3 things to keep in mind during a public speech

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September 21, 2020

Written by Maike Benner  

Speaking in public and in front of an audience that has its eyes and ears fixed on you is a challenging and courageous job.
You need to overcome your fears, to have self-confidence, be focused enough to convey the right message, grab their attention, or even to sell (if you are someone in business). In this article, we want to introduce you to some tips on why it is very important to gain control, especially at the beginning of the speech.

You will be able to attract the attention of the audience if you take short breaks and get a good breath from time to time. If you speak quickly, the audience may feel offended, they may think that you are in a hurry and that you are there to deliver that speech and go back to your routine.

Oratory skill is the basis of a good relationship with others but above all with oneself. Many people actually find themselves facing difficulties when they have to face a conversation in front of a small or large audience without blushing, without being sweaty hands and with a voice drowned out by emotions. To overcome these insecurities that come as a result of shyness, it is good to practice some small “tricks” that help to overcome the difficulties and face a public speech.

Here are some important tips:

  1. Prepare enough. Never and never undertake to give a speech without preparation, without being clear on the subject and what you want to say. To overcome the anxiety and fear of speech it is not necessary to cause a panic that manifests with excessive emotions, but bring them out carefully and use it to your advantage.
  2. Control your voice and breathing. Stuttering, small speech errors can ruin your speech, and the best way to go about this is to use a short joke to get through this situation more easily. This way a moment of failure can turn into a moment of strength and the people who are listening to you will seem normal, as this can happen to you all. It is important not to take suggestions from the people in front of you, which can have a negative impact.

When the speech you are going to give is of special importance, you need to react with positive thoughts. Phrases like “everything will go well” and “I’m fine” will help you achieve the goal. Try to be as original as possible, to feel more emotional with the words you say this way you will feel more strength and persuasion of your word.

One piece of advice given by Forbes magazine is: Write the title and headline of your speech as you would like it to appear in a newspaper if you wanted your talk to be front-page news. If you fail to do so, then you need to be clear that your message is complicated, boring, or too common to impress.

  1. Short and sweet. Short speeches are always more successful. If the topic you are going to talk about is too broad and you can not leave anything unmentioned, try to create a speech that fits into the essence of everything, but should not be prolonged because the audience can not stay focused for too long.

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