People have praised and respected over the centuries those who could speak well in front of a crowd. The audience is oftentimes left in awe at how these leaders express themselves well and eventually convinced them a great deal. Knowing how to speak well before a crowd is the best drawer of attention to a candidate leader.
Facing a crowd can be a serious jittery experience for some but for others, they found it fun and exciting to express themselves. But being a public speaker you ought to prepare your speech. You owe this to your audience.
Preparing yourself for a talk is not that easy. You always have to put your best foot forward. The best way to get your audience attention is to start your speech with conviction and end it with a thought provoking ending hoping to lead to positive action.
Some helpful tips are listed below to guide you in your speech.
- A good speech summary is very important to wrap up your talk and get the message across effectively. Focus on the purpose of your speech: is it to persuade, inform or entertain?
- The body of your speech should be driven to one focal point meaning a message.
- Know the objectives of the event where you are invited to talk. Your speech should be tailored to your kind of audience.
- Be sure that your talk is meaty with facts, if necessary figures, but which you can explain easily during your talk and make it in layman’s terms. Facts should be accurate, objective and should be from credible resources.
- Have nice, catchy titles to draw more attention to your speech.
Acceptable Physical Appearance during Public Speaking
- Gestures, movements, facial and bodily expressions are very important because they reveal so much about you as a speaker and a person on how well-versed you are on the topic.
- Public speakers should exude pleasantness, enthusiasm and confidence.
- Do not read from your notes, instead maintain eye contact with your audience. Remember, you should speak and not read.
- Dress for the occasion.
- Speaking with conviction is very important in public speaking to gain credibility and respect.
- If you are to give a speech, train and prepare yourself to speak slowly, enunciate words clearly, pause and show the right emotions while sharing your topic. Most of all, talk to all members of the audience as a whole.
- Communicate with your audience – speak, listen, respond, adjust and adapt – if they have questions or reactions.
- Add-ons to speeches include: humor, handouts and audio-visual aids.
- Learn when to stop talking.