After two years of serving as CEO of a online video technology company I founded I’ve once again started working very closely with public speakers to help them earn more passive income from their work. What I’m essentially doing is taking their public speaking skill and building on it with advanced marketing knowledge, training and implementation. Most public speaking skills, such as that taught by Toastmasters, focuses on the fundamentals of good speaking.
You don’t have to necessarily memorize your speech word for word, but it does help if you have outlined your speech and remember the main points. It is SO BORING to watch someone read off of a sheet of paper or even note cards. Not only is it distracting, but it is also difficult for the speaker to, as actors say, “get off the page”. This means that they have a mechanical sound, as if they are reading, instead of a natural flow of words. Know your topic inside and out so that you can speak on it easily and with confidence, but just commit the main points to memory and fill in the rest on your own.
Make all movements purposeful : Moving just to move or out of nervousness is annoying for the audience. There is no need to move all the time. Try standing planted from time to time.
The Q & A period and how to handle a hostile audience. The second most frequent comment I hear in my public speaking seminars is “What if they ask a question and I don’t know the answer?” Or, “What if someone in the audience is a know-it-all and doesn’t like me?” Avoid being argumentative. If you don’t know the answer, ask if someone in the audience has the answer. Or, let them know when you will get back to them. And make certain you do. When you lie you die. It destroys your credibility.
There are a lot of parallels with the fear of public speaking and shyness in social situations. Over the past 20 years I have been honing my presentation training by studying public speaking as a member of Toastmasters. Both within my club with fellow members and out in the public I regularly challenge myself by delivering presentations and speeches.
Eight: Use movement. It is OK to move around with purpose. Use eye contact, gestures, and passion in your presentation. This will make you more effective as a speaker.
What about the jurors? What do you want them to perceive, imagine, and feel? It’s natural to be focused on yourself, but when it comes to giving your opening statement, you can ill-afford such a selfish approach. Switching your focus from yourself to the jury also allows you to relax and block out any external distractions.
Remove all the hesitations, all your insecurities and just do what you have to do. You have to do them anyways so do them with style and make yourself proud. There are actually many articles on how to become great public speakers. These tips are really helpful as it mostly came from a group of professional speakers who want to help you conquer that fear.