It is a skill to speak in front of the public and can be learned over time only if you are willing to invest your time to work at it. You can grow your skill and become a master of public speaking but first, you have to be very clear on why you want to master this skill and how to handle the fears.
We can bring a big impact through public and vice versa, this is the reason why most of the people have so much anxiety and concern. The good news is you can overcome your nervousness and perform extremely well just like Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar and the other great speakers in the world, everyone is not born to be a speaker and there must be a method on how to get to this level.
Why is it so Important?
There are many situations where good speaking skill can help you advance your career and create more opportunities. Example, you may require to deliver a speech on behalf of your company in a dinner, giving a speech at a wedding dinner, teaching a class or even online conference. Public speaking can enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence, boost your brand and create opportunities.
Want to know the secrets? Here are few public speaking tips that can lead you towards the path of mastering the art of public speaking and bring a huge impact and inspiring people.
How to Overcome the Fears?
Most of the people are afraid of public speaking even if they are professional speakers. I would say you have to master your breathing and standing position first before you start a word on stage. Becalmed, breath normally and stand confidently.
Think positively to make a huge impact on the success of your topic, that will help to build up your confidence. Most people self-sabotaging themselves before the speech with the thoughts of “I’m going to fail this time, I’m not to do well this time”. I would say it is always a choice to choose what to feed our mind before a speech. Use more affirmation words such as “I’m going to make a difference this time, I will better my best!”
Don’t be too worried about being nervous when you start a speech. Some would even imagine forgetting every point they want to deliver. It’s all about your focus. Focus on how to deliver a better speech or how to bring a good impact and you will slowly forget about how nervous it is. According to a study, out of all the phobias in the world, public speaking would be considered the top rank. Almost 75% people fear of public speaking more than horror movies or even death.
Create your speech as early as possible and you will have more time to practice. Practice plenty of time alone, make sure the tone and flow are smooth. Then do a dummy run with a small group of people, they will give you useful inputs and practice again. Work out on your voice, speak with a loud and clear voice but not shouting and annoying.
1. Plan Your Topic Appropriately
You will need to draft out the structure of your topic. Just imagine how the first paragraph of the book grabs your attention at first sight. I’m sure you will continue to read the book if the contents attract you. The same principles go to your topics as well, you need to impress your audience and keep the momentum.
For instance, you could start with a recent hot topic that everyone knows, the attention will be definitely on you and they want to follow even more. You may start with storytelling as a strong opening, make sure to do your best with the first 60 seconds.
Make sure you do the checklist as follows;
- Define your purpose
- Analyze your audience
- Determine audience composition
- Know why they are here
- Establish your support materials
- Assemble your evidence
Do remember to reserve time for practice, It could reduce the number of you utter words like “um”, “well”, “you know” and “uh”. Besides, you need to give advanced thought on how to deliver the speech and how to handle the uncertainties.
2. Read Your Audience and Get on Your Audience’s Side
Remember that we are telling the audience what they want to learn or know more. If you can get on your audience’s side and connected with them all the time, you will feel more comfortable and everything could be easy to deal.
The best part is when you are standing in front of people and see more than half of your audience nodding, laughing and connecting with you, you are doing the right thing and hitting the right spot. Keep in mind that not everyone in the crowd is having the same thought, feel and the same goal as you. Don’t risk yourself in the sensitive
A great speaker will always engage with the audience during the speech. It can keep everyone involved with your message. Ask quality question to lead the audience to your topic and encourage them to participate.
Keep in mind that some words can weaken your power during speech such as “I think it could be done”, “I just want to…”, “actually…” and “well alright and aright”. These words will limit your authority.
Pay more attention to yourself during the speech. Monitor your tone, speaking speed, pronunciation. If you are nervous, usually you will talk quickly and hope to end your speech fast. The chances of tripping your words would be high. If you notice you are nervous, force yourself to slow down and do appropriate pauses as they are an important part of a conversation. These will make your speech sounds confident, clear and natural.
4. Body Language
It is part of non-verbal communication that combines movements, gestures, postures, and facial expression. It includes the way how a speaker talks, moves, and eye contact. Body language shows your confidence and it gives you an air of authority, which support your speech and points.
Your body language will directly tell the audience your inner state whether it is good or bad. If you are not confident in what you are telling, the audience can easily know.
Go up to the stage and be dare stand straight in the middle, take a deep breath, look at the audience and the most important is the smiling face. Do not lean on any wall or table during your speech, it looks unnatural and annoying.
The elements of a good body language during speech;
- It is important to look at the audience when you are giving a speech instead of looking at the ceiling, speakers, screen, and walls.
Where to stand on stage?
- Stage in the middle of the crowds but not to hide in the corner.
Happy vs sad
- Your emotion during speech will affect the audience.
- Smiling makes people feel comfortable and this is extremely important in public speaking.
- Right smiling at the right timing, you don’t want to be smiling all the time even it is a serious topic.
- It should be in line with the story.
- Energy level should be just nice.
- Too low will make audience sleepy, too high will make them pay less attention to your message.
- Audience love speaker with authority and they will believe their words even faster.
- No hand hiding in pockets.
- Don’t cross your arms during the speech, it shows you are defensive
5. Don’t Tell Everything
Some public speakers will get up in front of a group of people and try to prove they know everything. Some of the speakers are extremely excited to share how they get wealth and tell every single detail. The great public speakers aren’t going to tell you everything they know. Tell only what the audience needs to know, if you overloaded them with full knowledge, they will not remember everything especially the highlights.
Audiences need enough time to digest the knowledge without confusing their mind.
Speakers have to make sure all the information and examples are relevant to the topic. If you are a preview speaker, be sure to give concrete proves or testimonial on the products and not to confuse the audience. This is because confusing mind never buys.
6. Don’t Be Too Aggressive
Try to think of the great public speakers you know in the world, they usually deliver a speech with the passion to give us inspiring and quotable talks to their audiences.
Passion and energy are equally important, but they are not everything. You need to use the energy wisely to make sure the audience are connected with your message. Thus, you have to plan well for your speech to make sure the passion and calm are balanced.
If you can master this, your message would be very impactful to the audiences and they will always remember your speech. Just imagine if you at the 100% high energy all the time, the tone will be flat at high pinch and audience definitely will get tired. Your speech should have the up moments and down moments to make a huge impact.
Conclusion, there is nothing better than practice after all. You will not improve unless you take massive actions towards your goals and dreams. Putting more time in your preparation and practice, you will see the result if you really work hard. You may not be able to overcome your stage fright entirely, but at least you can minimize them every time.