1) Speak about what you are passionate about
Speak about the things that create emotion within you or the things that you like and genuinely believe in. There is no point speaking about something you can’t relate to or something that you don’t really care about because that will just make you seem emotionless. If you speak about something you are passionate about, even if you slip up, you can redeem yourself by saying something about that topic based on what you truly think of it.
2) Short is sweet
No one likes to listen to a long speech. Keep your speech sweet and short and never start by saying “I’ll keep this short…” If you keep your speech short, you are conveying all of the points you initially had in mind without deviating. The more you deviate from the topic, the more boring the audience will find you.
3) Tone and language is crucial
Anyone can talk, but what sets you right at the top, is the ability to speak with eloquence and use different but beautiful language. The skill of learning to vary the tone of your voice from situation to situation will keep your audience engaged throughout. Use good vocabulary and suit your tone to the topic you are talking about. If you are talking about something serious, use a tone that is formal and use vocabulary that is exceptionally good. If you are talking to an audience of teenagers or young adults, keep the tone casual and the vocabulary decent because that way, the audience can understand you better.
4) Body language is your judge
When you do your speak, feel free on the stage. Move a little bit and keep yourself relaxed. The audience watches your eye movement and hand movements. Actions like stroking your hair or playing with jewellery or watches while you speak means that you are distracted and the audience will pick up on it. Keep your head free and look at the audience in a ‘Z’ shape. Start from the top left, moving to the top right, down to thebottom left and then the bottom right. This way you cover most of the audience and they feel involved.
5) A prompt is always good
For any major speech or a slightly longer speech, it is alright to have a prompt. Write down a set of key words in bullet points that will trigger your memory and keep you going. Don’t memorise a speech but don’t even come to the speech unprepared and hope you’ll get away with the prompt. Don’t write down your entire speech on the prompt because if you lose track, you’ll end up wasting time searching for the bit you missed out in your speech.
6) Jokes are good – but don’t become a joke
A joke is always good because it eases your nerves and the audience. It is a mechanism to keep yourself relaxed so starting with it immediately conveys to the audience that you are relaxed so they can relax with you. If the audience doesn’t laugh at your jokes, it doesn’t matter, you have to move on! Not everyone has a funny bone in them and you can’t expect a roar of laughter every time. Buy that extra laughter time to run through the next point you are going to say. But a word of caution, don’t overdo the jokes or you will become a joke and the audience won’t take you seriously and will only make you look silly.
7) Don’t get too passionate
If you are making a serious speech about something you believe in, there is a possibility you will get too passionate. Don’t let that happen! Getting really passionate will scare your audience away. The speech will become more focused on you as opposed to the audience (which should be your prime focus). Bear in mind, there will be people who don’t agree with you on any issues that you are talking about.
8) Nerves should be beaten down
Just before you go on to the stage, have a glass of water and take a few deep breaths. The point of this is to increase the oxygen to your brain, allowing you to concentrate better and focus on your speech and the audience. When you go on that stage, you must own it because it is like your place. You must compose yourself because you are being watched and the only way you can get away with it is by being cool, calm and composed. If you feel confident, you can be confident!
9) The audience rule
Most of the times, nerves and the fear of public speaking only crops up when you are scared of the audience. Let that not be the case here. The audience rule dictates that whatever the audience might be, you don’t have to be nervous. If the audience is a bunch of strangers who you have never seen in your life before, even if they dislike you, it doesn’t matter because you will never see them ever again. By keeping your speech interesting and fresh, you will win over any people who aren’t your fans.
10) Practice makes perfect
There is no getting away from the fact that practice will make you a better speaker. Practice in front of a mirror. Speak in front of a trusted member of family or a friend and ask them for feedback. Remember, no one is perfect and you must try if you want to get anywhere near it.
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