Many people wish they had the ability to speak in public but most fail to do well at it. Why is this? And what can you do that will allow you to present a great and memorable speech?
1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
The truth is that most people sabotage their own speaking by concentrating on small things. They become concerned about stance, grammar, the right volume and pitch of their voice, are their notes in order, does their speech follow the right structure, and so forth and so on. When they begin to speak they’re concentrating on all these little details. Their mind is trying to juggle all this information at once. They get confused and worried that they made a mistake. In the end, the speech they deliver fails to get their point across. Instead, they should have concentrated on what they had to say.
2. Know What Your Going to Talk About
If you don’t know the subject matter you’re going to talk about, well, it’s going to be hard to talk intelligently about it, isn’t it? The downfall of many a public speaker has been not having the knowledge they need to get their point across. Make sure that you have your topic down cold.
3. Who is Your Audience?
Sometimes a speaker may have good knowledge but they don’t prepare it properly for the audience. For example, a biochemist would need to prepare a different speech for a middle school class or an academic committee. Using the same speech for both simply wouldn’t work. Know what information your audience is looking for and how to deliver it to them in a way they can understand.
4. Have a Strong Desire for Other People to Hear It
If you go into a speech and don’t have confidence in your message, guess what, your audience won’t have confidence in it either. More than likely they’ll be bored. But, if you present a speech where your desire for other people to hear it is clear you will usually win over the majority of the audience.
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