the more you practice speaking in public

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Public speaking is a valuable skill that can help you communicate your ideas, persuade your audience, and boost your confidence. Whether you are giving a presentation, a lecture, or a speech, you want to tướng deliver your message effectively and engage your listeners. Here are some best practices for public speaking that can help you achieve your goals.

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Know your purpose

Before you start preparing your nội dung, you need to tướng know why you are speaking and what you want to tướng achieve. What is the main point or message you want to tướng convey? What action or change vì thế you want to tướng inspire in your audience? How vì thế you want them to tướng feel or think after listening to tướng you? Having a clear purpose will help you craft your nội dung, structure your speech, and choose your tone and style.

  • Podcaster | Writer | tác giả of "Good Listen" | NYC ✈️ Charleston

    They tell young writers 'Write what you know.' Same with speaking. If you're not passionate about a certain topic, the audience can feel that. Find what you love to tướng talk about and find your purpose as you navigate your speech.

  • How can you be sure you truly understand the purpose of your speech? One practical exercise that has greatly helped mạ over the last 25 years is this: try to tướng formulate your message into a single sentence. This sentence is exclusively for you, serving as the core of your speech. It sida in clarifying the most important point you aim to tướng convey. For instance, that sentence could be as follows: - Consider partnering with us because we're the top choice in the market. - Purchase my book, and you'll discover true happiness. - Have confidence in yourself; you're an exceptional individual. Etc. This exercise sharpens your focus and ensures your message remains on point.

Know your audience

Another important factor to tướng consider is who you are speaking to tướng. What are their interests, needs, expectations, and background knowledge? How can you relate to tướng them and make them care about your topic? How can you adapt your language, examples, and visuals to tướng suit their level of understanding and attention span? Knowing your audience will help you tailor your nội dung, connect with your listeners, and avoid confusion or boredom.

  • Relentlessly Curious Business Generalist & Passionate Strategist | People-centric Leader & Follower | Turnaround Veteran | MBA Candidate | Currently on a growth mission @Bravida

    Feedback that I got from one of my employees when I speak in front of her staff is that I should slightly simplify my language because sometimes it sounds a bit too 'executive'. Pretty understandable, since it's the language style I most often need to tướng use and although I understand the differences between audiences it seems that there is still some work to tướng be done.

  • Quality Systems Specialist - Emerging Africa (GDQ - Global Deliver Quality) at Medtronic | Lead Auditor | Certified Trainer | PMP | Process Excellence

    Knowing your Audience is a critical success factor for public speakers. It`s very important to tướng know them, their backgrounds, ages, titles, levels of knowledge, their interests, needs and expectations. This will help you focus on what is important to tướng them, and be able to tướng connect with them. Imagine that you giving a speech about Why you should visit at least 5 countries by the time you’re 30, and the majority of the audience is over 30, or giving a speech about Starting a healthy life focusing on physical activities, but your audience was expecting to tướng focus on nutrition and a healthy food lifestyle. Knowing your audience will help you select the right topics, tools, ways of communication, and expect their questions and even their feedback.

  • Group Chief Executive Officer at Definitive Safety Group L.L.C (SDVOSB/DBE)

    Knowing your audience is paramount for entrepreneurs looking to tướng enhance their public speaking skills. Tailoring your message to tướng your audience's interests, needs, and expectations not only engages them but also increases the likelihood of your message resonating and achieving your desired outcomes. Understanding your audience's demographics, values, and preferences allows you to tướng craft a more compelling and persuasive narrative, ultimately strengthening your ability to tướng convey your entrepreneurial vision and win tư vấn, whether it's from investors, customers, or partners.

Practice and rehearse

One of the best ways to tướng improve your public speaking skills is to tướng practice and rehearse your speech. This will help you memorize your key points, refine your delivery, and identify any areas of improvement. You can practice in front of a mirror, a recorder, a friend, or a small group of people. You can also ask for feedback and suggestions on how to tướng make your speech more effective and engaging. The more you practice, the more confident and comfortable you will feel on stage.

  • Mentoring Leaders for Interviews and Public Speaking. Salary Negotiation Expert 💰

    Practicing helps you with timing, smooth transitions, and better control of tools you may be using for your speech. As you practice, you may find ways to tướng refine your speech for clarity and better impact. Rehearsing multiple times builds muscle memory which helps you to tướng stay in control and avoid fillers in the final delivery!

  • Podcaster | Writer | tác giả of "Good Listen" | NYC ✈️ Charleston

    Run and listen. This a trick I picked up from actors. Record your talk and go for a run rẩy (or walk). Listen to tướng yourself on an endless loop and you will absorb the nội dung in an organic way.

Use visuals and aids

Visuals and sida can enhance your speech by adding variety, clarity, and interest to tướng your nội dung. They can also help you illustrate your points, tư vấn your arguments, and capture your audience's attention. However, you need to tướng use them wisely and sparingly. Make sure your visuals and sida are relevant, simple, and easy to tướng read and understand. Avoid overloading your slides with text, images, or animations. Use them as a complement, not a substitute, for your verbal communication.

  • Academic Consultant and Teacher Trainer

    Don't read your own slides. If you have some text that you feel it's important for your audience to tướng know (a definition, for example, or a quote), ask them to tướng read it silently, give them a few minutes, and then ask them to tướng share with a partner or the audience what resonates with them.

  • Communications Lead, Office of the Chief Medical Officer & Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit

    If possible, it’s best to tướng speak conversationally, with few or no slides to tướng distract the audience from engaging with you during the presentation. If slides are necessary, try not to tướng use them as a crutch - keep text to tướng three short bullets or less and use images to tướng back-up your take trang chủ message.

