3 Tips to Becoming a Better Public Speaker
Public speaking is really a skill that many people lack but as an entrepreneur, it should be a very important weapon in your arsenal. On our quest to help you become a better public speaker, we have put together three tips to help you improve your public speaking skills.
Each of these tips requires constant practice as no great speaker today became a veteran in one try, it takes practice and practice.
Tip #1: Master Your Voice
Sometimes when we speak we pay little or no attention to our voice or the tone of our speeches; unfortunately, our voice has huge effect on our audience and consequently on our public speaking skills. To make a better public speaker, you must master you own voice by:
Keeping Your Tone on Check and Speaking Calmly:
Speaking calmly sometimes tells your audience that you are confident and you know exactly what you are doing. Who doesn’t want to listen to such a person?
Ensure that you keep the tone of your speech under your control; try to regulate it tightly because the manner of reception of your speech by the audience depends on it.
Avoid Stammering and Place Emphasis on Important Points:
Stammering kind of reveals that you are anxious or nervous, try as much as you can to reduce it to its minimum and don’t forget to place emphasis on main points so as to have your audience move along with you as the speech progresses.
Amateur speakers tend to be in a hurry to leave the podium because of some reasons best known to them –perhaps. To be a better speaker, you need to patiently interact with your audience keeping eye contacts with them as you speak.
Pause Periodically for Effect:
Talking continuously like a programmed robot will only make your audience grow uninterested and there is no essence talking if you are not communicating so, at intervals pause to allow some of your points sink into their minds.
Tip #2: Master Your Body Language
They say your body language speaks clearer than your voice, try not to make it send the wrong information to your audience. The message sent by your body language must be synchronous with the words you speak. To have total control of your body language, you should always:
Keep a Firm Posture:
Standing in front of a large number of audience and quivering is not an experience to be proud of. So ensure to stand or sit firmly as the case may be; if need be, walk and gesture firmly as well.
Feel Free to Display Facial Expressions to Portray Your Points:
Sometimes you may have a need to express that awe look on your face when you make a few points that demand such look. Our facial expressions can add a lot of fun to our speeches; it tells really when we are making a joke, being serious or trying to mimic a character or person. When public-speaking, ensure to use your facial expression to your advantage.
Keep Eye Contact With Your Audience:
I can recall giving my first public speech; my eyes were hovering above the heads of my audience and they grew uninterested as I recited each sentence. Avoid this blunder at all cost; maintain eye contacts with your audience and accompany it with an encouraging smile while taking those periodic pauses. This helps to lighten the spirit of your audiences except when giving a tragic speech like a eulogy –of course nobody would need your smiles in such a condition.
Control Your Movement:
Make sure you regulate the movement of your body parts; do not lock your hands against each other, never fold akimbo when speaking publicly; have a need to walk across the podium? Control your pace and don’t make it seem like you are in a hurry –even though you are.
Tip #3: Master the Content of Your Speech
Except during a live interview, you are given enough time to prepare your speech, ensure you put that time to proper use of mastering the contents of your speech. There are a few things that you should not miss as a public speaker, these things include:
The Structure of Your Speech:
It is very important that you structure your speech properly before coming to the spotlight to present it. Take your time to organise your speech into three vital sections: the beginning, the middle, and the end. Present each point in the best way possible and create good transitions when moving from one point to another.
Use Active Sentences, Not Passive:
Speaking passively can make your audience bored and dizzy; always employ an active tone in every sentence to keep them engaged. Keeping the audience engaged is the goal of every excellent public speaker; you should aim for that, also.
Do not neglect the time, ensure to use the exact duration allotted for you to speak –it could be slightly less but not more.
Thank Your Audience:
This is a very important part of public speaking as it marks the end of the speech; try not to forget it.
Like I mentioned earlier, it takes practice and practice to become a better public speaker. By putting these tips into practice and always taking up public-speaking tasks, you are bound to improve your skills of public-speaking.