Here are ten tips to public speaking effectively and with impact. If you follow these tips it will help you to stay on track, keep organized, and to improve your public speaking skills.
Public speaking is no joke. There is a huge amount of pressure involved. A lot of those people are waiting for you to make a single mistake. Moreover, simply standing there makes you an obvious subject to ridicules and criticisms.
The second thing to remember is, everyone feels the fear of public speaking at least once. No matter how much experience a speaker may have, they may still experience the butterflies in the stomach or the clammy hands. The fear is natural and is nothing to be ashamed of at all. You must realize that you are not alone in your fear and that the sooner you work through it the sooner you will not fear public speaking anymore.
Barack, however, does not have a southern accent. Plus, he speaks well and has a sense of humor. This does not make him a great president necessarily, but if he should become the next president then we will not be embarrassed when he gives a speech.
So to start improving on your presentaion skills, you need to first learn how to maintain good audience contact. Without this you will never be able to reach the hearts and minds of your listeners. So rather than look at the audience as whole, focus on individuals.
I’m sure you are thinking by now, I must have been crazy, and you would be right; I was certifiably insane but I had made a promise once, to a dying friend in a nursing home. My promise to her was that I would always live my life with no regrets. And so, even though I was fearful, I vowed to face my fears head on and beat them, and live my dream of becoming a professional singer.
What about the jurors? What do you want them to perceive, imagine, and feel? It’s natural to be focused on yourself, but when it comes to giving your opening statement, you can ill-afford such a selfish approach. Switching your focus from yourself to the jury also allows you to relax and block out any external distractions.
Building public speaking self-confidence takes time and practice, but you can do it. You have to work on your public speaking skills, believe you can be successful even before you experience success and as you experience success, continue to build your skills in a reinforcing positive loop.