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Practice Makes Professionals

Preparation and rehearsals are the basic foundation for an excellent speech. You should never ignore it. Practice you must as practice makes professionals. You’ve probably heard this a million times anyway.

90 percent of how well your talk will be is determined before you step on the stage. ― Somers White

How to practice a speech effectively? Yes, it involves doing some weird—standing in your living room talking to no one but your furniture. However, during your practice, remember that your goal is to create an emotional connection with the audience. Always ask yourself what you want your audience to feel or do as the last golden word escapes your lips. Building a relationship with your audience is the most powerful thing you can do as a speaker.

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As you practice your next speech along these objectives, you’ll be prepared for success the next time your step on the stage. Ten years after your speech, the audience may have forgotten what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

Overcome the Fear of Speaking in Public – 5 Reasons

Here at Better Speaking Skills, we are looking for actionable tips on improving our speaking skills. However, we don’t pay much attention to overcoming the fear of speaking in public even though it might be twice efficient.

In fact, 74% of people suffer from glossophobia, aka a fear of speaking in public. Believe it or not, having this fear negatively affects your well-being, and you lose a big variety of opportunities around you. If you think that it’s hard to overcome the fear of speaking in public, you’re right. On the other hand, once you do your best to beat it, you get much more.

Fearless public speech is not just a dream; it’s you who can change your life for better.

Here are 5 reasons to overcome the fear of speaking in public:

Heightened Self-confidence

No one wants to feel humiliated after public speaking, but it’s nearly impossible to prevent this feeling if you made mistakes while delivering a speech. Unfortunately, speech anxiety affects our performance, and it’s more likely you fail if you’re worrying. Therefore, your failures decrease self-confidence.

All in all, you need to beat the fear of speaking in public to stay confident and achieve success in any niche you want to.

Increase Your Potential

Every person has a fear, and in most cases, it’s just a question of emotions. Unfortunately, having a fear decreases your energy and put limits on your growth. Once you overcome a fear, you increase your potential as there are no frames for your development.

Are you reaching your potential? It might be high time to start living a better life: without any fears.

Take a Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Living within your comfort zone is a normal thing for most people as we are afraid of getting out of this area: everything scares. Scientifically, a comfort zone is a type of behavior that keeps you on the lowest level of anxiety. However, if you break out of this zone, you’re able to develop some new skills which may lead to your growth.

Establish More Contacts

Have you ever dreamed of being a successful person? I bet that you have. In fact, successful people have a big number of contacts that help them a lot. If you don’t have a fear of speaking in public, you can establish contacts that would be beneficial for you.

Obviously, you need to understand people who are listening to your speech, and audience analysis is a number-one thing as it helps to suit the needs. Once you know how to fit people’s expectations and needs, you can establish good and long-term contact.

Find Support and Understanding

There is one thing for you to remember: your audience is not waiting for your failure. People come to find actionable tips on solving their problems, and they rely on you as you’re an expert in the niche. Thus, you can find support and understanding while delivering a speech, and it’s easier if you don’t have a fear of speaking in public. Once you share your thought with the audience, use eye-contact to find those who completely support you. It can be important not only for the moment of speech.

Wrap-up

Having fears gives you nothing but anxiety. To stand out from the crowd and achieve success, you need to do your best in order to overcome your fear. The faster you do it, the better. There are more reasons to overcome the fear of speaking in public, and you’re welcome to list yours to motivate each other beat it once and for all.

So, are you ready to overcome this fear?

Lale Byquist is a media communications student who has overcome the fear of speaking in public. Lale runs PresentationSkills.me website where she shares her tips and pieces of advice. Follow her on Twitter or drop a line at lale.byquist@gmail.com

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Organizing a Speech for Effective Delivery Part 1 of 3

Organizing a speech is crucial of any speech because when you talk, an organized speech enables the listeners to “get it”. We have had experiences of hearing from speakers or people that ramble on and on. They have the tendency to go off-tangent in all directions of their speech that we find it difficult to follow and get the point.

If we need to ask at the end of their presentation, “So, what’s the point you’re trying to make?” that speech most probably lacks clear organization. As a speaker yourself, if your crowd doesn’t get a handle on your message (despite the fact that your subject is one you know they are keen on), you have to re-examine the way you deliver it. You have to sort out your thoughts to enable easy comprehension.

Let us look at the essential objectives of this task, get tips and strategies on how to organize a speech.

For a speech or presentation to be effective, it must be clear, and straightforward. A typical speech will have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. For the introduction, you tell the audience what you want to tell them. For the body, you tell them what you said you will tell them. For the conclusion, you tell them again, what you have told them.

Introduction ~ Tell them what you will be telling them.
Body ~ Tell them.
Conclusion ~ Tell them what you have told them.

This organization works very well for informative speeches. This is a prerequisite for the planning and preparation of your speech. This forces you to think about what message you intend to deliver to the audience. If you yourself are not clear on what you are going to say, how can you expect the audience to know it?

