How To Get Ready For Your Public Speaking Engagement!
A public speaking engagement can be an enormously satisfying experience. After all, it gives you the opportunity to speak passionately on a subject that presumably means a great deal to you. Such engagements can be sought on your own time. They can also be offered or given to you by someone else. Regardless of why you have an engagement coming up, it stands to reason that you want to do the best job possible. You want to leave your audience engaged, informed, and perhaps as enthusiastic as you yourself are.
Unfortunately, many people are absolutely terrified of public speaking. Even if they want to try it, they approach the idea with extreme anxiety. If you consider yourself to be that kind of person, relax. We have lined up some tips that can easily be applied to any public speaking engagement you may have.
Essential Public Speaking Tips
Ready for your public speaking engagement at your school? Your place of business? An upcoming industry-specific convention? No matter where you are, these tips can make sure you do just fine:
• Practice! If you can, practice your speech in the weeks leading up to the event. You can even record yourself, studying your speech and body language later on.
• Practice! But with an audience! Eventually, you should think about practicing your speech in front of a test audience. Even if you only have a couple of people who can help to that end.
• Accept your nervousness: A little nervousness is perfectly acceptable. It will fade with practice.
• Hook them early: You don’t want to rush, but you also don’t want to waste everyone’s time. Simply look for an opportunity early into your speech to deliver your main idea. This is the hook that should keep them compelled.
• Remember who the speech is about: Even if the speech involves personal anecdotes, your presentation is still ultimately not about you, but rather, your audience.
• Good body language and movement: You want to stand straight and tall when speaking. You also want to use your hands sparingly, and not in a fidgeting sense. It also helps to keep up a pace of steady movement. Don’t let yourself get stuck in just one place.
• Present a question or story: If you’re still looking for a good way to start your speech, look to using questions and/or stories. The stories can present a personal relevance to the audience, each in their own way. Posing a question can give them something to think about, while also showing them what you plan to talk about.
• Use your personality: No matter where you are, your personality should be the foundation of how the speech is going to be delivered.
• Sum things up, and then present the summation in a dynamic fashion: What is the one-sentence description you would use to describe your speech?
Remember to get a good night’s sleep, as well! Staying hydrated is also a good idea. Finally, don’t forget to not only solicit feedback afterwards, but to also respond to it during your speech. Pay attention to your audience, and build your energy around how they seem to be responding.