Developing The Skill Of Public Speaking


A man speaking in public, huge crowd



"Glossophobia" or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking, this fear is very common among people today. The thought of having to stand in front of a huge crowd can be nerve-wracking. Stage fright is a reality, whether you have to deliver a speech in public, participate in a group discussion, or give a presentation. There are not many people who have the gift. While some are born with it, others have to work to develop it. Because of our flaws as humans it is impossible to be perfect at public speaking, so we should try to acknowledge our mistakes. It is important to develop the skill of public speaking, because we don't know where we might find ourselves at any time in the future. Butterflies in the stomach. Near nervous breakdown. The fear of failure. The fear of being laughed at. All these thoughts and feelings are what contribute to the dampening of our confidence.
  However, through constant practice and learning, one can eventually learn to deliver an effective public speech, no matter your speaking capacity. I am going to run you through 8 tips that can help you develop that skill of public speaking you've always wanted.

DEVELOPING THE SKILL OF PUBLIC SPEAKING. 


1. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE:

  Knowing your audience does not mean knowing each person individually, rather it involves knowing the kind of people you are to address. Will you be presenting your speech to a novice audience or a group of highly experienced people? Will you be speaking to a local group or foreign guests? Prepare your content accordingly so that the audience remains engaged and take cognizance of cultural and geographical biases. Use topics that interests them and language that's easily understood, when trying to be funny, use jokes that are not provoking or insulting. Knowing and understanding your audience can be a great start.

2. SELF-CONFIDENCE BOOSTS:

  You won't be able to stand in front of a huge crowd without a little self-confidence. You have believe in yourself and trust that all your practice will pay off, you can also boost your self-confidence by taking deep breaths. Learning proper breathing techniques is a must to improve your public speaking skills, with the diaphragmatic breathing exercise being the most recommended by experts. Also, just before your speech, you should take deep breathes because they act as a great stress alleviator. Some words of encouragement to yourself can also go a long way, words like "I can do this," "it will be over soon," or "it's not that difficult."

3. PRACTICE:

   The only way to avoid making mistakes while speaking is to practice Oren. Most of the great speakers in the world today are what they are because of the work and effort they put in developing themselves, so you are not any different, work is required on your part. If you are to give a speech prepare ahead of time and practice regularly, you can try practicing with a lesser crowd and with time you'll be able to stand in front of a larger one.

4. VOLUME:

  Volume is very important when addressing your audience, remember, you are not only speaking to yourself or to the people sitting in the first few rows. Speaking with sufficient loudness or intensity of voice. In determining what is suitable, consider (1) the size and make up of your audience (2) distracting noise, (3) the topic you're discussing, and (4) your objective. Being audible is important because it help keep the attention of your audience.

5. GESTURES AND VISUAL CONTACT:

   Your speech will be boring if you just stand like a stick and keep your head down. You have to do more than just speak, you have express your feelings by using movement the hands, the shoulders, or the entire body to express ideas, sentiment, or attitudes. To maintain visual contact you have to look at those to whom you are speaking, allowing your eyes to meet for a few seconds. Eye contact is viewed as an indication of interest and shows evidence of conviction.

6. DRAW AND KEEP ATTENTION:

  In order to draw and keep the attention of you audience, your speech have to be interesting, you can use illustrations with things common in that area, you can also use stories to give examples or convey a message. Jokes can be very helpful too, because everyone loves a good laugh, when your audience are happy the environment will be livly and there will be less chance of people dozing off.

7. DRESS THE PART:

  When you dress up well, you have one less thing to worry about. You'll be more focused on your audience rather than on your self. Dressing properly also help to boost your self-confidence and the way people see you. You should know the dress code that is suitable for each occasion, don't overdress, look simple and coprate. Your audience will be more inclined to listen to a well dressed lady or gentleman.

8. ACCEPT YOUR IMPERFECTIONS:

  As stated in the onset, we are all imperfect and have our flaws, so you should acknowledge your mistakes. You should that you might not always get it right, it's still ok. Don't berate yourself, rather encourage yourself and keep trying.

Developing The Skill Of Public Speaking Developing The Skill Of Public Speaking Reviewed by Stephen Nwokolo on January 13, 2019 Rating: 5

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