Effective, confident public speaking should look effortless. In reality most people need considerable time and practice before they can talk confidently in front of an audience. I'm definitely one of those persons that practice over and over again. We can use a number of techniques to overcome stage fright, present our self confidently and keep our audience engaged. The audience is on our side. People want us to succeed, they don’t want to waste their time listening to a boring presentation. We are in a position of power, we have the knowledge that everyone wants to acquire.
We should avoid signs of nerves during our speech. We should think of our self as someone who is sharing valuable information with willing listeners. Audiences can rarely detect anxiety in a speaker who claims to be very nervous. It seems much worse to us than to our listeners. We should keep in mind to develop a good body language. The most important facial expression is the smile. This creates an instant rapport and will make the audience warm us. Using facial expressions will help to make our speech seem more convincing. Making eye contact to engage people is also important. We have to engage our audience by making eye contact with as many people as possible, not just fixate on one friendly face.
We should speak with confidence, clarity and conviction when we polish our presentation skills. The power of public speaking is a key leadership skill. Our ability to communicate will take us further than any other skill. We have communicate effectively and communicate our message so that others can listen, understand and act.
Public Speaking is a set of skills. It is not about talent. It is a set of techniques practiced, rehearsed and delivered. We will never deliver the perfect speech. But we might deliver a powerful and effective speech. The skill of public speaking is both an art and a science. The more we learn and...