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Public speaking & presentation tips. How to become a good speaker.

BY: Swati | Category: Self Improvement | Post Date: 2009-06-26
 



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Public speaking is not a God's gift that some people are born with, it is an art one develops gradually and gets better and better over time. It is all about one's passion and an extreme determination to become a good pubic speaker. Preparedness, concentration and experience are the three buzz words of Public Speaking. Almost all famous public and motivational speakers were nervous when they hit stage first time in their life, but they acquired the art of good public speaking gradually.

Following are 10 useful tips for giving an excellent presentation and becoming a good public speaker.

1. Prepare your content very well:
This is truly the number on rule. You should be absolutely confident about what you are about to speak. Read repeatedly and understand thoroughly on whatever you are about to speak. Believe in your speech first before you want others to follow it. If the content of your speech is your strength most of your nervousness about facing the big crowd will automatically dive down.

2. Practice:
Rehearse and revise your speech out-loud. If you are going to use a mic, then do have a dummy mic with you. There is no reason to speak all of it in one go; pause, break, breathe and speak clearly. If you hit the stage with an intention of finishing your speech quickly and getting over with it, there is no way you can do a good job. See the president Barack Obama, he is one of the greatest public speaker of our times. His never in a hurry to finish his speech, instead he concentrates to a deliver speech with maximum impact. As far as possible do not read from notes , but if you think that you may forget the speech or miss out important points then in my opinion it is totally acceptable to carry a small paper containing bullet points of things you are about to speak. Visualize yourself giving your speech.

3. Body language:
Do not be over stiff while delivering your speech. Body language plays a huge role on how effectively you can deliver content to others. Little hand movement and facial expressions can induce real life in your speech. Look around and be comfortable. Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. Vary the tone of your voice and dramatize if necessary.

4. Be yourself:
Never try to copy style of others, it can only divert your mind away from your main speech. Although it is fine to take minor inspirations from other speakers, but always be yourself. What suits others may not suit you. There are no fixed rules in public speaking. Introducing a bit of subject related humour is the strongest part of public speaking, it helps to keep audience entertained and interested in you.

5. Audition in front of your friends:
If this is your first or second speech, it is a good idea to call a friend who is quite honest (neither a nagging nor a yes-yes friend). Take only those suggestions which you are comfortable with. Remain calm, appear relaxed, do not mumble. Speak loudly, confidently and clearly.

6. Know the audience:
If you arrive before your audience then greet some of them, it helps to create a friendly bond and an easy going environment. If you arrive after the audience have arrived, take a chance to give a short introduction about yourself. Do not use heavy-weight terms which your audience may find difficult to even understand.

7. Don't apologize:
If you did a very minor error or are just feeling nervous, just keep moving along. There is a good chance the audience never noticed it. If you made an obvious error then correct it, and continue.

8. Equipment check:
When using audio-visual equipment to enhance your presentation, make sure that everything is set up and in a good working order.

9. Do not try to reply a question which you are not sure. You can always tell "I believe I know the answer but let me confirm. Let me get back to you later (after the speech)." This will send a positive message to your audience that you are not there to just throw any crap at them.

10. Dress appropriately:
Never underdress, wearing slightly more formal than others is recommended.

Say some closing sentences and finally thank your audience and sit down.

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