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Do You Have Issues With Public Speaking? Read This

Jul 1

Do You Have Issues With Public Speaking? Read This

Have you ever wondered how some people can be so at ease behind a podium? Do you wish that you could display the same confidence. If so, you are not alone. This article has some suggestions to help you begin. Employ them in your own efforts at public speaking so that you can do well.

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After you have committed the speech to memory, make sure you keep practicing. Try to get in at least one practice session a day for the entire week before giving your speech. Also take this time to perfect your conscious breathing and pacing. Leave time for any audience interruptions that may occur. When you can, try out your speech using the exact equipment used in the public event.

 

Try telling true stories to better your public speaking. Outline your story before your speaking engagement. You need to include a beginning, a middle portion and a definite end to the story you tell. If you stick to the truth, it will be easier to make your story flow well.

 

Make eye contact with your audience members. Doing so makes them feel as if you are speaking directly to them and helps keep them engaged. It also makes you appear confident and poised. Look at various members of the audience as you speak to help engage as many of them as possible.

 

Use YouTube to watch and view the masters of public speaking. Watch not only for their content, but also for their styles and habits. Pay close attention to famous moments and replicate such mannerisms sparingly for specific effect. Watch speeches of your favorite presidents or other national leaders, as you can find videos going back decades.

 

Whether you are new to public speaking or it is something you have done dozens of times, watching videos of the pro can be helpful. Viewing them allows you to see what the experts do and say to engage their audience. You can then try using these techniques when you give your next speech.

 

When you know ahead of time that you will be speaking in public, dress appropriately. You can dress down if you are speaking to a group of children at a summer camp, but dress more formally if you are making remarks at a business luncheon. Avoid flashy colors and distracting accessories. You want the audience to pay attention to your message rather than to your clothing or jewelry.

 

Get the audience engaged and with you before you launch into your actual speech. Always smile as they approach and try to shake some hands. This will make the audience members more receptive to your speech.

 

Many people start a speech with a joke in order to grab the audience's attention, so keep this in mind as you are figuring out what to say. If you are going to tell a joke, make sure that it is tasteful and on topic. Otherwise, you risk alienated some of them.

 

You see, public speaking is about confidence and attitude. Use these ideas to jump start your own ability to deliver messages with ease. The more you practice, the more you will feel comfortable. Begin today so that you can have more confidence and opportunities in the future. Do not hesitate.