Studies show that the fear of pubic speaking is actually one of the most common phobias people from all over the world report.
However, sooner or later most of us will have to engage in some form of public speaking, and in this post we share 7 tips that are sure to help you face your next public speaking engagement head on.
#1.Do not Bury your Head in your Notes
It is aesthetically not appealing to be listening to someone that has their head buried in their notes. It also does not portray the confidence and passion needed to convince people of the importance of what you have to say.
By the time you are up on the podium, you should know your speech inside out and be able to deliver it without constantly referring to your notes. Have pointers that can quickly remind you of what it is you want to talk about if you will need to be reminded somehow of what you want to say.
#2. Slow Down
Talk at a measured pace and keep in mind that people might be taking note of what you are saying. This also gives you enough time to make spontaneous comments that will only make you seem more confident.
#3.Work the Room
Try to keep eye contact with everyone in the room and avoid focusing on certain people or a certain part of the room. It is very common for public speakers to stagnate on their friends and family, but often they are not the people who will be judging you.
#4. Practice Beforehand
The best way to avoid staring at your notes is to make sure you practice beforehand. Say your speech out loud, and if possible, practice at the place you will be delivering your speech or presentation. This is likely to make you less nervous on the big day.
Stand up straight, chest out and avoid making too many hand gestures as this can be distracting. You need to project a confident body language and a good way to do this is to practice authoritative poise before your speech to put you in the right frame of mind.
#6. Short and Simple
Your speech should be as short as possible but at the same time deliver a very clear and poignant message. It should have a theme that runs through or is clearly divided into distinct themes but not more than three ideally. An efficient way to convey a lot of messages in an interesting way is to tell a story that highlights the point you are trying to make. However, these stories should be short with clear lessons.
#7. Speak with Authority
You should speak way louder than your normal tone of voice even if the room is equipped with a voice amplifier. Reveal your passion through your voice.
When you are up there, speak like what you are saying is the truest thing ever said and that you would rather be nowhere else but there, present, and in the moment, saying what you are there to say.
However, don’t mistake enthusiasm and energy for loudness. There is a fine line between speaking authoritatively and plain shouting – avoid that.
We hope our tips help you become mentally ready for a great speech on your big day. If you have any tips or suggestions, please feel free to share them with us too.