A great deal of us feel scared, anxious and absolutely not self-confident when it comes to speaking in public. Most of us would feel stressed out and think with fear about a public presentation or a necessity to give any kind of public speech. At the same time, we all adore those people: politicians, celebrities, TV stars, who enjoy speaking in public and always do it very good. That is why most of us dream about mastering the art of public speaking, and sometimes even attend special classes or lessons. The skill of excellent public speaking is one of the key ones to success and great achievements in life. Below, check out some interesting tips for speaking in public.
Making effective public speech is a real art, which also requires a lot of work and preparation. To my mind, the most important qualities of such presentation are delivery and presentation style (from the perspectives of the presenter’s behavior and attitude towards the audience). I suppose that, first of all, in order to make a public speech successful, the presenter must be psychologically ready and not look timid, confused or lost, because it will cause lack of attention of the audience. He or she has to demonstrate self-confidence, self-control, deep knowledge of the subject and sincere enjoyment of his public speaking.
Besides, keeping positive and enough persuasive are very important tips for speaking in public. The presenter must look opened to the listeners and be prepared to answer any questions of theirs. Undoubtedly, he or she needs to do everything possible to evoke interest of the audience to the subject, otherwise the presentation can become boring or the listeners may feel lack of trust in the speaker’s words, etc. Also, the presenter must be sensitive to the response of the addressees on his speech, be flexible and able to react promptly on the feedback received.
Another significant moment is structure and content of oral presentation. I suppose that for making your speech effective and successful, you as a presenter have to always keep in mind the principles of simplicity, apprehensibility and consistency. Oral communication gives listeners no opportunity to re-read or re-check the main ideas to be better understood. That is why it is very important for the audience to keep focused on the key points of the presentation; therefore, the presenter has to repeat the main concepts several times during the speech. In addition, using some visual aids, like pictures or slide shows, can make presentation more advantageous for the audience.
And, finally, I think that such details as voice and appearance of the presenter also play quite important role for making a public speech interesting and effective. If the tone of voice, pronunciation and/or clarity of the speaker are not pleasant or if they are even annoying for his or her listeners, it means that the communication channel “presenter – listener” is damaged and information will not be received properly. The same can be said about body language and, to a great extent, about presenter’s appearance, which can someway affect attention of the listeners and presentation quality, in general. Keep in mind these simple tips for speaking in public, and remember that mastering the art of public speaking is actually not too hard and a very challenging mission for everyone of us.