your plan if a deadline is missed so that the subsequent deadline doesn’t become impossible to meet.
Check the sound system and the availability of audio-visual aids if you need to use some. Being at the venue early will give you some time to prepare and compose yourself. You can also afford time for a last minute tweaking of your speech.
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Write notes to yourself, in pencil on the flip chart to help remind yourself of all the important points to be included. I promise your audience won’t see the penciled notes.
Most public speaking is in the form of some sort of presentation that needs to be related to an audience of people. It starts with an introduction, the discussion, and then a conclusion. It can even be timed.
Good delivery of your speech is just as important as the speech itself. In your delivery, you want to engage your audience, get them excited and interested. Eye contact is one way to draw them in. Look around at your audience, and get eye contact with people while you speak. Gestures will help to enliven your delivery. Use big gestures sparingly, but moving your arms, hands and head will stop you looking too rigid. Don’t be afraid to move around during your delivery. Avoid moving too much, as this can be a distraction, but you can use a change in position, such as stepping into another area, as a way to signify a transition to another point in your speech.