Speaking in public is a very important skill. It may be that one of your high school or college teachers requires it for an assignment. Many times, one has to give a speech at work. Putting the following tips to use can make anyone become a public speaking pro.
You can’t just expect to have the audience’s attention. You need to work hard if you want their attention, and you need to work harder if you expect to keep it. You really are performing, so you need to put lots of effort into it.
Do your best to memorize your speech. After you know the words, work on how it comes across. Having it memorized ahead of time can help you learn how to comfortably ad lib when in public.
Know as much about your material as possible. Even when memorizing a speech, you should know the figures, facts, stories, and jokes that relate to your topic. Work them in where you think they fit and will engage your current audience. They can also help you when it comes time for the audience to ask questions.
Keep your attention towards the audience. Do not let yourself become distracted by something else happening in the room. Remember that you need to get your point across, and you won’t do this unless you let your audience know your attention is on them.
Practice your speech more than once after you memorize it. Practice often to tweak your speech as needed. Try to maintain calm breathing during the speech. Give yourself some pause time after making key points. If you can, go over your speech where you will be delivering it.
Know the audience. If you can, try to learn who will be listening to you. Then, greet them as they enter the room. Having a personal familiarity with a few people in the crowd can make it a lot more friendly feeling.
Keep going if you accidentally omit a certain sentence from your speech. Stopping during the speech to return to the point may cause you to go off the rails. Plus, people are less likely to realized you skipped a sentence if you do not bring any attention to the matter.
Deep breathing can help curb your anxiety. Taking deep breaths will allow you to relax yourself before speaking. Breathe in for a count of four, and then breathe out for a count of five. Do this up to six times and you can feel more relaxed.
Even if you are speaking at an informal event, dress nicely. It will help to reflect a professional attitude. Wear a tie if you are a man to get the attention of the audience focused on your face.
Make sure to focus on getting your audience’s attention early on. Smile cordially at them when they are seating themselves, and shake hands with them if possible. This will make the audience members more receptive to your speech.
After your speech is written, do many practice runs so that you nearly memorize it. Watch yourself in the mirror to fine tune your facial expressions and gestures for the greatest effect. Practice in front of your family and ask for feedback. They will give you tips on what needs improvement.
End your speech with something memorable. While all parts of your speech are important, the ending is what people will probably remember most. If you end on a bad note, most people will quickly forget everything you just said.
Public speaking is a critical skill to learn. You may have to do this for school or work. Some recreational or social activities sometimes require you to speak in public. Still, public speaking can be simple if you keep the things you read above in mind.