Public speaking is one of the most intimidating things you can do.
It’s also one of the most important skills you can learn in life. It’s a skill that can help you get your foot in the door for job interviews, and it’s also a skill that can help you win friends and influence people.
If you’re speaking in front of an audience, make sure you’re prepared with these 10 tips:
1 / Ask yourself: “What am I going to talk about?” Then ask yourself again: “Why am I going to talk about this topic?” This will help keep things on track and prevent rambling at all costs!
2 / Don’t forget: You’re not just talking to yourself—you’re talking to an audience! Make eye contact and speak directly at them, not into the air or down at your notes.
3 / Practice in front of a mirror or use a camera and record yourself before giving any speeches. This helps with confidence, body language, tone of voice, and facial expression.
4 / Don’t be afraid of pauses; they help make your speech sound more natural and thoughtful than if you were rattling off words without stopping to think about them first!
5 / Remember: You’re there because you have something important to say—say it confidently and clearly!
6 / If something isn’t working right away, don’t be afraid to change it up! Always read the room and maintain a spirit of flexibility.
7 / Use body language to engage your audience. You’re a human being! Be natural and you will be more likely to be received well from the audience.
8 / Tell a story to make your points memorable. People want to know how your information relates to what they’re dealing with. Storytelling is always a great way to demonstrate the importance and relatability of your message.
9 / Smile! Nothing makes people feel more comfortable than seeing someone who looks happy and confident about what they’re doing. The more relaxed you are about your presentation before it starts, the more relaxed everyone else will be as well.
10 / Stay positive! Envision yourself giving the best presentation ever and feeling confident as you speak—that way, even if things don’t go according to plan (which they probably won’t), at least you’ll have had fun and know that whatever happens, happens for a reason!
Public speaking is not something that comes naturally to everyone. For some, it can be downright terrifying. But if you’re interested in making your mark on the world, you’ve got to get over your fear of public speaking and start using it as a tool for your success!