You’re in class or at work during an event that requires you to speak in public. When you’re in the middle of the crown, you find yourself feeling weak and nervous as if your heart’s about to jump out of your chest.
You want to run away or even pass out, anything to get away from the situation. Speaking in front of a crown can be terrifying, especially if you’re unprepared. Luckily, we’ve asked the help of many professional public speakers to give us a few tips as to provide us with helpful lessons on how to success and combat the challenges of giving a speech.
Here are ten essential tips every professional speaker would give you.
1. It’s more about passion than what you understand
Following the topic is standard for speaking, but any speaker can memorize facts and list them down easily. Transform your speech into something magical with the passion and ability to believe in the given idea of what you’re talking about.
Once you show your passion, people will feel it and listen to you. Talk about things you care about; this gives you a positive talk in a personal way.
2. Start at the top
One common misconception in giving public speeches is to build up your audience and prep them with interesting statistics and facts. If you don’t have a particular goal in your presentation, your audience will never catch on.
Not knowing how to start and end will cause a disaster if you rely on the ability of those who are attending to follow your speech until the end. Stating your goal and deconstructing each point will be much easier for the audience to follow and stay engaged in your statement.
3. Remind yourself that communication is a healthy daily habit
Keep in mind that human interaction is a regular part of your everyday life. Speaking to your friends about the recent football game is no different than speaking on a bigger scale. Professional speakers don’t consider their speeches as an excellent performance but rather a large dinner party filled with friends.
4. Skip the queue cards and wordy powerpoints
Skip the heavy memorizing and queue cards. Why would anyone listen to the speaker when they can immediately read from the screen? Using cards in your speech can make you “live up” to the cards and make sure you didn’t miss a line.
5. Learn from better speakers
The benefit of having meeting better speakers allows you to learn from them and their skills. If you don’t have connections to a professional speaker, you can check them out online. Note how they communicate as well as their posture, pace, eye contact, and motion.
6. Practice, practice, practice
Practice makes perfect, especially when delivering a strong message to your audience. Start by reading your speech out loud of a written outline. Once you’ve mastered that, practice without the sheet in front of a mirror then to other people. Record yourself to listen in on what you need help with and practice on.
7. Take it slow
Going fast is a sign of nervousness and being unprepared. Professional speakers are relatively slow but not painfully slow that will make the audience bored. It’s better to cover any points you may have missed that always babbling hoping your audience will understand every word.
8. Take advantage of silence
When giving a speech, you may often feel the need to keep talking. We start to unconsciously start saying “uhh” or “umm” to help fill the void. Take moments of silence to regain your thoughts and continue.
9. Promote Questions and Answers
Ask questions to invite the audience to get involved and add onto your message. This will encourage interaction and make everyone more comfortable.
10. Be yourself
Remember, we’re all human. Everyone is susceptible to feeling nervous and getting butterflies in their stomach. The best thing you can do is to be the best speaker you can be and adapt lessons from the world’s best speakers.
Follow these tips for the next time you need to get out of your shell and prepare for your speech. Comment below and let us know what other tips you have when preparing for a public speech!