10 Tips for Public Speaking
Raise your Voice – Public Speaking Tips
Speaking is one that we always need to represent, to comment or to share our intent or to put forth an opinion. Lack of vocabulary, insufficient clarity in our thought, getting scared of crowd and fear of making mistakes are of primary concern. It takes years of rigorous practice to captivate audience like a spell. If you want to do a speech it is better to plan, prepare and equip with necessary information. Here are some tips how to improve your public speaking ability.
Fundamentals for public speaking
- Always be impersonal, people love to hear about them
- Speak naturally, the way you speak to your friend
- No need to use heavy confounded words, be simple and understandable
- Speak from your heart. It is important that you need to speak the one which you believe
- Try to be narrative similar to story telling
- You can tell little stories to prove your point
- Add your opinion, explain your stand
- Convey the message clearly, what you intend to say
- Finish the speech with a conclusion
Top 10 tips for Public Speaking
Gratitude is always the best place to begin
Primarily thank the host and then thank the audience for rendering you this opportunity, and to show up and listen to you
Being prepared is the foremost
Even if you have gone through the preparation several times, do a complete run through in advance and a written key points list of your talk.
Know who you are talking to
You talk in a meeting arranged for underprivileged people, don’t draw examples of extravagance life styles.
Never, ever admit to fatigue
I heard a very popular author open his talk, to a packed theatre, with “I’m quite tired, I’ve been on the road for a few days. An Instant downer, it made us feel guilty for keeping him up past his bedtime.
Body language is important. Standing, walking or moving about with appropriate hand gesture or facial expression is preferred to sitting down or standing still with head down and reading from a prepared speech.
Don’t read prepared notes
Do not read from notes for any extended length of time although it is quite acceptable to glance at your notes infrequently. Speak loudly and clearly. Sound confident. Do not mumble. If you made an error, correct it, and continue. No need to make excuses or apologize profusely.
Maintain sincere eye contact with your audience. Look straight into the eyes of a person in the audience for 3 seconds at a time. Have direct eye contact with a number of people in the audience, and every now and then glance at the whole audience while speaking. Use your eye contact to make everyone in your audience feel involved.
Speak to your audience, listen to their questions, respond to their reactions, adjust and adapt. If what you have prepared is obviously not getting across to your audience, change your strategy mid-stream if you are well prepared to do so. If you are short of time, know what can be safely left out. If you have extra time, know what could be effectively added. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
Add humor whenever appropriate and possible. Keep audience interested throughout your entire speech. Remember that an interesting speech makes time fly, but a boring speech is always too long to endure even if the presentation time is the same.
Know when to STOP talking. Use a timer to time your speech when preparing it at home. Just as you don’t use unnecessary words in your written paper, you don’t bore your audience with repetitious or unnecessary words. To end your speech, summarize your main points in the same way as you normally do in the CONCLUSION of a written paper. Remember, however, that there is a difference between spoken words appropriate for the ear and formally written words intended for reading. Terminate your speech with an interesting remark or an appropriate punch line. Leave your listeners with a positive impression and a sense of completion. Thank your audience and sit down.
Azhar Ahmed (Director-Training)