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 Contact – Confidence 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.
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.
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