When Speaking – Just Be Yourself!

Although there is no right way to give a speech, you need to be a good communicator and the trick to that is to be yourself. Although this seems like it would be common knowledge some speakers still don’t put it into practice.

A lot public speakers that are normally lively, interesting and engaging individuals suddenly turn into totally different people once they get in front of the audience because that is what they think they are supposed to do. The audience does not want to hear a robot talking; they want to hear you.

“Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken” – Oscar Wilde

So don’t try to impress people by using big words or trying to mimic someone else. When you are not being yourself, people can tell. Plus you won’t really be speaking from the heart, and you will come across as insincere to your audience.

Maintain Good Body Language

A lot of your impact as a speaker will depend on your body language. You need to be aware of the nonverbal messages that you are conveying. Expressing your emotions with strong, positive body language is essential to help build credibility and connect with your listeners. In addition remember to maintain good eye contact with your audience.

In his video, “Eye ContactConfidence Trick and Biggest Mistake,” Jimmy Naraine shares his secret for building rapport.

Know Your Audience

Knowing your audience is very important to making a connection with them. You need to understand why your topic is important to the audience you are speaking to. Think about who will be in your audience and what they are expecting to learn from your presentation.

Think about the level of knowledge your audience has about your topic, so you know how to structure your speech to keep them engaged and interested. For example, if you are speaking to professionals in the field, adjust your level of information to a highly knowledgeable group. Conversely, tone it down for a novice audience.

Be Vulnerable

If your listeners don’t see that you are human just like them, you will create an artificial divide between you are your audience. People like to see that you can be insecure, scared and vulnerable. This puts you at their level, and they will relate to you better, making them more open to what you have to say.

Also, lighten up and use humor as part of your presentation. This will relax you and your audience will let their guard down creating a free-flow quality that will energize the room. Use your humor naturally, working in anecdotes from personal experience is always a good way to achieve interaction. Although a certain amount of humor is good, use caution when telling jokes. Make sure your joke will not be offensive to anyone and practice your joke on some friends first to see what of what kind of response you might receive.

When are you preparing for your next speech, relax and keep in mind that you are human like everyone else and that you are unique and have something to offer your audience that only you can deliver.

Summing Up

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Mind Mapping: Picture Your Speech

Mind mapping is an effective and powerful tool to remember your speeches. It is the easiest way to put and keep information in your brain, it literally maps out your thoughts.

Using this technique is also more interesting and fun than just memorizing a script or note-cards.

To start, write down your topic or central idea in the middle of your page. From your center, you start adding branches, using one word or image at a time. With each new word or picture, your brain will start making connections. Each fact or idea is written down and linked by curves, thus creating a map of relationships. The more images you have the better; as images have a much greater impact than words. Also, adding color to your map adds excitement, energy and interest.

“The mind map will change your life” – Tony Buzan

Why it Works

The purpose of this technique is to facilitate ideas and concepts and to capture and ingrain these ideas in our brains. Our brains like to work in a way that deals with connections and associations and can connect memories or information to literally thousands of other ideas. Also, our brains perform in a circular fashion.

Even though most people still use lists to organize thoughts and ideas, it is far more effective to use a mind map as it will access all parts of your brain and will get out all applicable information. The trick is to not over complicate things, the simpler you make things the easier it will be to let your thoughts connect and the more you will remember.

One key thing to keep in mind is to only write down one word or image at each branch. If you do more than that, you will complicate things and disrupt the connective flow. When you are creating your map, you are drawing connections between information, highlighting important pieces which gives you the opportunity to remember vast quantities of information. The fact that you physically created your map helps you visualize it when you are giving your speech.

In the video, How to Use a Mind Map, Tony Buzan explains how to effectively use this technique.

Visualize Your Ideas

Mind mapping is essential for tapping into your ideas on a much deeper level than just writing down bullet points or lists. You will be able to prioritize key pieces of information which you find the most relevant. Allowing yourself to visualize your ideas will greatly support the flow of your speech.

I encourage you to utilize the mind map method in your next speech to unleash your brains potential in creativity and memory.

In Closing

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Speaking To Teach Your Audience

In a demonstration or how-to speech, the presenter explains how to do something or how something works. This is a very popular type of speech and can be redundant if not carefully thought out and crafted well. In your demonstration, you are going to want to teach the audience something.

Your audience is craving knowledge and they want to learn something new. To keep your listeners engaged and interested in what you are teaching, there some important guidelines to keep in mind when speaking to teach.

A speaker should approach his preparation not by what he wants to say, but by what he wants to learn.” -Todd Stocker

Choosing Your Topic:

When choosing your topic, think about who your audience is going to be and what you want to teach them. Not only should the topic be compelling to your audience but should be something that is interesting to you as well. You need to tell your audience why the information that you are about to tell them is important and how it will relate to their lives.

The more passionate you are about your topic, the more convincing and inspiring you will be. Also, you need to come up with new, unexpected or unfamiliar material to keep your listeners intrigued.

When people are presented with new information, they are immediately drawn in and are more likely to remember what your presentation was about.  If you can’t come up with a new topic, you need to figure out a way to put a “spin” on it to make it new and refreshing.

In his video, How to Choose a Presentation Topics that Rock, Carl Kwan explains the importance of finding a good topic.

Motivate Your Audience:

Start with telling your audience how they will benefit from the instruction you are about to share with them. Once your audience knows how this will improve their life, they will want to listen. There are many ways to motivate your audience but giving them something they can use in their everyday life is one of the best ways.

Give an Overview:

Present an overview of the development or steps before diving right into the entire process. Your audience needs to see how the steps will fit together so they have a mental framework of the task. Also, with your overview you should list supplies or resources needed for the project.

Go Through the Steps:

Use your outline that you have prepared and go through the steps in order from start to finish. Make sure that you keep it simple and demonstrate essential steps only. This will avoid confusion and keep the attention of your audience. Finally, end with a summary of the process, recap the benefits and allow for a short Q & A session.

When giving a demonstration to an audience, remember they are there to learn something from you.  People are wired to want to learn new information, in fact, they crave it. I encourage you to speak to teach and give your listeners a new and fresh experience that will be of value to them in their everyday lives.

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