Are you looking to take your public speaking skills up a notch? Whether you’re just starting out or have been speaking for a while, it’s always beneficial to brush up on the basics and fine-tune your technique. Here are 10 tips from The Master Speaker Trainer, Arvee Robinson, International Keynote Speaker, that will help you become an expert public speaker in no time.
1. Know Your Audience:
You can’t give your audience what they need if you don’t know who they are. Learn as much as possible about their background and interests so that you can craft a message tailored to their specific needs.
2. Practice Makes Perfect:
It takes practice to become comfortable in front of an audience and be able to answer questions on the fly. Rehearse your presentation several times so that you know it inside and out, then practice with different types of audiences (such as family members and friends) before delivering it live.
3. Be Confident:
Projecting confidence is key when presenting in front of an audience. Take deep breaths before beginning and maintain eye contact throughout your talk—this will help project strength and authority even if you feel nervous inside.
4. Tell Stories:
People love stories! Use anecdotes to engage your audience and help them relate to the subject matter more easily—it also helps keep their attention better than dry facts alone would do.
5. Don’t Memorize Your Speech Word-for-Word:
Memorizing every word of your speech will make it sound stilted and robotic when delivered live—not the desired effect! Instead, memorize the main points of your speech so that they flow naturally when spoken aloud. Also, be sure to allow yourself room for improvisation; this will make it seem more natural when speaking in front of an audience.
6. Vary Your Tone & Pace:
If all words are spoken at the same volume level, pace, or tone then listeners may quickly lose interest or need clarification about which ideas are most important. Aim for variety by varying pitch, volume, speed, pauses—basically anything that allows for emphasis on key points without overwhelming listeners with too much information at once!
7 . Use Visual Aids Effectively:
Visual aids like slideshows or charts can be great tools for making complex topics easier to understand—but use them sparingly! Too many visual aids can be distracting and detract from key points in your presentation rather than enhancing them as intended
8 . Be Aware Of Body Language:
Body language is often just as important as what is said during a presentation – if not more so! Remember to stand tall (no slouching!), look people in the eye while speaking with them directly (no averting gazes!), smile often (confident speakers do this!), etc
9 . Be Prepared For Questions:
Chances are good that some members of your audience will have questions after the presentation is over – be prepared for this by having answers ready in advance
10 . Know When To Wrap Up:
Sometimes speakers go over their allotted time without realizing it – try not to do this! Keep track of where you are in relation to the end of the presentation so that you know when it’s time wrap up gracefully
Public speaking can be intimidating but with enough practice, anyone can become a master presenter – these 10 tips are great starting points for improving both basic speaking skills and advanced techniques alike! Incorporate these tips into each presentation and soon enough you’ll find yourself confidently delivering speeches like a pro!