By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – The sheer thought of having to get up in front of a crowd and speak is absolutely nauseating for some people. Yes, it certainly can be a terrifying and vulnerable experience, but before you start breaking out into a full sweat, public speaking can actually have some major benefits.
For one, while highly overlooked, it’s a great way to expand and endorse your individual or company brand. Presentations are how we, as people, influence and communicate.
It’s no secret that public speaking is an acquired taste for most people. At first bite, it’s usually disagreeable to the untrained person. However, over time, if fortified, anyone can begin to develop a taste for it.
Though all people approach public speaking with different goals in mind, here, the strategic visibility experts at Dian Griesel International offer a few pieces of practical advice and tips for how anyone can learn to love public speaking.
- Let go of your fears.
When you speak publicly, the only thing that should be on your mind is the speech. But as we all remember from our college days of delivering presentations, you’re nervously fixated with the repetitive thought “don’t screw up, don’t screw up” that it’s almost impossible to think of anything else. Don’t let the fear haunt you. This may seem like common sense, but BE RELAXED, or at least appear as if you are. Poise makes your demeanor appear more confident to the viewer. Someone anxiously rambling or rummaging through his or her notes doesn’t send a good impression, and subsequently makes the audience uncomfortable. All these random thoughts and fears get in the way of you being natural on stage.
- Present yourself as an expert.
If you’re highly knowledgeable, show it. No one is going to know your skill level and proficiency unless you tell them. By speaking openly on subjects within your area of expertise, you can situation yourself as an expert within your industry.
- Be yourself.
This may sound like a contradiction of the first pointer, but nothing is more true. If you let go of your ego and just let your true personality shine though, this will awe the audience. Words depend on the manner in which they are spoken and less about the context of what they mean. Add humor and pizzazz if applicable. The audience wants to see you, not a robot, pointing at charts and speaking in a monotone voice.
- Have a conversation with your audience.
Be interactive. Create a sense of give-and-take communication with the audience. Never let the audience feel as though you don’t want to be there. You will want your listeners to know that you are speaking with experience and from the heart. Engage with the audience in a significant way.
- Wear your heart on your sleeve.
Being passionate isn’t the correct approach in some instances, but being passionate in public speaking is just what the doctor ordered. Speak with emotion, confidence and conviction. There is no audience that wants to see a speaker present something that they don’t have attachment towards. Whether your nervous or not, passion for the subject will always positively shine through to your viewers above all else.
- Practice makes perfect.
Practice, Practice, Practice! It’s so important that I had to say it more than once. Rehearse your speech and its delivery as many times as you need to. Whether it is alone, in front of a mirror or with friends and family, repetition will help you become comfortable. Measure your performance by capturing your speech on video, or ask for advice from an expert. Familiarize yourself with the material and how you want to present it for the most impact on the audience. Find ways to improve your technique. Practice and preparation will be your best friend, especially if you are one of those people mentioned earlier breaking into a cold sweat.
Bonus Tips: Use props, diagrams, PowerPoint presentations, anything necessary to achieve the best possible formula for success. Speak loudly, slowly and pronounce words clearly.
So, wipe off that brow and relax. Public speaking isn’t that bad after all.