5 Public Speaking Tips For Your Next Speech
1. To inspire your audience, be inspired yourself first. A drowning man must save himself first before trying to save another drowning person nearby.
Similarly, in public speaking situations, to move your audience with your speech, you must yourself be moved by it during your practice sessions.
It is hardly inspiring to listen to a speaker deliver a speech that does not inspire them fully.
Personally, I never make a speech unless I either believe in the topic strongly or I am truly inspired by my speech content.
There is no point of making a speech when you are not inspired enough to deliver it with confidence and style.
2. Maintain good general health before a major speech. Get adequate rest to minimize fatigue.
Around 9 hours of sleep each night is a must.
You will feel drowsy and tired if you haven't slept well the night before a long speech.
Your eyes will turn red and you will look flustered and fatigued when you haven't slept properly for a while. Your physical fitness and mental alertness are important as well.
You should be in the pink of health and wear a glow upon your face on your big day. You cannot deliver a great speech when you aren't at your physical and mental best.
3. Repeat the core message of your speech a few times during the speech.
Preferably say it loud right at the start, then at the end and at a few other times during your speech.
Be careful with choosing the one message that you will repeat a few times during your speech. It should be a short sentence that covers what you want the audience to remember for a long, long time.
Our attention spans and memory have taken a royal beating over the last decade. It's difficult for an audience to remember much of your speech no matter how well you delivered it. Frankly speaking, most speakers I know don't even remember their own speeches after just a few days.
That's why it's really important to repeat your core message a few times during your speech. It's the only way for your audience to remember it for years to come.
4. Don't write too many things on the blackboard or screen that your audience sees while you are delivering your presentation to them.
The audience can easily get distracted nowadays, they can slip into another world instantly, and you can quickly lose a whole room full of people if you fill up your projector screen or blackboard with too many things while you stand in front of it and speak.
Ideally, just speaking about one thing at a time is the best thing to do. Simply mentioning the topic that you are speaking on is enough. I usually prefer speaking the old fashioned way, without using slides and projectors. It has worked well for me.
5. Often, during beauty pageants, you will notice that the finalist repeat the final question posed to them.
This is done to give them enough time to think of a suitable answer to the question.
It also helps all members of the audience listen to the question just in case they didn't listen to it properly the first time.
In public speaking situations as well, I would suggest to you that you always repeat each question that is asked to you by a member of the audience.
It's important that you give your brain some time, a few more seconds, to come up with the best possible answer to that question and win over the audience with it.
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