People have their own connotations about public speaking. Perhaps, these initial thoughts are what keeps you from developing into the best version of yourself. This shouldn’t be the case. Here at Speech Ionizers, we believe that everyone has the potential to be a great public speaker, and the first step into making this a reality is to clear out all negative thoughts about it as much as possible.
Giving a speech can be really intimidating. Facing unfamiliar faces, trying to remember the flow of your speech, knowing where to put your hands, and managing your props—all of these while making sure that the audience understands the message that you are trying to get across. As if this isn’t hard enough by itself, you need to deliver your talk in English? But what if English is not your native language? Now that’s another hurdle you have to get through.
In the previous blog post entitled 9 Tips on Using Eye Contact to Deliver Great Speeches, we discussed the value of making eye contact and even shared some tips on how you can use it to make your talks and public speeches even more powerful. However, along the way of mastering the technique, you may still find that some problems are unavoidable. This time, we listed them all down so that you are aware, and try to give some very helpful tricks on what you can do to solve or lessen the possibility.
Most speeches are structured without a question & answer portion. This is fine for short public speaking engagements. However, if you are giving long talks, workshops, or pitches, the situation is a lot more different. You have to make sure that your audience understands your message clearly, and so opening the floor to some clarification is highly necessary.
Are you the type of person who’s having a hard time making eye contact when speaking to somebody or when doing public speaking? You see, eye contact is a very powerful way to to connect with your audience when giving talks or presentations. So if you answered yes on the previous question, this article specifically meant for you.
Being nervous before giving a speech is completely normal. Even those who you find to be really great public speakers were once in your shoes as well and are still probably feeling the same way every now and then. Is there a way to get over this? Oh yes, of course there is! That’s what we’re here for.
While a common misconception of the term “public speaking” is talking to a huge number of audience, this isn’t always the case. As a matter of fact, you’ll find that small group public speaking engagements are more common. Examples for this are sales pitches, corporate presentations, workshops, etc.
What do you do when you have a long test and you have to memorise bunch of theories and formulas? What do you do when you have a new mobile number, which of course, you have to memorise? Have you ever offered to take your friends’ orders in a fast food chain and ended up having to memorise a variety of complicated ones? What did you do? One technique you probably used was to keep repeating these things to yourself so that you would remember them.
Giving a talk is not an easy task. If you’re bombarded with a lot of information and ideas to present, you’d want to make sure that you will be able to communicate everything that you have to. And what’s the first measure that you can think of? Memorize your speech. It sounds like a great idea at first—being able to say everything and not leave anything out. But then you realize how tiring it can be and how much time it would eat up in order to memorize everything.
It’s one thing to master the art of speaking fluently, which for us is truly such an awesome soft skill to have. But it’s another thing to connect with the audience in a way that will make them want to listen to what you have to say. This, my friends, is what we call stage presence.
The thing with stage presence is that a lot of people think that a person is either born with it or not—if it doesn’t come intricately, then your dreams of being a public speaker is as good as doomed. But this is certainly not true. You see, stage presence is a skill. Meaning, like communication skills, it can be learned and improved through time and practice. So don’t fret just yet! We have here some expert tips and tricks to get you started in strengthening your stage presence.