Public speaking is a skill not a talent and can have wonderful benefits in every area of your life! At Speechstorming we always teach people to break public speaking down into manageable chunks and take the process step by step!
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1. Surprise your audience at the beginning.
If you don’t get their attention at the very start of your Speech you’ve lost a golden opportunity.
2. People make up your audience, don’t forget it!
Appeal to their emotions, tell stories, entertain them, keep them with you throughout your entire speech.
Engage with your Audience on every level you can; emotional, intellectual, personal, professional. An audience that’s engaged is an audience that’s receiving your message.
4. Experiment with your speaking style.
Find out what works for you. Do you need to memorise every word? Can you improvise around key points? What part of Speaking in public terrifies you?
5. Challenge your audience.
Make them think, have them question their assumptions and beliefs, teach them something through your speech. Don’t have them regret the time they spent listening to you!
6. Hone your speech and performance.
speechwriting is a craft and performance is an art. Dedicate your time and energy to honing both these skills so your speech takes the audience by storm!
7. Structure, structure, structure!
Keep your speech logical, clear and coherent at all times. If your presentation is confusing you risk losing your audience’s attention and it is very hard to get it back! See the Speechstorming videos for ideas you can implement for speech structure.
8. Troubleshoot your speech and performance,
This means recording yourself or giving the speech to a group of your friends or doing both! Evaluate yourself and have others evaluate you.
9. Originality and uniqueness.
Always, always, always be yourself when you speak in public. Don’t directly copy any other speaker as nobody wants to see a poor copy of someone else. Watch other speakers, learn from them, adapt some of their techniques but keep your style your own!
10. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
The more you know your material and your delivery the better your speech will be. Make time to rehearse, find the space to be free of interruptions and work on all the aspects of your content and delivery. Practice makes speeches perfect!
Motivate yourself through the entire process by understanding that each time you speak in public you’re on a learning curve, and sometimes a very steep one! Public Speaking is a skill not a talent, time dedicated to improving your skills is time extremely well spent.
12. Involve yourself in your audience’s reactions and adapt your speech to them.
Are they bored? Do they appear to be confused? Are there mobile phones being secretly used? Do they seem to want you to finish asap? It’s your job to stop all the above happening.
13. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
There truly is no such thing as a disastrous speech, every time you speak in public you will learn something more about yourself, public speaking, an audience, what works well and what doesn’t. All-important building blocks for improving your speeches!
14. Grab their attention in the final minute of the speech.
leave them on a high and with a loud call to action in their ears. Have them excited to have heard you, hoping that they will hear you again and anxious to investigate more for themselves around the topic of your speech.
Public speaking is a skill that can be learnt, for more on the subject of communication and the world of public speaking check out our course on public speaking
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