As a speaker, your role is to tell the audience your message. If your speech is well organized in a coherent and flowing manner, your audience will be more receptive to your ideas and messages. You will be able to connect to your audience and persuade them to take action.

Qualities of a Well Organized Speech

Well organized speeches are able to have the following qualities.

Easy to Understand

Audiences have a relatively short attention span. This is especially so if your speech involves technical and difficult concepts. People enjoy simple concepts and ideas, and it is the speaker’s best skill to conceptualize and present a difficult idea or concept in its most simplest and understandable format. If you cannot explain an idea simply, you simply do not understand the concept well enough. Put it shortly, you have to present your idea and speech such that even an 8 year old kid will understand.

Easy to Remember

In today’s generation and technology driven market, we are constantly bombarded by marketing gimmicks and publicity stunts in all formats and media. There is also an information overload and overdose. There is simply too much information going on around the world we live in today. All this information is screaming for attention, but what is more important once you pay attention, information retention takes place. Your idea in your speech should be easy to remember so the audience can retain the information once your delivery is over.

Easy to Follow

As simple as every well organized speech should be, there should be a logical flow and straightforward direction to follow in your well crafted speech. This will enable the audience to follow your ideas and messages and will aid the audience in assimilating the ideas.

Easy to Believe

Be true to the genre of your presentation. This means that your speech must be credible and authentic such that the audience will believe it. If you are including any stories in your speech, all conflicts, solutions or problems stated should be logically solvable within their own worlds (genre). If it sounds too far-fetched or even too incredible, it will appear too remotely distant to the audience, and once they sense no rapport to the idea, they will shut down their senses and will cut you off from their attention.

Enjoyable

Lastly, every audience will hope for an enjoyable time listening to any speaker. They have invested a considerable amount of their time and effort in coming to hear you speak. Therefore, besides wanting to learn something new from your speech, they want to be entertained by you as the speaker and to have an enjoyable time.

This article will be continued next week at the link http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/organizing-a-speech-for-effective-delivery-part-2-of-3

The 5 Myths of Public Speaking

According to the Merriam Webster 2016 dictionary, public speaking is defined as:

  1. the act or process of making speeches in public
  2. the art of effective oral communication with an audience

Definition 1 defines public speaking as making speeches in public, even though the process of making that speech goes far beyond the stage time, as it involves a lot of background preparation to deliver that speech. Definition 2 defines public speaking as an art, and specifically in oral communication, even though it involves more than just oral communication. it is the entire delivery of the speaker, the stage, lighting, layout, sound system and a whole lot of other items.

This is where the traditional and conventional definition of public speaking does not do justice to delivering a great speech. In this article, I will try to answer some of the common myths surrounding public speaking.

Myth 1: Public Speaking Is About Speaking To A Large Audience.

While delivering a presentation to a large audience may be an ego boost to a speaker, public speaking is not necessarily about the size of the size of the crowd; it could be a one person audience too. As long as you are communicating, it is considered public speaking. “You cannot not communicate” is a saying I would like you to remember at this point.

Myth 2: Public Speaking Is An Art.

It is not just a delicate art and in this article; I will show you “scientific” ways, steps and methods in delivering a speech. Delivering a great speech involves the art and the
science of giving that speech. When we describe something as an art, people get the notion that it is a skill that you either get it, or you don’t. That it is something innate and difficult to learn. What this book aims to achieve is to turn part of that art into something that is teachable, into a science of analyzing what makes great speeches great and impactful.

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Myth 3: Public Speaking Involves Just Oral Presentation.

From 1967 to 1971, Professor Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA, conducted numerous studies on face-to-face communication. He discovered that during such communication, the audience would be able to guess the intention of the speaker accurately 55% of the time from his / her physiology, 38% of the time from his / her vocal tonality and 7% of the time from his / her words. What’s significant here is that the exact percentage is immaterial. The vital part is that most face-to-face communication is nonverbal. Therefore, public speaking is not just about what you say, but more importantly, how you say it.

Myth 4: Public Speaking Is First And Foremost About The Content.

Content is significant as it is the skeleton that makes up the speech. We still need to dress the skeleton and content with some delivery skills. Without the skills in delivering the content, the effectiveness of the message may be lost along the way. Remember, it is not what you say, but how you say it.

Myth 5: A Long Speech That Goes For 2 Hours Is More Difficult To Prepare Than A 5 Minute Speech.

To quote a famous line from Mark Twain, “If you want me to talk for 2 hours I can start now, if you want me to speak for 5 minutes I am going to need a week…” It is generally not the longer duration of the speech, the more difficult it is to prepare. If you have all the time you need to deliver your speech, you have a lot of leeway and margin to deliver the main message of your speech. But if you have a limited time to make your point, then it becomes important to make your point in that limited time effectively.

Now that some myths of public speaking have been debunked, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by reading the other recommended articles on this site. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become an accomplished public speaker. All the best 🙂

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