Want to be good in public speaking? You’re going to need to master your skills. Not as easy as it sounds though as nearly three quarters of people suffer from speech anxiety. As scary as it sounds, it can be easily fixed!
Prioritise preparation. We all know the saying – failing to prepare is preparing to fail. The best way to calm your nerves before public speaking is to make show you arrive prepared. Preparation will also help you to improve the quality of your speaking. Speakers are far more effective if they have practised and thought about what they actually want to say.
Alter your outlook. See the speaking opportunity as a chance to share a message which you are passionate about with masses of people.
Embrace the short and sweet. Talking too long is a common problem with public speakers, most people do not have long listening spans so it is important to use your time wisely and make it memorable.
Embody energy. You are in charge of the audience therefore, you lead their energy rather than their energy lead you – the speaker. By remembering this you can ensure you turn up with the right energy level needed to deliver a strong presentation.
Engage in eye contact. Start in your day-to-day life by making eye-contact a habit of yours. When holding a conversation make a connection with a person’s eyes, this way you are talking to them, not at them. This makes all the difference when addressing an audience.
Turn to TED. Watch some of the highest-rated TED talks and learn from the way the speakers handle themselves. Recruit your friends to give you feedback as you practice techniques.
Rinse and repeat. With speaking and most things in life the more you practice the more you learn and the better you will get.