Some people love an audience; they look for any excuse to speak in public. Whilst for others it is torture. Love it or hate it, here are 11 tips to help you speak to an audience in public with confidence.
1) Keep it simple.
Remember most people have a short attention span.
2) Show your speech/ presentation to someone you trust.
They will let you know if you have gone off-track.
3) Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse.
Rehearse in front of someone you trust. They will tell you if you are going to fast or low. The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel in front of an audience. If possible rehearse in the room where you will be giving your presentation, so that you are familiar with the environment.
4) Start by reminding your audience why you are giving them the presentation.
“Today I will be telling you the benefits of ….”. “Today I am going to be showing you why ……”
Smile. Make eye contact with your audience. Ask hypothetical question which will get your audience thinking. Remember, enthusiasm can be infectious.
6) Project your voice.
Speak to the person at the back of the room. If they can hear you, so will your audience in the front rows.
7) Vary the tone and volume of your voice.
Even the most interesting presentation will sound boring if delivered in monotone.
8) Don’t be afraid to use hand gestures to emphasis key points.
“Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.” Dorothy Sarnoff
9) Use note cards if you find them helpful.
10) Dress appropriately.
Remember everyone eyes will be on you.
11) Be Courteous.
Don’t forget to greet your audience, and thank them for listening to you.
Public speaking is an important skill, so follow these 11 steps and it will make speaking in public a less daunting experience.