Would you read this if it didn’t draw you in? Then don’t expect your audience to listen to you if your talk doesn’t do the same. When you open your speech with a bang, you get the attention of the audience. This is a very important stage in your speech. […]
Monthly Archives: November 2010
Every time I stand up to give a speech, my stomach does flip flops because, for some reason, my body thinks that standing up in front of an audience to speak is just like facing a great danger to my person. My body prepares for fight or flight. I’m sure […]
Are you a natural-born good speaker?
Unless you just took to the stage like a fish to water, you are more likely to be among the majority of the population that takes to public speaking more like a newborn calf — wobbly at first, but gaining ability through experience.
You don’t need to be born with the gift of eloquence in order to be good at public speaking. Like a lot of skills, public speaking can be learned. And, luckily enough, there are plenty of training opportunities available to you. Here are just a few:
Public speaking skills can take you far. The benefits of being a good public speaker do not only stop at name recognition. You can take control of your time, build a business around your core expertise, travel as much or as little as you like and more. Having a public […]
Your body movement during your presentation has the ability to strengthen the impact of your message … or it can be a serious distraction.
One of your goals as a speaker is to look so natural with your movements and with what you say that no one even notices that you are using intonation and inflection or body movement as a means of emphasizing the points of your speech.
So, what kinds of mannerisms are distracting?
One of the most common reasons people fear public speaking is that they blank out and forget their entire speech. I remember when I was competing on the speech team in high school, I did a speech on memory. In the middle of the speech during the competition, I blanked out and ended up saying something stupid like, “And it does this [blanked out, paused] for many reasons.”
Sometimes it feels like you can practice and practice and practice and when the moment comes that you need to remember your presentation, everything goes blank!
However, there are ways that you can fool proof your message so that the parts you actually have to memorize are minimal. You do this by incorporating triggers into your presentation. These triggers can be things like power point slides, props, and stories that you scatter throughout your speech.
What the triggers do is prompt you to talk about the next point in your presentation. The triggers also serve as a spring board for helping you remember what to say next. There are four primary ways to remember your presentation.
The real success of every presentation is leaving your audience with something of value. What do they get out of spending time listening to your presentation?
Many people believe that they need natural brilliance in speaking and presenting well. They believe that they need to be polished, smart, witty and charming all before they actually start to build a speech. Those attributes can come naturally, but most often, they come as a result of passion, knowledge and practice.
One of the most important factors in a successful presentation is serving the needs of your audience.
Going back to the idea that you need to leave your audience with something of value, caring for your audience’s needs doesn’t require perfection.
You can make mistakes during your speech and it’s going to be okay.