It’s been a while, hope you all are doing good? School resumes tomorrow and it is going to be an excellent semester. I decided to share my 7 tips for public speaking to help those of you who are not able to speak in public, to encourage you and inform you that you can get better.
I also made a video on public speaking, I advice you watch it and learn from some of my life experiences I shared.
When you need to talk to an audience, the first tip I recommend is visualize. Think about what you want to achieve at the end of the talk; answering questions, giving advice, people looking up to you and wanting to listen to you again. Visualizing what you want to achieve, will encourage you to work toward achieving it.
2. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Identify the type of people you are talking to and direct your talk in the way that affects their lives. For instance, you are to talk to farmers about how to be successful. You cannot tell them to read their books or study hard and pass their exams. Although this is needed to be successful, but not to farmers.
3. YOUR MESSAGE/CONTENT
Do your research and have adequate knowledge to give your talk. Nobody wants to be asked a question and cannot answer because they don’t know the answer. It is very embarrassing.
Your message should be brief and direct. Deliver a clear message to your audience.
Do not recite. Understand your topic and let it flow while you are talking. Have an outline and use bullet points to show your important points and key words to help your remember.
Use humour and life experiences to keep it lively and to enable people understand how your speech can apply to their lives.
Practice your speech. I don’t advice to practice in front of a mirror because you can get distracted by how beautiful or handsome you are or that might be when you notice you have a pointed nose. I advice you practice in front of camera and watch it so you can notice your flaws and correct them. You can also practice in small gatherings or with friends who are willing to help you and who give you constructive criticism. Any opportunity you have to talk in front of people, use it. Public speaking is a skill, you get better by practising.
5. DRESS WELL
Dress well and give a very good first impression. Some people judge you by your looks so dress irresistibly and also maintain a good posture while you speak in order not to look dumb.
6. EASE YOUR NERVOUSNESS
Know what makes you calm and do it. It might be hand gestures or pauses in your speech to take a deep breath. Just stay relaxed. Everybody gets nervous but the ability to control it when speaking is what makes them different.
7. BE YOURSELF
You can’t be anybody else. If you follow the tips I have listed above, it is enough to make a good speech. You are capable, you just have to let it flow and do it your way. You cannot dance into the stage because you saw someone else do it and was applauded when you cannot dance well.
PRACTICE UNTIL YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO BE IGNORED!
Thanks for reading!