Public speaking skills are needed during all stages of life – be it at a young age for school debates or for office purposes while you need to give a presentation or conduct a meeting and seminar. Apart from confidence and well done research, you also need to gear yourself for a good public speech as some common troubles that you might face while delivering a speech in public are anxiety, stammering, forgetfulness, gesture problem, getting cold etc. This article will be a thorough guide to help you in developing good public speaking skills; read on more to know about the secrets to become a perfect public orator –
If you are well aware of the event; gear up and make no mistakes! Know your audience and learn the ways that would please them. Their knowledge, age and number will help you to prepare for your lecture.
Also, make sure you know your subject well as the better you will prepare with the subject the better will be your speech. There is one stop solution for all topics under the sun – the Internet. Read thoroughly about what you will speak and make the notes of the same to keep it with you. Reading out notes in front of public is surely a bad try; but if you can adopt this practice naturally without letting people understand then you can surely get away with longer speeches. Statistics always makes you sound authentic, and jokes make you sound approachable and confident, thus incorporate them wisely.
The Tone of Speaking
When you are speaking in a small group, the tone can be casual and informal unless it’s an official meet up. For a group with more than 50 heads, you will have to be formal and interactive. Try to engage your audience by asking them questions and keeping them attentive to what you are saying.
Keep your Answers Ready
Whenever you are in an interactive session, expect return questions. If you think that no one will ask you, eventually you will be startled with questions and stand awestruck with no answers – thus to avoid the embarrassment imagine the questions that might come up and get prepared for the answers. However, if you want to buy some time instantly, you can fill up the silence by saying these phrases – “that is an interesting line of thought, which I hadn’t considered”, “thank you for raising this question; I would get back to you with more research on this”.
Be Aware of the Time
Usually authorities give flexible time for speech, say about 10-15 minutes as you can enough time to wrap up what you are saying. Abrupt closure is considered to be bad manners. Once you go overtime, the audience will start fidgeting and that will distract you as well. It’s awkward, when you understand that they are not listening to you anymore! Thus, rehearse your speech within a set time keeping the clock in front of you.
Practice and Practice
The proverb rightly says practice makes a man perfect. If you are a novice, practice even more and do it in front of people who will give you a neutral feedback. Practice it in front of the mirror keeping a stop clock with you to understand the time. Of course you cannot gauge the public questions beforehand but your friends and families can help you in that by participating during your rehearsal with some questions.
Apart from the above mentioned grooming points, you will have to keep in mind the stage presence factor; presenting your persona on the podium should fit into your personality. If your personality is grim and serious; do not try to crack jokes while your speech; and if you are a jovial person do not try to give that “corporate” look to yourself. Concentrate on what you are saying and dress comfortably. Your concentration should not be wandering anywhere else except for your words and your audience.