5 ways to improve public speaking skills

by Jaques Montegolifier Chartered Accountant
Speaking in front of large crowds scare many people. They often get nervous, which makes them lose their track. Nervousness is the enemy of confidence. No matter how hard people try to rehearse in front of the mirror, they often fail after seeing the audience in front of them. Such responses can harm ideas and presentation skills, leading to a communication gap. The messages are incomplete and hard to understand when delivered without a clear and concise speech.

Confidence, composure, gestures, tone, and many more factors are involved in improving oratory skills. While many face a tough journey ahead, strategic communication consulting can ease the burden, causing the stress levels to decline and boosting confidence. Given below are five ways in which people can improve their public speaking skills:

1.    Seek clarity:
While delivering a speech, speakers must have focus. By maintaining a track of their words, they will never feel lost or lose the attention of the audience. They must understand the purpose of the message. The audience will get bored, confused, or even tired if the speaker fails to deliver the message appropriately.

2.    Prepare:
Speakers should be aware of their audience and the demographic limit. They must ensure that their speech relates to every individual’s life so that it becomes easier for them to connect. Proper preparation also involves knowledge of the subject discussed. Research and practice before the final delivery of the speech and create an impact on the audience.

3.    Entertain the audience:
Good speeches include personal experiences with strong emotional content. Using humor and jokes helps to a certain extent. Avoid overusing humor as that diverts the attention of the audience without letting the speaker deliver the message effectively. Use emotions that touch the hearts of every person sitting in the audience. And remember, punchlines used towards the end of the speech should be compelling and original.

4.    Accept:
Speakers tend to become nervous, which is natural. But they should not allow nervousness to overcome their level of confidence. Sweating a bit is alright unless it does not negatively affect the speech of the speaker. No matter how large the audience, speakers need to accept the circumstances as they arise while maintaining their composure and confidence level.

5.    Keeping it real:
Honesty in speeches helps speakers connect deeply with the crowd. They can admit if they are feeling nervous, and that helps in calming them down. Most importantly, speakers must make themselves comfortable while speaking. Strategic communication consulting helps them overcome all their fears without displaying anxiety or nervousness.

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About Jaques Montegolifier Freshman   Chartered Accountant

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