A lot of people like the idea of being able to speak in front of the public with full confidence.
Confidence makes you sound credible, and the more credible you are, the more people are likely to support whatever advocacies you’re promoting.
Unfortunately, not everyone who wants to speak actually have the courage to do so. According to research, public speaking is the number one most feared thing by a lot of people. Imagine? More people fear speaking in public than death itself!
This speaks a lot about the people’s perception towards speaking. While there are individuals who are gifted with confidence and charisma to carry on the task just well, more people have to try harder.
If you are tasked to speak but find it difficult to connect with your listeners, then understanding what encourages them to listen could help a lot. Below are specific ways on how you can do it.
Every listener has his or her own reason for coming to your talk. Some might be looking for answers to their long-time question while others might be there out of plain curiosity.
Either ways, they’re in one way or another expecting something. The more you understand what makes them interested, the easier it is to relate.
It’s important that you be specific at the start of your speech. Addressing their needs as early as possible creates an anchor between you and your audience.
Don’t beat around the bush and tell them what’s this all about.
Building rapport requires you to interact. This can be done by using eye contact to your audience and using gestures as you deliver your speech. Doing so doesn’t only make you look more dynamic in front but also helps amplify the impact of your message.
Just make sure that you don’t make unnecessary gestures every time you say something. The key is timing.
Will you be speaking using a microphone or just your typical voice? How big is the crowd? How far are you from the audience. All of these things are crucial factors in identifying the appropriate modulation you should use as you speak.
The ideal modulation is neither too loud or inaudible. Using the right one helps provide convenience or comfort to your listeners.
We’re not just talking about native tongue here. We mean the actual way on how your audience likely speaks. Speaking to a group of lawyers for instance will obviously sound different when you’re facing freshmen creative writers.
To be relevant, you also need to pattern your mode of speaking in a way that would be understandable to your listeners’ profile.
Injecting humor to one’s speech is never easy. This is even made more difficult if you’re not naturally skilled in giving out random comedy spiels while speaking. It’s vital to understand that not all speakers can pull this off.
However, all of the excellent ones have somehow developed the skill to inject one or two dose of laughter within their speeches. You might not be able to use this technique on the first few instances of public speaking but constant practice helps you improve.
Maximize the time given to you by making sure you have everyone’s attention. While you can’t ultimately impress everybody with your speech, it’s important to get your message across to people who might need it.
Assess your current skill in public speaking and see which of the things we have on this list have you not tried out yet. Apply them on your next speeches and see the change!