5 Powerful Public Speaking Techniques

NOTE: This is the post that started it all. It was first posted on my “The Secrets of Public Speaking” blog, which has not been folded into this blog.

Imagine if public speakers were super-heroes. What would their powers be? If I were to describe the powers of Public Speaking Woman or Orator Man, this is how I would do it:

The Power of Eye Contact

Sincerity is a great element in public speaking. No other part of the body can show it better than the eyes. When Public Speaking Woman speaks in front of people, she looks at them, and makes eye contact with several people in the room. This way she helps establish rapport with her audience and shows them that she is honest about what she is sharing with them.

The Power of Visual Aids

Not all people are willing to listen that long. So, in order to retain their attention, Orator Man uses powerful visual aids. He shares charts, graphs and illustrations that help him communicate his points. His visual aids are clear and uncluttered, and they always support what he is saying.

The Power of Handouts

Public Speaking Woman wants her audience to remember what she has talked about. So, she provides handouts for her audience. Sometimes the handouts are copies of her visual aids that she hands out at the beginning to help the audience take notes. At other times, the handouts are supporting articles or other material that go into greater detail on the topic. Either way, these handouts always support what she has to say and help the audience review her key points later.

The Power of Confidence

No matter how detailed his prepared speech is, Orator Man always has the courage and confidence to deliver it in front of an audience. He stands tall. His voice is clear and strong. The passion he feels for his topic is apparent.

The Power of References

Public Speaking Woman bolsters her facts with dependable resources. When necessary, she cites statistics, quotes experts and references published work. This shows that she knows what she is talking about and that she is not alone in her conclusions.

Now, imagine you have these powers when you step up to the podium. You would be unstoppable!

About Carma

Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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