The significance of public speaking
Public speaking has become key requirement for jobs, promotions, and opportunities in all sectors. It is best to nurture this skill from young by getting into courses in public speaking for kids. Good public speaking skills will give you an edge during school, job interviews, work presentations, project proposals and speech delivery. Someone who can talk confidently in front of an audience will always have extra merit than those who stutter, pause and stammer. Besides professional arena, good public speaking is also required at personal arena. For instance, giving a speech at a friend’s wedding, leading a group of friends during a trip and giving the pep talk to your kids. These are the times when good public speaking skills will come to rescue and accomplish the mission on hand.
There are four main strategies to cultivate good public speaking skills.
Planning is mandatory for public speaking
It is important to keep the audience captivated. Both the content and the presentation need to reach them so that they stay interested till the end of your public speaking. Hence, you need to plan your speech appropriately. The beginning of the speech always leaves a first impression. It is very important to set the tone and mood of your speech as early as possible so that audience know what to expect from your speech. The introduction needs to be captivating and the rest of the speech needs to be coherent to ensure a smooth flow. Besides these, body language needs to be on point so that the messages being delivered do not confuse the audience.
Practice well for your speech
It is the ultimate truth that ‘Practice makes perfect’. Confidence can only be acquired through practice. Look for opportunities to speak in front of people. The Toastmasters club, volunteering to emcee at events, and volunteering to conduct meetings are some of the platforms that can be used to practice public speaking. It also helps to practice in front of a dummy audience before the big day to manage the jitters, plan the timings, and fine tune the content. All these will result in confidence and consequently a better public speaking.
Body language in public speaking
Body language speaks volumes. The message the body language sends to the audience needs to be coherent with what you are saying. For instance, you cannot be smiling while talking about tragedies. Minute details like these send messages to the audience on how prepared you are, how confident you are, and finally, how passionate you are about your public speaking. All these directly contribute to the success of the presentation.
Watch recordings of your speeches
Many times, it will feel like you have done your best but the result will turn out to be the opposite. This is because the mistakes are minute and are often missed by the speaker. Issues like body language are sometimes done from the subconscious mind and need to be addressed specifically. This can be done by watching recordings of your speeches. Through this, you will be able to identify your mistakes such as leaning on one leg, crossing your arms, being too static, usage of too many fillers, and having a poker face throughout the presentation.
These four ways are foolproof ways to become a good public speaker in no time!