10 Public Speaking Techniques
Public Speaking Skills Are Valuable Skills
Even if you aren’t able to give regular presentations to a group, public speaking can be a valuable skill. You could make a speech at your friend’s wedding or inspire volunteers at a charity event. Your confidence will increase and you can overcome any speech-related anxiety.
Professional speaking has three goals: to inform, entertain, inspire and get the audience to act. You can either do it well or poorly, and how people perceive you will impact your perception of yourself. Public speaking is a source of anxiety and concern.
Even if you aren’t required to give presentations to a group of people, you can still use your public speaking skills to help you get ahead in your career and open doors for you.
You can also use your public speaking skills in other areas of life. It is possible to be asked to give a speech at your friend’s wedding, give an eulogy for someone you love, or motivate volunteers at a charity event. You can overcome your nerves with practice and thorough preparation.
1. Know your audience.
There is always a reason why you are speaking to an audience. Be aware of who you’re speaking to and what they need. If they are family and friends, entertain them. For corporate events, inspire and teach them. It is important to know the demographics of the audience.
2. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
If you don’t practice enough, nothing becomes muscle memory. Make sure you practice every day if you have a major speech. You should prepare your content and goals well in advance. You can do this while driving, exercising, or on a plane.
3. Distractions are a good distraction.
Once I have a good idea of the content, I like to throw in some distractions to see how prepared I am. You can turn on the TV, or practice while your child is playing. Anything that makes it more challenging.
4. Choose a style that suits you.
Different events may require a different style or approach. Reading a prepared speech can be fine. It’s okay to know the speech backward and forward, so that you don’t stare at the pages all the time. Some people take notes. Some prefer to be 100% scripted and recited. If this is your preferred style, you should memorise the content well enough that you can refer to it if necessary. The right approach is required for the event.
5. Learn about the environment.
Be familiar with the location where you will be speaking. You should be there at least one hour before your scheduled time. Take a walk around the room. You will feel more at ease when it is “go time.”
6. Test all equipment.
Last-minute technical problems are the worst. You can avoid adding stress by testing all audiovisual functions and equipment ahead of time. Always have backups.
7. Practice in front a mirror.
It is a great way to practice your facial expressions, hand use, and body movements in front of the mirror.
8. Use Stories, Not Stats
You must learn to tell stories and not just share facts with your audience if you want to be remembered beyond a day. If you keep repeating stats to your audience, they may become bored.
You should instead try to be a master storyteller. This will help you keep on the topic and it will flow naturally, rather than repeating numbers from a study or survey. Sharing messages with others is an ancient way to share stories. Your audience will remember you, and you’ll also have more fun.
9. Keep Your Message Simple
Public speaking is no different from any other subject. The old saying “Keep it simple stupid” applies equally well to public speaking. It will confuse both you and your audience if you present a complicated topic or have 12 steps for them to follow.
A multi-speaker event is limited in the amount of information that can be consumed and processed in one day. Remember the main message you want people remember before you take to the stage.
Remember how your knowledge can help them make better decisions and take action. Slides should be simple if you use them.
10. Public speaking that engages is the key to effective public speaking
Public communication is, in essence, a speech. This must be a two-way conversation, as the name implies. Public speaking is not just about droning out a prepared speech. It’s a conversation that is successful between two people. This conversation can be achieved in many different ways, or “engagement”, as experts call it. This is why eye contact is so important.
It is also important to use appropriate pauses. Your audience should have time to process your message. You should not show insensitivity to their reactions. You can also use spontaneity or scrutiny to deliver your message. You should also be constantly checking your audience. Communication is the core of it all. Your audience should feel that you aren’t talking down to them. Instead, you’re creating a mental connection.
The list can be used as a guideline for public speaking or to help you improve your speaking skills. With a little effort, you can become a better speaker. To learn more skills or to engage us for a tailored program contact our team for further assistance.