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Do you need to deliver a speech and connect with the audience? Are you wondering what methods and techniques can help you improve your speech?
Everybody talks about great speeches of presidents, actors and activists all around the world, but what are the real tools that can help you connect with your audience and deliver a clear and effective message?
How can you deliver a clean and great speech and not be afraid or nervous?
Here are seven simple tips that will help you:
What are you afraid of? Making a fool out of yourself, losing professional prestige? These are things that almost never happen.
How many people do you personally know who lost their company because of a bad speech? If you are afraid of going completely blank, bring notes, if there is something regarding visual effects, have a backup plan… Bottom line, if it's about something that could happen, prepare for it.
The first few seconds are important for making a great impression. Present yourself to your audience, if someone hasn't done it already, do so with a couple of quotes you remember by memory.
Find a nice and memorable quote, something about the topic at hand. This way you can break the ice and get everybody's attention. If you don't feel like it or you want another plan, present a video, that way you can calm down and adapt yourself for a couple of minutes. A nice introduction can even be something comical or a joke, a personal story or a question, do whatever feels natural to you.
Be prepared to talk about the topic so it can feel and sound natural. Also, rehearse, and visualize yourself when giving a speech. According to studies with athletes, it works.
The key is to prepare; you need to investigate, you need to read, you need to be clear out of any doubt before you present.
Take a nice, deep breath, look at your notes, take a sip of water if near you and smile. Then continue at a slow rhythm, and you’ll see how things go back to the flow. It's not the end of the world, everybody panics, know that and you will remain calm.
Don’t go with something like: “Oh my gosh I’m lost” or something like that. If you get lost, it's very likely that your audience will not even notice. Take a moment in the background, take a breath, remain relaxed and continue forward. If you forgot the current topic your covering, switch to another topic; you can always come back to it if you remember. Overall you want to remain fluid and flexible.
Often, the audience doesn't even know about the presenter being nervous, so you want to imagine as if they are not there. It seems like pure nonsense, but it's one of the best remedies to not panic. Are you shaking? Put your hands in your back for a moment, it will pass. Think and believe you are not afraid, you are excited, you are prepared, with a lot of adrenaline so everything can and will go well.
Think that people are there because they like the subject, so even though you are a little nervous, they are not going to care as long as what you are saying is interesting! Remember to smile.
We tend to be more patience with a person that it's happy and don't be afraid to throw in a joke here and there to put a smile on their face; it can catch their attention.
Remember: No man knows it all! Public speaking and speeches are like everything in life: a journey. Start slow, prepare yourself and mostly: enjoy the ride! with each speech you will become better and more comfortable.
Do you have any good stories from the last time you panicked and gave a presentation? Feel free to share below.