It takes no particular brains to be able to talk to friends, family members or colleagues at workplace, does it? When then, do we have a hard time mastering public speaking?
It’s because public speaking is not something we are naturally trained for.
We learn to write, speak and communicate in many other forms at a young age.
But public speaking – it’s usually taken up as a separate vocation.
To make the matters worse, we develop stage fright and nurture countless other fears and doubts inside us with time that keep us from becoming powerful mass communicators.
If you want to be a public speaker who leaves his audiences spellbound, you’ve got to practice a lot and learn from those who’ve “been there and done that.”
Listed below are some smart ideas to advance your public speaking:
1. FEEL that You’ve Got there Already
First things first, you’ve got to “believe” that you will become a great public speaker. It’s important to do self-assessments every now and then but more important than that is the ability to “feel” that you’ve got there already.
Imagine yourself delivering a keynote speech at a big hall. Do it often.
Feel the excitement, hear the claps & watch people listening attentively to every word you say.
Spend at least 15 minutes a day imagining yourself as the public speaker you want to be.
You will be amazed at just how quickly you will overpower many of your limitations through this simple exercise.
2. Gather & Tell Stories Everywhere You Go
You don’t have to practice in a closed room or in front of your close friends at all times.
Gather and tell stories on the go.
If you observe or read something interesting, inspiring or “worth telling” today, how will you “narrate the short story” to someone else?
Do it and notice your audience’s reaction.
Can you make people laugh? Can you manage to get their attention? Can you make them THINK by providing suitable anecdotes or incidents?
You may have a hard time at first but keep doing it nonetheless.
3. Learn How to Make People Laugh
You’ve got to be an interesting person to be a great public speaker.
No matter how serious the topic, you will have to almost always make people feel at ease.
To learn how to convulse people with laughter, you’ve got to know what really “clicks.”
Keep in mind that the kind of jokes that make Indians laugh may sound like a puzzle to Americans and vice-versa. People have different tastes.
Start practicing at home, office, club and everywhere else you go. Don’t give up if you fail at first. A Wikihow link on how to make people laugh.
4. Do Your Homework for a Specific Audience and Occasion
Are you going to deliver a speech at a college function? Is your company launching a new product? What kind of people are in the audience?
Take notes and prepare for your speech accordingly. You can also read a good post called: 12 Points To Being A Better Public Speaker
5. Practice Loud Self Talk
This one is fun. It’s about practicing public speaking in your head.
Whether you are taking a shower in bathroom, preparing evening meals or just out for a leisure stroll, you can talk to yourself loudly in your head. Speak as loudly as you would on stage and listen to every word carefully.
It’s not easy but it can help you a great deal on how to connect ideas.
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6. Practice Body Movements & Facial Expressions
Practice different body movements and facial expressions in front of a mirror and in a closed room at home.
How are you going to move towards the audience just when you have all their attention?
How will make a face when you say something very funny? What should your face look like when you point out something very serious?
7. Have a Backup Plan Ready
No matter how well you’ve prepared for a speech or how long you’ve been a public speaker, there’re always chances that you will lose track on stage or forget some ideas you planned to communicate to the audience.
Having a backup plan like is therefore important.
Some ideas are:
- Some notes you can refer to in case you forget something important
- A glass of water on stage that you can pick up if you need some time to think
- Some ready questions you can ask the audience if they look bored
- Crisp lines you will say just in case you fumble or move to a different slide
We are glad and hope you enjoyed the article contributed by Jonathan Curran on How to Advance Your Public Speaking. He represents PROMOTIVATE Speakers Agency Europe a group of motivational, conference, women, sports and after dinner speakers. Follow us on Google+ to get more updates.