Devoloping the skill of public speaking

Devoloping the skill of public speaking

Devoloping the skill of public speakingIt is often seen that most people get nervous while they have to speak in public or required to give presentations work. Regardless of your profession, ability to communicate effectively is crucial for your personal and professional success. There are two parts of communication:

  1. The message i.e. what you say.
  2. The presentation i.e. how you say it.

It is not necessary that the presentation you use to get your message across have to be verbal. Along with your verbal communication, what you wear, your body language, your expressions, and your tone of voice etc also plays important role as the words you say.

Preparation is also important for effective communication. Some people like details whereas few just want the highlights and headlines. Research, what you are saying and whom you are saying it to. Taking the time to understand your audience’s mindset can completely change how you present your message.

No one wants to listen to a nervous speaker. Don’t be so concerned with what the audience thought about you, if u caught up in self-absorbed criticism of yourself, will only result in terrible presentations. People want you to ‘wow’ them with a great presentation, they want the information you have; so give them exactly what they want.

Always involve your audience with you. Allow them to ask you questions, ask them about themselves. Listen carefully and repeat parts of what they said back to them to prove you are paying attention. It will create a friendlier atmosphere.

Whatever you say, say it confidently. When conveying any message, you should look like an expert on the subject. Portraying the confidence of an expert will reassure your listeners you have full knowledge of what you are talking about and you are worth listening to.

Eliminate your bad habits and distracting mannerisms when you communicate, like lack of eye contact, fidget or shake, stutter or ‘umm’ etc. Don’t lie to your audience. If you don’t know something, never hesitate to admit it. It’s always better to admit you don’t know, than lie to your audience.

You should have a clearly summarized objective of what you want to communicate. Then only you will be able to expand your speech by adding different examples and facts related to the subject to reinforce your main point.

Finally your voice also plays an important role in making you a successful public speaker. Working on these few principles can definitely help a person in lessening the nervousness and making him/her a good communicator.