Admittedly, most people are not exactly keen on speaking in front of public. For a multitude of reasons. Most commonly being the fear of having a crowd judging them, their ideas, their choice of words.
This starts early on in school where students dread giving presentations and would do anything to delay their turn. We speak all the time, but how is speaking in public any different? How come when we have to speak in front of a crowd we never seem to be able to get our point across?
If you are one to struggle with speaking in public, here are some tips that could help you in gaining confidence when doing it.
This one is rather obvious, but surprisingly, a lot of people tend to underestimate the importance of preparation. Before speaking in public, make sure you know what you are talking about, and be aware of your audience.
Make a list of important points you want to get across and try to find a way to effectively connect them. This one is particularly important because when your thought process starts going astray you will have a hard time getting back on track.
Putting your words together can be stressful in private, but even more in public. Hence, make sure you have a flow in which you address different points, clarify them, then move on to the next point.
Connect with the audience
When giving speech in public, it is easy to get away in the me against them mentality. Try to rid off this impression by engaging your audience. Try to crack a joke, ask questions, or provoke discussions.
This is a trick that could help develop a bond with your audience, making you appear more natural and relaxed in your presentation by lightening the mood for everyone.
If you notice people who appear more engaged, for example by nodding or smiling frequently, make a point of putting your focus on them. These are the people who could give you reassurance throughout your speech.
When delivering speech in front of public, make it a personal. Instead of showing how nervous you are, focus on emotions you are trying to convey in your messages. Be involved in the points you are delivering.
This will take your focus away from the fear of speaking in front of people to becoming a good public speaker. Include your personal opinions briefly between points without making them the highlight of the presentation.
People are more likely to be interested in someone who is passionate than someone who behaves passively towards their cause.
Lastly, like everything else in the world, to become a master at speaking in public you need to practice frequently. It would also be helpful to record yourself so that you could assess your performance later and observe your improvement over time.
Eventually, understand that it is not easy and the people you admire for their ability to speak in public have done it so many times it becomes natural to them.