Does the thought of speaking in front of a group of people make you nervous?
Don't worry! You can take steps to become a better public speaker.
Public speaking is a skill you can learn and improve with practice.
Why Should You Improve Your Public Speaking Skills?
Get your message across most effectively. Public speaking skills help you win the audience, motivate others, and communicate ideas in meetings and presentations.
Advance in your career. Great oral communication skills help form connections with co-workers, customers, and potential clients.
Enhance your leadership skills. Having these skills develops your vocabulary and helps boost your confidence.
Which statements are true about public speaking? Select all that apply.
Can You Make A Career Out Of It?
Public speaking isn't just a skill that can give you an edge over others, but you can pursue a career centered around public speaking.
You could build a career as a:
Tip #1 — Take Time To Prepare A Great Written Speech
Know your material. Select a topic that interests you, prepare an outline and give examples and analogies that make your points more relatable.
Write down key details as bullet points. Include any important facts, statistics, and figures.
Start and end with your most important takeaways. The audience will remember these the most.
Memorizing your introduction and conclusion can be a useful strategy.
Tip #2 — Practice Is Essential!
With practice, you can overcome anxiety and become a more engaging speaker.
Record yourself on video. This will help you become aware of your mistakes, allowing you to correct them and make your practice sessions super effective.
Practice in front of real people. Ask friends or family to listen to your speech and provide feedback.
Use a timer to control the length of your speech.
Tip #3 Work On Your Communication Skills
Pay attention to your pose and posture.
Use hand gestures that enhance speech but don't overdo it.
Maintain eye contact and avoid distracting mannerisms like moving your arms too much or pacing distractedly.
Speak in a calm, slow, loud, and clear voice. Emphasize important parts using varying volume and enunciation.
Use pauses for effect and to emphasize certain points.
Limit filler words and nervous tics, and work to control breathing and tone.
Use humor and a conversational tone to connect with your audience.
Final Words Before You Get On Stage
First impressions matter! When you get on stage make sure to dress appropriately for the event, look smart, and hold yourself well.
Remember to keep the focus more on the topic and less on the various aspects of your speech or performance.
Don't focus on perfection. Pause, take a deep breath, and count to 3 before you speak.
What should you AVOID if you want to be good at public speaking?
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