Public Speaking Tip

Public Speaking Tips: Things You Should Know When Addressing a Crowd

First things first- never apologize.

One of the major mistakes amateur public speakers have is their feeling of sorry towards their short comings. They are aware that they could have given much more but due to reasons that they, initially, found as excuses against the possibility of working at their optimum they weren’t able to give justice to their presentation.

Whatever guilt feelings you have while in front of everyone, never apologize to the audience you are addressing. This would not only make things a bit more difficult for you, it would also send uncomfortable feelings towards your audience. Your lack of unbelief could also cause their lack of trust on you. Why then should they continue listening to what you have to say? Besides it is never good that you start your speech with a negative statement.

Thus, you must compensate this possibility by knowing your topic by heart. If, for instance, you have the vaguest idea of your topic you must make it a point that you have prior study on it. It is not enough that you just know you must also memorize the essence of your speech by heart.

But how about the nerves?

As you might have already experienced, the nerves could either attack you at the beginning of your delivery or it would gradually creep into your system at the middle of your speech. The former is easier to handle since you can help dissolve nervousness after a couple of minutes talking. However the second type could be more dangerous. It lurks yet it would occur at the very moment you dread it would come. You will be steadily bothered by the possibility that it would attack you as soon as you recognize its existence and that would be the very last thing you would want to happen.

The fear of its attack alone would already hamper you to deliver your piece well, how much more damage would the actual attack bring?

There is no fool-poof method of defending yourself against the nerves. You can just either accept it as it is or accept the doom it brings. Ultimately, you have no choice but to recognize it. After all there is no way you can subdue its intensity or to make yourself believe that it would not affect you.

And once you accept the fact that you vulnerable towards nervousness, you’ll be happy that you have made the brave job of facing your own fears.

While speaking, don’t let the thoughts of your own expectations and other people’s expectations bother you. So what if you have committed errors? The public won’t notice that anyway? Why? Because it is only you and your coach who know the content of your speech.

Another thing- create the dynamics in your delivery. This does not necessarily mean though that you will sing-song during the speech. It just means that you have to excite your audience using various techniques such as changes in tonality, speed, putting emphasis on specific words or phrases and conveying energy towards the listeners. There is a danger in all these though, some people put so much stress on these techniques that in the end the value of dynamics is spoiled.

You see, public speaking is not that easy that everyone could perform each delivery so perfectly well but it is jot also that hard that each public speaker would feel like they are in a death chamber every time they go out in front of the crowd and speak their minds out.