5 Public Speaking Tips for newbies
Public speaking can be an intimidating task, especially for the inexperienced. No matter how much we prepare, if we don’t guard our mind, our negative thinking will soon control us. But you are not alone, even the veterans get nervous and anxious before the show.
Here are my 5 public speaking tips for newbies:
1. Practice your speech
Like I mentioned before, even the veterans get nervous before giving a speech. The best thing that you can do is to gather all the information you need and organize your speech. Once you have the speech written, get in front of a mirror and practice the speech until you memorize it. It is very important that you know your stuff, so avoid reading. Hopefully, this is not a last minute assignment and you have an adequate amount of time to prepare (hey, don’t cry!). If you follow this advice alone, you will feel a lot more confident.
2. Get feedback from others
Being confident is good but overconfidence might hurt you. Seek advice from others during the preparation of your speech. Give it a go and use them as test subjects. You can tell by their reaction whether they like it or not. Their feedback might save the day.
3. Get a good night’s sleep
Even if you practice and memorize the speech. If you don’t rest well before the show, your memory might fail you when it’s go time. If you want to be in an optimal condition for the task, get at least 7 hours of sleep the night before. Don’t forget to energize your body by eating a nutritious meal before hitting the stage.
4. Use a positive and pleasant tone
Do your audience a favor and put some soul into your voice. Don’t bore them by being too formal. Having a pleasant and positive tone of voice is the easiest way to captivate their attention. Don’t forget to include some jokes in between, if it’s allowed.
5. Use audiovisuals wisely
Try not to use too many audiovisuals. Only use them to validate or clarify your content. On the other hand, there might be times when you can strategically use audiovisuals to re-capture your audience’s attention.
In summary, speaking in public is something that you could prepare for but ultimately fail at. The best advice that I can give you is to have confidence in yourself and show them what you are made of.
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