Do you dread public speaking? Whether we like it or not, we all have to make a speech or give a presentation from time to time. We can do this well or we can do this badly, and the outcome strongly affects the way that people think about us. This is why public speaking causes so much anxiety and concern. You may take comfort in knowing that studies show after death and spiders, speaking in public is what people fear the most.
For most, becoming a great public speaker is an art, not a science. Many of the world’s top CEOs have accredited practice as the number one reason why they are so successful. The good news is that with lots of preparation and practice, you too can leave a lasting impression that you will want people to remember.
The most important thing to remember as a public speaker is to be R.E.A.L:
Relevant – Make sure your topic fits your audience. You would give a different speech to a group of CEO’s than you would give to your daughter’s first grade class.
Eloquent – Present using clear language. Nothing is worse than sitting through a speech, then asking yourself “what was that about?” Tell them what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you just told them.
Articulate – Your speech should be well thought out and expressed. This is the opposite of “winging it”. In order to be articulate you need to put in a significant amount of time preparing for your speech.
Learned – In order to be a great public speaker, you must be an expert on your topic.
Davitt Corporate Partners has created the infographic below that offers us some helpful advice to give the best speech possible.
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