4 “Be”s to Improve Your Public Speaking

4 “Be”s to Improve Your Public Speaking

Blake Roney

Let’s be honest, we can all tell when someone lacks proper public speaking training. Sweaty palms, a dry mouth, and an anxious tapping of your right foot - all signs of nervousness many experience before speaking to large crowds. Some may even experience these signs when having interpersonal communications. The good news is that whether speaking to one person or a multitude, there are ways to improve your public speaking skills. Here are four ”Be”s that can improve your public speaking.

 

1.       Be prepared. Prepare as much as you can before you even begin your speech or conversations. Do your research and become as knowledgeable as possible on the topic you are covering.  Plan ahead and take as much time needed beforehand because once you begin, the time to prepare has ended.

 

2.       Be confident. Now that you are a master of your topic, be confident that you can answer any question thrown your way. If you are posed with a question to which you do not know the answer, do not make something up. Confidently reply with what you do know and state that you will look into the matter further. Show your confidence by making eye contact, and speaking in a strong voice. Some of the best public speakers videotape themselves and pay attention to those nervous actions they would have never noticed. You can do it!

 

3.       Be personable. Adding personal stories increases interest and allows your audience to better relate to you. Stick to a few key points, and mix in examples from experiences in your own life. It will drive home the point you are trying to make and allow you to connect with your audience.

 

4.       Be convincing. Make sure you have a purpose in what you say. Tell your audience what your purpose is in the beginning and conclude with a call to action. Stating your purpose in the beginning will allow your audience to follow along with you on the journey of your speech; while ending with a call to action invites them to act on the information you shared.

 

Finally, as with most skills, the more you do it the better you become. Follow these four “Be”s and with practice, you can improve your public speaking skills.

 

Let's talk about it: What tips do you have to be a better public speaker?

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