The first time I done public speaking was to an audience of over 150 business leaders at an Annual Conference and I was 17, my perspiration was as high as my nerves! However, I left the stage feeling great, and continue to do so every time I have the opportunity to speak. Since then, I have spoken at many other events attend numerous speaking events so I know a good speaker when I hear one.
Below are my top tips on public speaking:
- Be prepared. Write out a script or at least some bullet points to help guide you in what you are going to discuss.
- Keep it brief and to the point. No one wants someone who “waffles” during a speech, the audience will lose interest and your whole speech will not be coherent.
- Pick out what your passion/topic is, then build a speech around that. This is rather than creating a whole speech with a lot of different factors and then trying to add in your main cause/purpose.
- Breath, relax and stay calm and you will control the room. The best public speakers are the ones that make you feel like you’re having a conversation with them, try to emulate this in your own. Furthermore, stay relaxed and breathe, although it may sound daft, it is vitally important. A lot of people rush speeches, treat it like a conversation and talk to your audience.
- Finally, leave them with a big finale. One of the best ways to do this is to throw in a memorable quote or saying that will leave the audience feeling inspired and uplifted by your speech.