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  • According to tướng some rumours, Jeff Bezos has banned slide show presentations from his meetings. Why? While using visuals in presentations is a good practice, slideshows tend to tướng make people take a superficial approach to tướng the topic being discussed. That's why, when using visuals, we must ensure their value. I always use visuals that can be valuable additions to tướng my speech, such as: * Authentic images showcasing our job results. * Diagrams and illustrations that clarify complex subjects. For a better understanding, watch this đoạn Clip demonstrating how an operator effectively conveys a crucial message to tướng the audience using only a camera:

Engage your audience

A good public speaker does not just talk at their audience, but interacts with them. You can engage your audience by asking questions, telling stories, using humor, or inviting feedback. You can also use gestures, eye liên hệ, facial expressions, and vocal variety to tướng convey your emotions, enthusiasm, and personality. Engaging your audience will help you build rapport, create interest, and stimulate discussion.

  • 🎙 Developing UNMUTED organizations • Accent Bias and Linguistic Inclusion Speaker & Trainer • tác giả • TEDx Speaker • Founder @ Global Speech Academy

    These are all good tips, but the magic is HOW you apply them. Here are just a few examples: 1) Inviting feedback (like, "raise your hand if...") Raise your own arm WAY up in the air the way you want them to tướng. Then they might raise their hands higher kêu ca their foreheads. 2) Asking questions Make them REALLY specific, clear and well-worded. When speakers ask questions and the audience stares blankly, it's usually because the question was vague. For some questions you can spoon-feed the expected answer: "right or wrong?" "yes or no?" to tướng get faster feedback. 3)Vocal variety American and British English speakers use their voices to tướng emphasize important words. We make them louder, longer, and use a higher pitch to tướng show emphasis.

  • Podcaster | Writer | tác giả of "Good Listen" | NYC ✈️ Charleston

    Always open up with a personal anecdote, no matter what the subject. I Gọi it the trinity of public speaking: You. Audience. Topic. All three must connect to tướng create maximum impact.

  • For mạ, engaging with the audience means connecting with them on an emotional level. How is this possible? * Start your speech with a real-life example that's slightly emotional and moving, but not overly sánh. * Make eye liên hệ with people in the audience for 3-5 seconds. * Identify the most interested individuals and create the impression that you're speaking directly to tướng them. * Ask questions and pause to tướng allow the audience time to tướng think. * Bring real-life examples to tướng tư vấn your speech. The more practical your speech, the higher the chances that people will stay connected with you. These are just some fundamental ways to tướng engage and maintain the interest of your audience.

Manage your nerves

It is normal to tướng feel nervous before or during a public speaking sự kiện. However, you can manage your nerves by preparing well, breathing deeply, and focusing on your purpose and audience. You can also use positive affirmations, visualization, or relaxation techniques to tướng calm yourself and boost your self-esteem. Remember that your audience is not there to tướng judge you, but to tướng learn from you and tư vấn you. Do not let your nerves stop you from sharing your ideas and passion.

  • 🎙 Developing UNMUTED organizations • Accent Bias and Linguistic Inclusion Speaker & Trainer • tác giả • TEDx Speaker • Founder @ Global Speech Academy

    We react to tướng speaking anxiety in 4 different ways. 1) Biologically (shaking, sweating, racing heart) 2) Behaviorally (fidgeting, odd repetitive gestures, swaying or nhảy đầm around on stage) 3) Mentally (negative self talk) 4) Emotionally (poor self worth, negative emotions) You can't consciously control #1. It is a result of #2-4. Find out what triggers you (size of audience, certain person in room, lack of prep time, lack of practice, poor knowledge of nội dung, etc). Then work towards mitigating that specific trigger (ie. put aside more time to tướng practice or study the topic). Some things are easy to tướng overcome, others will take years (and will possibly need the help of a therapist!). Over time, with each presentation, it will get easier.

  • Mentoring Leaders for Interviews and Public Speaking. Salary Negotiation Expert 💰

    By far, one of my favorite tips is to tướng breathe when feeling nervous! It may sound cliche but it is still underrated and under-used. And the beauty of it is the pause that comes with it - a powerful tool in public speaking. Another great tip is - "It's not about you, it's about them (audience)." When you move your focus from yourself to tướng your audience and give them value - you will feel at ease and more confident.

  • How I Manage My Nerves: Before speech: * Before starting my speech, I take a close look at the audience and try to tướng understand who these people are. * Unless we're lawyers in a courtroom defending criminals, our audience is generally in a positive mindset, having come to tướng listen to tướng us. Remember about this. * While looking at them, I remind myself that I'm one of them. We are equals. On stage: * I use appropriate humour, share interesting stories, and ask questions. These techniques help both mạ and the audience relax. * Occasionally, if appropriate, I might humorously mention from the stage that I'm feeling a bit nervous. Try to tướng "take it easy." You are a professional and have valuable information to tướng share with these people! So, vì thế it!

Here’s what else to tướng consider

This is a space to tướng share examples, stories, or insights that don’t fit into any of the previous sections. What else would you lượt thích to tướng add?

  • Doctoral student @IUAV University of Venezia, School of doctorate in Architecture, City and Design

    Taking some pauses in between I am very inspired of the speakers with some pauses in between speeches. Because, those pauses help mạ to tướng see my self in relation to tướng the issues of the speech. Help mạ contextualize the issue.

  • Mentoring Leaders for Interviews and Public Speaking. Salary Negotiation Expert 💰

    Include story-telling. Use emotions to tướng connect with your audience. Make them a part of your presentation by making it relatable and engaging. In this age of information overload, storytellers stand apart, influence faster, and persuade better as numbers appeal to tướng the brain (logic) and stories appeal to tướng the heart (emotions).



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