Mastering public speaking as an art and being able to execute projects perfects starts with conquering the fear that comes with public speaking. Both the introverts and extroverts get to suffer from this fear. Here are top ten tips on how you should go about conquering the fear and mastering the art of public speaking to perfection.
10. Keep an eye out;
Keeping your eye out enables you to create contact and thus get used to the audience that you are speaking to. However, you ought to be extremely careful, while at it, to avoid staring or gazing at may be one position. You ought to practice consistence when doing eye contact though.
9. Don’t be thrown:
It is not unique or such a bad a thing to be talking to an audience that appears to have lost attention to what you are talking about! There are several reasons as to why your audience might get disinterested like having an inability to pay attention, speaking to the wrong target audience or even external factors such as weather conditions and noise. Because it really doesn’t have to do with you, don’t panic but instead try to find out what it’s technically and see whether there is anything you can do solve the problem.
8. Be a problem solver:
Most significant public speeches are based on solving problems. Don’t just start and finish your speech with numerous dry facts. If you really want to resonate with your target audience and of course erase the fear of public speaking you have to be a problem solver.
7. Be brief and keep it simple:
In most cases less is more in public speaking. You don’t have to strain to fit in a lot of information into a short timeframe. You have to be brief/concise and straight to the point because the human mind tends to pick short, clear and simple points from a long speech. Ensure that you don’t bore your target audience and probably get negative responses like being booed down by keeping it short.
6. Slow and steady wins the race:
Most novice speakers end up speaking too fast or even too slow because they are too nervous. Compose yourself so that you can be able to monitor your speed. You ought to always speak in a conversational tone in order to grab the attention of an audience.
In order to utilize inflection and connect with your audience, you have to use facial expressions such as smiling where necessary. Remember, doing it too much will send a wrong perception and thus you have to be very moderate on how you do everything. You can actually inject some level of humor where necessary in order to connect with your audience and maintain it fixed to what you are speaking about.
4. Find that one person;
Although it sounds funny but it works especially for people who are probably doing it for the first time and are seriously nervous. You should try to find that one person in the audience whom you feel is extremely interested in what you are talking about and start speaking as if you are addressing that person. But you ought to be very careful to avoid overdoing it.
3. Be prepared:
Good preparation is very vital before doing anything. When it comes to public speaking, however, you shouldn’t over-rehearse your speech because it will make it all look too mechanical and not connecting. One of the most recommended ways of preparing for a speech is by practicing before friends and close family members. That way you’ll get feedback and get to hear what you sound like during a presentation.
2. Be a storyteller:
Any audience gets more receptive whenever it hears a story than a mere lecture. Therefore, if you want your facts to get home with ease, you should try and illustrate what you mean by using shot stories. Remember, if you over do it, you’ll make it less professional.
1. Don’t forget to breathe: