Friday, October 14, 2011
Public Speaking: 10 Tips to Improve Public Speaking Skills
When I ask my audiences their biggest challenge of public speaking, overwhelmingly they say, "To overcome fear of public speaking." It is normal to have "butterflies". The key is how to organize, concentrated and fly in formation. Here are 10 tips to offer a more powerful, persuasive presentation. The practice of these techniques to continuously improve public speaking.
1. 95% of your success is determined before the show. The audience knows, if you do not practice. Practice, or a "new process" to minimize the 75% jitter. Practice standing, or better yet, ask someone to videotape you. The camera is the target ally. You become more comfortable with the material through the workouts, the body language was more comfortable.
Either store the second or "know the cold" in your opening and closing. Two minutes for a bottle opener and a fairly dense. The most important thing your audience will remember is your fence. Second most important thing they will remember is your opener. Start with something attention grabbing, as an offer or statistics that relate to your topic. Never start with, "Good Morning". It is obvious and boring.
3rd Public Speaking: 24 hours before your presentation:
A. Having a quiet dinner with a friend yet. (This may or may not be your wife!) You will not be so concerned about his public speaking if you can put your nervous system in the slide.
B. The day before, put your presentation on audiocassette in the background, one hour before bedtime. Listen to your open and close before bedtime as a review.
C. No big changes 24 hours before. Nothing increases the fear of public speaking more than rewrite your material at the last minute. Despite the impromptu speech.
D. Visualize your presentation going smoothly and successfully. All Olympic athletes use this technique and it works with public speaking as well.
E. Review your notes and visual aids from the previous day. Your notes should only be "fast food for the eyes" into a ball, and never read at the hearing.
F. Eat a good breakfast of protein high in the morning of your presentation. Even if you do not speak until this evening, feed your mind and body the right fuel.
4th Before your presentation, check yourself into a full-length mirror. A friend of mine forgot to do so. During his speech before hundreds, have someone commented that her skirt was tucked into his tights!
5. Public speaking and purpose: When organizing your speech, has defined its goal. Why are you here? Why are they there? Is this a sales presentation? A monitoring group of the community? If you have technical information, is a transfer of information / knowledge or wheel-making? During the presentation of technical information make sure not to overload your audience with too many details or too much on each slide. Tailor your message. Set your goal.
6. Know your audience before designing the opening and closing. It is imperative that you "speak the language" of your audience. What are their ages? Percentage of men / women? Are they too technical or non technical? You want to be there or is it mandatory? What are your expectations? If you are a scientist or an engineer, speaking at the "lowest common denominator." Technical presentations have a propensity to use technical jargon. The person in charge of finance to understand the language?
7. Avoid using too many slides. Visual aids are wonderful tools, provided they are used to improve the information. A common mistake is the use of visual aids and presentation. Look at the audience frequently to establish rapport and connection. In almost all the presentations, they are there to "sell" not just "tell" them. Do not look at your visual aids other than a glance, and never read them. Never turn your back on the audience to read the slides. You will not see on the slides. Their minds start to walk. Remember, you are your own best visual aid.
8. Good ability to speak in public is to be prepared. As the saying goes, the first design of the block as expected, much worse. Planning and preparation to reduce anxiety by 75%. Once again, the audience knows, if you do not practice. Consider hiring a coach to speak in public. Dollars invested in the well can be worth their weight in gold.
9. The period of questions and how to handle a hostile audience. The second comment I hear most often on my tongue public seminars is "What if I do a question and not know the answer?" Or, "What if someone in the audience is an I-know everything and do not like?" Avoid being argumentative. If you do not know the answer, ask if anyone in the audience has the answer. Or just let them know when you go back to them. Make sure you do. When you lie on your death. It destroys your credibility.
10. Variety and location. Variety serves as a "wakeup call" to his audience examples of adding various:. Humor, relevant stories, quotes, voice inflection, peer activities and breaks the group, Public Participation in the period questions and slides or multimedia. As for your site, your visual aids appropriate to the size of your audience? Everyone can see them?
Finally, be sure to confirm the date, time and place with the appropriate contact person. If possible, in order to see the room in advance so that you can practice in visualizing the exact location of the presentation. At a minimum, arriving at least an hour ahead of schedule. Improve their ability to speak in public, and to overcome nervousness, nothing works like preparation.