How to become a good Public Speaker?

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How to become a good Public Speaker?

Public speaking is not everyone’s domain. Some people fear it a lot. If you are also one of them, join the gang. Apart from spiders and death, public speaking is something people fear from a lot. However, being able to speak publically is an effective exercise to explore your power of creativity and manipulative side. Speaking at greater events also enhances your status as an expert on the topic. Despite the fact that it is something that people fear, public speaking is no rocket science; it is an art. It can be developed with time and efforts. The good news is that with appropriate practices you can achieve a great hold over public speaking.

To become an effective presenter, one needs to grow the leadership quality of public speaking. In fact, this particular quality can be a downright career defining. Even if you want to take up a career other than a speaker or leader, you will need public speaking qualities in order to grow as a person. Being able to present yourself in a certain manner can define your personality. You have the ability to show the person what you want; you can make them perceive the things you want them to grasp if you have the hold on speaking. Therefore, instead of just leaving the success of speaking to luck, take some notes with these few tips that we are going to talk about:

#1. Purpose Should Be Clear

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Begin with framing your message in your mind. Once you get a clear idea of what your purpose is, the work on presentation will be easier. Have all these questions in your mind before starting to pen down the presentation. What is the purpose of this speaking? What is that you and the people involved in this are trying to accomplish? What will the impact of the presentation on the audience post speak? What are the things you want to inform? What are you trying to do? Persuade or inspire? Keeping all these purposes in mind will simplify the process and will make things easier to pen down thoughts. In fact, it sets the structure of the presentation as well, even before you start writing something. So in order to make the whole thing a lot simpler make sure you start right. Knowing your final purpose and the desired outcome you are willing to have will help you to stay motivated and focused throughout the process of preparation.

#2. Memorize The Concepts

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You will have to memorize the concept, but there is no need to memorize the whole content. You may feel that the best way to get the hold of the presentation is to memorize the whole speech word by word. But even when you try that, you will face a lot of problems. Speakers get themselves into very critical situations when they try to retain the whole speech on their tips. It will anyway won’t sound natural and will look over rehearsed. Also, there are times when the mind goes black and you almost forget everything. This will lead to losing your place and will potentially create the awkward silence that you always feared from. If it gets worse than that, you might start to panic in between your presentation. So retain the concepts, not the whole content.

#3. Simplify The Content and Message

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If you will try to impart a lot of information and knowledge in one time onto your audience, they will get bored and monotony will take over the interest. Of course, the natural inclination is towards providing the most information at one time, but resist it! You are where you stand because of the reputation you have maintained. Overwhelm your listeners by providing them information at the right time. Focus on conveying one thing at a time and provide your powerful ideas that they will remember for the long run. Do not think of yourself less than Master Distiller of information. You need to boil down the information, mold it the way you want to convey and then go from there. The realm is yours; you do not need to go in a faster phase. Take your good time and play with words and ideas as much as you can.

#4. Avoid The Jeopardy Of Powerpoint

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Some presentations are called “the death by Powerpoint.” They are termed that way for a reason. If you are the speaker, you should be having the whole attention of the audience. Of course, collect and display the ideas in a presentation with the help of powerpoint. But do not rely on it completely. As far the tables and statistics are concerned, the power point can be used there efficiently. However, those charts crammed with tons of pointers are dreaded by the views everywhere. So lose them now! Your main job is to hold the attention of the audience. The focus should be on you not on the screen. In order to keep that right, have the concepts on your mind rather than on chart or power point. Even if you are using powerpoint slides, then be certain that you create the slides as interesting and impactful as possible. The slides should be graphically appealing, simple and compelling. Also, avoiding slides and powerpoint has the risk of involving technology in your presentation. If something goes wrong with the power and there is no back light, then you might face a big trouble. Therefore, by eliminating or reducing slides, you minimize the risk of getting stuck in between.

#5. Enhance Your Audios and Visuals

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This is a fundamental fact, that you do not have to read directly from the slides. Even if you did not know this, it is an important point to consider. If you wish to use the slides in a presentation, make sure you do it unexpectedly. Insert some videos and funny pictures but those should be relevant. Inserting humorous pictures also keeps the interest of the audience intact. If something engaging comes up, they will stick to the presentation and will be connected with it automatically again if they lost the link in between. The presentation ought to be interesting and engaging because everyone gets bored with a monotonous presentation. The tactics of inserting appealing visual effects will take your presentation to another level. At last, do evaluate your slides that they are professionally created.

#6. Connect With The Audience

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One of the very common mistake that many speakers do is they lose the connection with the audience. In the attempt to prove themselves as smarter people usually keep the presentation to themselves. Involving and engaging with your audience is the key to a successful speaker. Remember that you are in the front of the podium for a reason. When you are standing in front of the audience, of course, you are an expert; they are not. That is the reason you are standing there. But by being to yourself and trying to show you are smarter, you create a whole lot of difference between the audience and you. By trying and impressing your visitors by showing your intellect, the audience will not feel free to engage with you. Your job is to fill the gap by creating a bridge between the audience and you. But by being humorous, self-effacing and real, you will become more approachable and people will try to connect more with you. This way your personality will not come across as arrogant. Therefore, people will pay attention to your speech and the presentation will end up becoming more impactful.

#7. Personalize The Content

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Personalising the content makes the presentation more engaging and unique. The storytelling technique can be used where relevant and it will ease the audience and the message you want to convey through the presentation which is visually attractive and appealing. Also, personalizing the presentation will humanize you as a speaker. It is potentially the most powerful tool as a speaker than you can use in terms of making the speech more binding. Humans naturally remember stories more easily than facts. Therefore connecting your personal experience to the facts you want to convey makes it an easy process for the audience to grasp and connect. The audience will be likely to enjoy the presentation more this way. Another benefit of adding personal stories and experience makes it easier for you also to remember and frame efficiently.

#8. Practice Is The Key

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No matter how much time you invest in making the content of your speech, it is all wasted if you do not practice your speech more than once. If you are giving an important presentation, don’t leave anything to luck. Have a clear map in your head that what are you going to say and how are you going to present certain points. Frame everything in place and practice it enough to make it look real and not memorized. It will avoid nervousness, and you will not feel ‘not quite ready.' In order to boost your confidence, practice the whole speech before delivering.

We hope these tips will improve your self-confidence and will motivate you to become an impactful speaker. To share your experiences, do comment below.  

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To become a good speaker, the most important thing that you must do is try to stand in front of the mirror and speak your heart out. It is not easy in the beginning but with practice you start to build confidence in yourself. You can also try to speak out aloud when you are reading something. Try to know your audience and engage with them. The key to any good and motivational speaker is to stop thinking negative and be a positive thinker.

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