Seven Principles of Public Speaking
Public speaking is not one thing that all could do efficiently. While some people seem to have been born with skills that could be used in public speaking, other people still have to labor their way through practices, training and application of theories before they can truly begin to speak publicly with confidence.
One can only gain confidence once he is knowledgeable enough with the fields he has immersed himself into, in this case public speaking. To guide you with some of the common concerns that bother most people, we have listed here a number of principles concerning this field:
Body language. This component seem to play some goods roles when it comes to addressing to the public, it is always better to be more animated than deliver your piece in a plain manner. Often, people love it when they see a moving speaker. However, your body language must conform to the topic you are delivering. It is not enough that you make gestures but you must also keep in mind that f the talk is in a serious tone, your gestures must also be serious enough so as to further convey the meanings you would like to present.
Speak with conviction. If you show your audience confidence, they are more likely to become attentive on your speech. But if you have shown them lack of conviction on what you are doing then you could expect them to be a little doubtful of what you are telling them.
Refrain from reading your notes. Know the content of your topic by heart. This way, you don’t have to worry regarding the mistakes and errors that you could accidentally commit. We all know that public speaking is scripted yet this does not mean that you have to rely on the script that you have prepared. Often, it is more exciting to hear from a speaker who knows what he is saying to the audience yet not getting the words from the papers.
Maintain eye contact. Eye contact is one thing that could provide the connection between you and the audience you are addressing. Without this, the purpose of public speaking, which by the way is about influencing the beliefs of other people, would be spoiled. It is always better to find some people that you could keep eye contact with then constantly shifting your eyes towards the crowd back to specific people.
Cater their needs. Each audience present various needs that you must be keen of. It is never enough that you just give justice to the content of your speech but you must also make the talk a little more interesting. Go an extra mile if you must. Entertain questions, make your audience laugh, adjust to their needs, adapt your choice of words, boy language and responses to the individual concerns they project.
Pause. You must, at all cost, create some room for breathing both for you and your audience. Be sensitive if you feel like your talk is getting out of bounds from their sphere of interest. Besides, if speaking for hours on end is exhausting on your part, how would your audience feel then if you allow them to sit for long hours while listening to you?
Know how and when to stop. Two of the most difficult junctures in speeches is the beginning and the ending. Once you have delivered your introduction well all you would be needing is to keep the interest burning. How then would you put a stop to the public’s interest? The key here is making a gradual descent. After which, your final words would more likely be less dramatic.