Boldness to speak is not something we are all born with. But somewhere along the line it is developed and you are thrilled by certain person’s speech. Speaking is beneficial for our careers. You might need to make a presentation to an audience, pitch to an investor or a group of investors or speak as an expert to an audience. It is important to develop your skill of communication and improve on your boldness to become a better speaker. Although the fear of speaking is a common phobia you don’t have to be affected by this dread as you make career advancement. It is better for you to start finding out and doing what you have to do to become a better public speaker.
Every great speaker is always prepared. According to Mark Twain, “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” Improve your confidence before you get on stage. Know your audience and dress appropriately. It is good to write your material, read your notes and practice before the big day.
Before the big moment, learn to loosen up. Free yourself from the anxiety. Understanding your fears could help, but you don’t only need to recognize it, you have to throw it away for the moment. Before you get on stage get out with friends, exercise, watch your favorite movie or listening to some stimulating music.
Know your audience
It is better for you to arrive early. This way you can spend a few minutes meeting with your audience and get yourself relaxed. Shake hands with the people you will be speaking to, smile and show appreciation for them coming to hear you speak. By doing this you are better informed about your audience and you will pump them up to hear you deliver your speech.
Don’t try to be perfect
If you are expecting to make the perfect speech or delivery, then you are setting yourself up for failure on stage. Don’t try to be perfect. Be natural instead. You are human from the moment you start speaking. The audience knows this and they are not expecting some superhuman. Still, you don’t have to force it. Try to pick out one person in the crowd to speak to. Focus your gaze, attention and message on this one person. If that one person can understand your message, rest of audience will also understand your message.
Speak from your heart
Don’t try to sell your audience that they wouldn’t buy anyway. You are already pressured on stage. So focus on what your audience needs and how you can better serve them. You are the one in a position of authority. Don’t be afraid of them but inspire them. Speak from the heart on a subject that you are interested in and informed on. This will lighten you up and your audience will be able to relate with your passion and energy on stage.
Keep the mood relaxed
Even when you have the audience’s attention, you do not need to have to keep the air tense by speaking from the surface. Let the audience know that you are interested in them. Look at them, smile and speak to their heart. The truth is that audiences have a low attention span. If you are not keeping them intrigued with what you are saying they will look elsewhere. Try and tell a story or a joke. Reaching out to them that will make what you are telling them be of benefit to them will have them engaged to your speech.
Great speakers continue to perfect the art of speaking. Like in everything in life you can become better at speaking if you continue practicing and developing the art.