You may find the thought of speaking in public to be terrifying. This is not something only you face. Most people don’t enjoy public speaking. However, regardless of your experience level, you can deliver a good speech that people will remember. Read on for tips to help you find success with public speaking.
It is very important that you display enthusiasm when you are speaking publicly. There is no way that you will get others excited about a topic if it seems like you are bored with it. If the topic is one that is a bit more emotionally driven, you have to show them that you care.
Make sure you wear a supportive pair of shoes when you do public speaking. You want your posture to be tall and confident, with open and relaxed shoulders so you portray confidence. If you get tense on stage from feet, knee or low back pain, it will affect your speech greatly.
Find one person in the crowd who looks trustworthy and focus on them. Pretend like the two of you are the only people in the room. A major reason why people are scared of speaking in public is because of the amount of people in the room. If you just focus on one person, you will forget anyone else is there.
Some people prepare their notes for speaking in public by using a tablet or other device; however, this is not necessarily a good idea. Murphy’s law is sure to strike and leave you with a dead battery, a stolen device or some other catastrophe. Be safe and write your remarks on index cards as well as keeping them on your mobile device.
Make sure that the beginning of your speech is a moment to relax. Greet and address your audience. Then pause for three seconds. This gives them a chance to focus on you, while you get a moment to transform your nervous energy into enthusiasm for the material you are about to deliver.
Never tell the audience that you’re sorry for being nervous or any other issue that comes up. Chances are they didn’t even notice in the first place. Even if they do, coming across as lacking in confidence detracts from your position of authority on your speech that you are making.
Dress to impress, even for events that require casual attire. If you feel confident, it’ll show in your speech. Men should consider wearing a necktie when possible, as it does direct audience eyes to the face and head so they focus on your speaking.
Even when nervous, never apologize. Even though you might feel as if the audience thinks you are saying something stupid, chances are they don’t even realize it. If you make mistakes, correct them and move on. You don’t need to apologize for anything.
Public speaking need not be feared. The tips read here should give you a boost of confidence. They will boost your confidence and make you feel capable of giving a great speech. Giving speeches should be something that now excites you.