In the 21st century a good public speaking is as respected and lucrative, as any other profession. The good orators are employed for the decent jobs, and promoted to the higher positions; they easily pass the exams, and are always in public spotlight. The most importantly, the public speakers have a wide circle of friends and contacts, and have an enviable social image. It is well-known that a good teacher should be a good orator as well. He/she should be able to convey his/her knowledge and opinions in an interesting and understandable way, and to arouse the audience’s/class’s interest.
It is possible to study how to be a good public speaker. If you want to master this trade, keep in mind the simple tips.
1. I know why I am here
The first mistake that public speaker makes is subconscious incomprehension of a reason why he/she is here - in front of that audience. The majority of the speakers believe that the most important thing is to hold a piece of paper without shiver, to read the text expressively and not to stammer it out. This is the wrong approach. Formalism can never lead to a sincere interest of the audience. So, try to fully comprehend what you are doing there, what you want to say and why, and how you should bring your ideas to the audience. Ask yourself this questions on the previous day of public speaking, then master the several models of a speech and choose the best one for your presentation.
2. I want to be useful
Public speaking often turns out to be an act of self-enjoyment. The audience feels and observes this. For example, imagine that you are a teacher, who has to give a speech at the teachers’ conference. You share your experience with others, and this is your self-presentation and professional triumph as well. Obviously, your colleagues will notice this, but do not go too far and do not expect that the professional teachers like you will listen to your fiery speech with bated breath. They might be more interested in your attire. That is why you should always focus on the audience and not on yourself. That is why you should study your listeners before giving a speech. Your task is to share new information. Only in this case the audience will remember you and appreciate your speech properly.
3. I want to be natural
Reading from a paper always irritates a large part of the audience. The listener is convinced that he/she also would be able to read from a paper perfectly well. So, what is the point of listening you?! Remember, that an orator is an actor in small doses. The audience always prefers to listen to an individual, heartfelt speech, to see your positive attitude and emotions. The speech given without paper sounds more natural. However, to feel more relaxed, you can have small notes on hand, and look into it from time to time in case of necessity, or you can use a PowerPoint-based feature of making notes. The notes will only catalyze the speech, and nothing more. Such public speaker will be accepted with sympathy by the audience.
4. I see everybody
You have to work for the audience. The audience wants to get interesting and useful information from you, so it does not worth to ignore it with a glance, smile, by talking to it. Consider that this is a dialogue, everyday ritual when your interlocutor reacts emotionally, gesticulates, makes the pauses, nods and more. Simply, now you are in a business environment and your business dialogue is more alive, more challenging. Talk to the audience!
5. Prepare an improvisation in advance
It may sound paradoxical, but it is a fact. Decorate your speech with pre-prepared jokes and life examples. Such decoration of speech perfectly fits the context. You are not a professional speaker, so it will be useful, if you take care of these things in advance.
6. My voice is ringing
Articulation and intonation - the nature not always awards us with a beautiful timbre and speaker’s qualities. We are well aware of our own disadvantages. So, do not be lazy and carefully listen to the TV announcers, catch the unique details and accents in their voice and tonality, try to copy their speech. Record your own speech on voice recorder, then listen to it and work on the problems.
7. Give energy away
If you do not give energy away, the speech would be ineffective. Audience must feel the energy, and not just in the front rows. Speak loudly, try to reach the back rows, talk to them as well. Your message should be delivered to everybody. If there is enough motivation, the desired result will be achieved intuitively.
8. Keep smiling
According to Dale Carnegie, the most precious thing in the World is smile. Smile is a compliment to the audience, a thanksgiving sign, declaration of trust. The audience believes in people who smile, they want it to look like them. You can smile during the unexpected pause or mistake - this saves and justifies you. Never forget that there is a smile and it is at your side.
9. I look gorgeous
As we have said, the audience not only listens to you, but also looking at you and examines. If you think that particular dress or trousers do not suits you, refuse to wear it. Image does not like the experiments. Set your choice on outfit in which you feel confident. Choose business, stylish and comfortable clothing and footwear.
10. Learn how to study
Study the people, the audience - what caused their interest, when they applauded and when somebody has yawned in the front rows. Listen to professional speakers, actors, and announcers. Be confident. Analyze your performance. Exercise in front of a mirror, in the kitchen while cooking a dinner. Record your voice on voice recorder. Remember, the development is prerequisite of success.