PUBLIC SPEAKING is the chance we get to share our visions, ideas and dreams with others. Speaking is the art of sharing, and to be a good artist we have to prepare and work hard. To be good at speaking, not only in public, but even in private starts with:
KNOWING YOUR TOPIC – To know what you are going to talk about is the first step to a good and impressive speech. This will also help you to have a comprehensive beginning, middle, and end.
SOURCES – Having the right information for your speech is crucial. You have to be careful of which sources of information you use to make sure you are correct and appropriate with facts, stories and statistics. Try researching from a wide variety of sources, in order to avoid being repetitive. Reliable sources exhibit more expertise and often they are sites or books of established institutions. Try to avoid anonymous authors and be careful with bias. Avoid gender, racial and cultural stereotypes.
SPEECH STRUCTURE – Arrangement of your speech is so important when it comes to the understanding of the audience. Remember that the audience may not be familiar with your topic, so try to be as simple as you can and present concepts that are coherent for everyone. For this, you can use different arrangements according to your wish, but remember to have a clear beginning, which is going to get you the attention of the audience (a quote, a saying, a personal story, shocking statistics or even start with a prop). After your intro, try to stress the most important points of your speech by defining, explaining and giving examples. Finally, end your speech in a way that the audience has understood your topic and learned something new. In general, use words that can get you the attention of the audience, be careful with your grammar and make your speech varied by using a wide range of vocabulary.
PRACTICE – The more you know your material , the more comfortable you will be. Spend time working on your speech in detail. No one is born a skilled orator, but all of us can become one by practice. Before you give your speech practice in front of a mirror (with all the equipment you are planning to use), practice by presenting your speech in front of a friend or someone that can give you feedback. Memorizing your content is a mistake, try to memorize concepts instead. Improvise and improve with every step. If you have a time limit, then try using a stopwatch and speak slower than comfortable. And while speaking, try to breathe, pause and give yourself time to feel comfortable.
Practicing at home and actually giving the speech are two really different things. To have a remarkable performance and to grab the attention of the audience use;
COMFORT – Be ready for your audience by knowing who your audience is, try engaging with the audience before you give the speech.
BODY LANGUAGE – Moving your body in certain ways and showing gestures are vital to gaining attention and keeping it.
EYE CONTACT – Making eye contact makes the audience more interested in your speech and topic, so try it to get recognized.
LOOKS – Be careful with what you are wearing. Avoid wearing extreme clothing; instead wear something familiar but also formal. Looking smart is a part of being smart. Never exaggerate with your clothes and respect the dress code.
TIME – Pay attention to time. A speech that is very long makes the audience bored, and the speaker loses their attention. Instead, plan your speech to be neither long, nor short. If you have a time limit, respect it and try to stay calm. Control your breathing and pause when you need to. Remember that speaking too fast will confuse the audience, so find an average pace to let the audience digest your message.
BE YOURSELF – Anytime you give a speech, don’t try to act like someone you are not. Just be yourself and in this way the audience will understand your message. Speak in words that represent what you believe.
IMPROVE YOURSELF AFTER EVERY SPEECH
Great public speaking is like an iceberg, you see successful speakers but that is only the top, what makes them truly great is what hides underneath, and that is passion and hard work.
OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR
If you have never spoken in public, WeVoi is not only an opportunity for you to speak but also an opportunity to stand up for your ideas; your vision.
Fear is always present, but when you speak up for what you believe, overcoming fear is much easier. Remember to use your fear as energy to share your ideas for a better world. With experience, you will learn that fear is nothing else but the excitement about what you are about to say.