CHAMPION STRATEGIES – PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP – January 19, 2021
How to Get Better at Public Speaking
Writing the Speech
1. Be prepared:
When you are comfortable, you are confident. Write a good speech that makes sense to you and that you are prepared to deliver.
2. Research the topic:
When you have thoroughly researched the topic, you will feel more confident when writing and delivering the speech.
3. Outline or write it out?
When you write out an entire speech, it will be easier to memorize as it can be stored word for word in your memory. The downside is that it could sound robotic and you risk reading it straight from the page. When you write an outline for a speech, it may sound more natural and you can glance at your outline as you. However, it is more difficult to rehearse and some people feel less confident with only an outline in front of them. It all depends on what you prefer.
Overcoming Your Stage Fright
Fear of public speaking is a common one, but it can be overcome. Use these tips to help you overcome the fear:
1. Read your speech out loud:
Even if it’s just to yourself, reading it aloud will help you work out any hiccups and have you feeling confident with your voice.
2. Practice in front of a group:
Don’t just practice in the mirror or with a friend. To get over a fear of speaking in front of a crowd, try to practice in front of a small group first.
3. Should you picture the crowd in underwear?
The answer is, probably not. Even though this is common advice to get you to relax, it can be distracting. The best thing to do is to make eye contact, but if that starts to make you nervous, pretend the crowd is not there and just look straight ahead.
4. Pump yourself up:
Whatever gets you going before a test or a game, the same applies here. Listen to your favorite music on the way, or go for a run in the morning.
5. Use the power of knowledge:
When you know both your speech and your topic inside and out, completely by heart, you will have the confidence to focus on delivery and staying relaxed in front of others.
Things To Remember As You’re Giving The Speech
1. Eye contact:
Know your speech well so that you can maintain eye contact with the audience. This is important to engage them and make yourself more personable.
2. Move your view:
Make sure to move your eye contact around the room. Slightly shift your body or head at times towards a new direction if the crowd is large.
3. Talk, don’t read:
Try to talk to your audience as if you are inviting them into your thoughts. Do not read your speech word for word off the paper.
4. Your voice is a tool:
And people need to hear it! Make sure you are speaking loud enough so that you are heard.
5. Body language:
This is another important tool for public speakers. Try recording yourself so you are aware of your body language and fix any fidgets you find on the recording.
When you are good at it and practice often, the benefits of public speaking are many. Being an excellent public speaker is important for your career, social life, personal development, and for making a change in the world.
Each time you speak, you get better and better. So get out there and make your voice heard!