Public speaking is a methodical act of performing a speech to a live audience.
Public speaking is globally referred to as a formal face-to-face speaking of a single person to a group of listeners.
The need for public speaking in today’s world is second to none. We all have a public speaking endeavor to deal with or a need to speak well in front of a colossal audience at times of our lives. Whether we are to give the vote of thanks at a sister’s wedding, addressing a team, seeking people’s mandate, at the parliament, community meeting or speaking to a judge, we just have to speak. We cannot escape any of these so why not kill the syndrome now?
Here are the 6 simultaneous ways to becoming an avid public speaker:
1- Know and Prepare for Your Audience
The first imperative task you iron out when preparing for a public speech is to try to decipher and understand the members of the audience that will listen to you. You must have researched the demographics or characteristics of your audience and the exact benefit they get from listening to you. Friends and family should be entertained while your speech must be formal in a corporate event.
2- Don’t Stop Rehearsing
Practice does not only make perfect but it makes permanent. Make time every day to practice your intended speech. In the car, with your wife or kids, in the mirror, on a plane, and even under a stern distraction for example by the TV. This will prepare you for the real deal.
3- Take every opportunity to speak
Luckily for you, “At the beginning, there was the word”. Don’t be shy to speak anywhere. This will sharpen your eloquence, confidence, and courage. The only way to get better is to do it often.
4- Slow down to project tones with confidence
Slow and steady wins the race. Be slow enough so that your audience will hear and grab what you are saying. Use different tones and comes with humor and emotion as confidently as possible. This will make you own your audience.
5- Make Eye Contact
This will make your audience feel you are speaking directly to them. Look at their faces for answers to your rhetorical questions and even those you never expected them to answer.
6- Be time conscious
The audience and nature or type of your speech will determine its length. Do not bore your audience with repetition, longevity and prolonged extremity when not needed. Be ready to dispense what you have as terse as possible.
Public speaking has come to stay as basically a “must –do operation” in our daily lives.