Public Speaking Tips
A self-help guide to public speaking and speech preparation and tips.
At some point in everyone's life, he or she must speak in front of a group of people. It could be through your job, classmates in school, civic or government groups or just a group of family members.
If one is to effectively communicate to these groups, one must learn to do so properly.
Effective public speaking skills can be learned by following a few simple points. A good speaker will be organized and have the confidence to present the substance of the speech to an audience. Being able to speak effectively is a valuable skill that can be learned as a student and applied later in life.
The organized speaker will avoid the errors of people who talk in public but don't necessarily make good speeches. The organized speech will follow the following three point recipe:
Capture your audience's attention by giving them a reason for listening. This establishes a theme for your speech and can be a provocative quote, statistic, or story. The thesis or main idea of your speech is then presented here and it relates to your theme. This is where you tell your audience what you are going to talk about.
Break your idea into separate points (three is suggested) that explain or support your thesis and expand upon your theme. This is where your audience is told about your topic.
Revisit your headline and summarize your main idea by referring back to the points made in your main body. This provides your audience with a complete package and tells them what you have told them.
BETTER SPEECH TIPS
Don't point out your own mistakes. You are the expert on this topic during the time your speech is made.
Be yourself. Your audience will forgive your nervousness, but they will be turned off by false modesty or bravado.
Speak in the level of language that is suitable to the occasion. If the occasion demands a tux, then your words should be addressed appropriately.
Look for a creative angle on your topic. Capture your audience's attention this way.
Think and speak in outline terms. Avoid reading every word to your audience.
If you stumble, don't repeat sentences or phrases unless they are pivotal to your speech.
Finish your speech before your audience does.
Don't overstay your welcome on the podium. An audience appreciates a short organized speech over a long rambling effort.
Be confident in presentation. A speaker's poise and confidence communicate as effectively as the words that are spoken.
The purpose of any form of communication is not to make the sender the object of praise or derision. It is the message that really counts.
With good organization and a confidence in your topic, you will be able to address any audience and provide them with the substance of your communication.