Here are ten tips to public speaking effectively and with impact. If you follow these tips it will help you to stay on track, keep organized, and to improve your public speaking skills.
Practice, practice, practice : Having a solid outline for the speech is absolutely necessary, but the next critical step is rehearsal. It helps in anticipating and avoiding troubles before they happen. We can also join Toastmasters, volunteer to speak at local events and practice at work. The more we speak, the better we will be.
Make all movements purposeful : Moving just to move or out of nervousness is annoying for the audience. There is no need to move all the time. Try standing planted from time to time.
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.
That is why we must accept the fact that speaking in front of an audience is inevitable and when life throws us lemons, we should just make lemonades. Face our fears head on. We all have that fear in public speaking. Some people may even fear speaking in public more than dying. So before you let that fear get to you, catch it head on. Learn better presentation skill and public speaking. Be the best speaker you can possibly be.
An overall plan to reduce shyness and increase self-confidence would be wise to include joining Toastmasters. Membership will provide you plenty of opportunities to both develop your communication and leadership skills but also plenty of opportunities to network in social situations.
At 16, I began to sing in a local restaurant. I was shy, performing in public made me uncomfortable, but I continued to work on my presentation skills, including doing vocal exercises to increase my vocal range. Fortunately, it was a small venue and the customers said I did a pretty good job of singing one of my favorite songs, John Denver’s Leaving on a Jet Plane.
Getting yourself to change behavior is hard – even if it’s something you really want. When it comes to changing behaviors, it’s helpful to think of yourself as a coach. A coach will push you hard when he knows you can do better. But if you work really hard and give 100%, he’ll also reward you for a job well done. Any achievement plan should also include incentives and rewards. For example, if you hate public speaking but realize you have to improve your skills to get a better position, you might commit to treat yourself to ice cream whenever you deliver a speech for your public speaking class.