How to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills?
If You Can Speak You Can Influence If You Can Influence You Can Change Lives — Rob Brown
Human beings have types of fears, and some are good for them but some are worst. Yes, sometimes fear helps you — Some conditions fear makes us more aware, alert and helps us to perform better.
But that fear sometimes can give you an excuse for not improving yourself. Limiting yourself in your comfort zone, not trying to something positive.
I gave a brief introduction to fear because we cannot improve our public speaking skills without facing the fear of what others will think about me when I will say something.
How my friends will look at me if I get blank when I try to say something and the list goes on. So, if you want to improve yourself want to achieve something great in life learn to speak.
As Robert Moment said, “Public speaking skills are an essential key to achieving career advancement success.”
Everyone should learn the skill of public speaking, whether someone who needs it on daily basis or someone who speaks very little.
I am going to list some of the key things that you should do for improving your public speaking skills. It’s not cut to throat list it can vary.
Also, you can improve one thing at a time and when you think it’s the best time to go for next then go for the transition.
Here we go…
Plan Your Talk
When someone gets an idea for commuting, he won’t go without plaining and basic details of the trip. If he does, either he will be stuck at some point or he will throw himself into danger.
How could someone start a trip without knowing where to go, how to go, and with whom to go?
Something in public speaking, you have to prepare yourself for the moment. If you wake up and go to speaking in public without knowing about your audience, your topic’s background then it results will be very much disturbing to you.
Because public speaking is a skill and people in big organizations decide based on it, whether to appoint a candidate or not.
So, it’s more than what you think of. Don’t go for public speaking before knowing about your audience and other fundamentals.
If You Don’t Practice, You Don’t Deserve to Win — Andre Agassi
If you have planned your whole public speaking then the next step is to practice it. Yes, because what you have planned or written is to speak, if you go without practicing it will be difficult for you.
When we write, we include many words that are easy in writing but at the time of speaking, you cannot smoothly pronounce them.
So, before going for the main event — public speaking presentation or talk — start your dummy talk with a little crowd.
It will boost your confidence level as well as you can improve your final talk by working on their feedback.
And practicing is not specific for you when you have planned to talk. But you can talk any time when you see an opportunity.
Because sometimes you have to do something unplanned. It’s not only for public speaking but other things as well.
The more you practice public speaking the closer you will get to perfection. Perfection doesn’t exist but you should have aimed for the best outcome.
Create Opportunities for the Audience to Participate in Your Talk
Always draw in your audience with you. Because they are the ones for whom you are speaking. If you are not taking your audience with you then they will get bored, and your talk might not be that much effective as it should be.
So, you can ask questions or you can tell them stories. Or sometimes humor works the best. Because it makes an impression that the speaker is considering the audience as well.
Many of you get nervous and it’s normal because you are doing something new. And is nervousness you speak faster and there are more chances of your mistakes and you will end up speaking something that a speaker should have avoided.
So, to avoid nervousness you should think positively and pause while speaking. Because it will help you in getting calm as well as your impression will be good.
So, speak slow and if needed take pauses. And always draw in, engage your audience so they don’t think left behind.
Craft Your Body Language
Public speak is more of nonverbal communication than verbal. Yes, verbal does impact your public speaking but nonverbal impacts more.
While speaking in public you either stand on point or you speak without making any eye contact with the audience.
That is the point when you fail. You work on your verbal part more than your nonverbal. Because you think it’s about speaking and conveying your thought.
Yes, but how would the audience know, if what you are speaking is truth or something you have are speaking from your side.
Work on your body language. I would prefer to start with a smile because it creates a good impression on the listeners.
And also try eye contacting with the audience, use your hands, and move your body. It all is considered in public speaking.
You always think that what if I have skills like someone else who is good at public speaking. You want to copy others rather than crafting your style.
Because it takes time and hard work that you don’t want to do. And when you craft your personality and include your own opinions in your talk then people will find it genuine.
If you are good at telling stories in your daily life then you should also include stories in your talk. Because it will support your talk more than just reading remembered thoughts of others that have already been told many times.
Go with Feedback
Try to record yourself while talking. It will give you the whole idea of where you are wrong and what things you should add to your public speaking. As well as what things you have not to perform while next time giving a talk.
Recording yourself and watching it for improvement takes courage. Yes, no one wants to see his mistakes but it will help you as well.
So, next time record your talk, and, normally, you will do something wrong as well as something great. And you have to consider both good and bad.