If the thought of delivering a speech in front of a crowd gives you cold sweats, trembling hands and knots in your stomach…you’re not alone. Getting in front of a crowd consistently ranks as a the top 5 fear many people face.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right approach and the tricks I will reveal below you’ll gain the confidence and calm to present no matter how intimidating your audience may seem.
1. Have One Main Point
When doing a talk we often have too many topics. The key here is to have one main theme and stick to it. Don’t digress.
How can you determine if you’re saying too much? Ask yourself, ” what is the best story I have to tell?”. Start with that story and keep editing it. At every point keep asking yourself, ” Is what I’m saying now a digression or does it support the central theme?”
2. It’s Not About You
The best advice I ever received about public speaking was this isn’t about ME. It’s about the audience.
When speaking publicly your goal should be to give the audience a gift of something that you learned. When you plan your talk that way you become much more relaxed and comfortable, instantly making you a better speaker!
3. Nail Your Opener
The first two minutes of a talk are probably the most important in captivating your audience. This is where you should capitalize on this fact. Expert speakers recommend starting with a personal story, asking an open ended thought provoking question, or sharing a shocking statistic. Audiences will instantly feel more connected to the speaker and that is an automatic win in the public speaking world.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice And Then Practice More
Confidence is gained by practicing. Those charismatic spontaneously funny speakers are actually people who have written and rewritten their talk over and over again. They have rehearsed their speech so much they can’t help but feel comfortable. Keep practicing until you feel certain with your content and delivery. I would recommend giving yourself at least 2 full days to practice.
5. Be Sincere
People can tell someone is acting fake a mile away. No one can be YOU and that’s what sets you apart from the rest. People want you to be yourself. In my opinion being sincere gives you credibility and is easily the most rewarding attribute in any speech.
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