You need to be passionate if you want to become a successful public speaker. People are not born with the skills of an effective public speaker, they need to work hard to develop such skills that require hard work and talent.
Well, it’s normal to face fear and anxiety during your speech, even the most successful public speaker can sometimes feel fear while presenting their speech in front of a large audience.
Here are some strategies to be a public speaker:
Research and Preparation:
“The fear of public speaking is a primal fear. You can train your body to not be crazy when you’re doing it, but it truly is a primal fear,” said Neal Brennan, an American comedian, writer, producer, director, and podcaster. He is known for co-creating and co-writing the Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show with Dave Chappelle.
If you are going to present your speech in front of a large crowd, make sure to first identify who is your audience and from what field of the industry, they come from. Identifying your audience can allow you to put a positive impact on your speech. Focus on presenting your speech that is appropriate for your audience and they are able to understand the motive of your speech.
Writing your speech:
Well, if you are presenting a speech then make sure to write all the important points that you want to deliver on a piece of paper. If you want to be effective in your speech then try to think about the best opening and ending line that can grab the focus of your audience in instant.
Some essential tips to be effective:
- Start your speech with a message or a quotation.
- Show a calm and positive attitude while delivering the speech.
- Make sure to create a short speech, maybe of 20 minutes. Just don’t make it boring.
- Summarize all your key points.
- Interact with the audience.
- End your speech with a motivational quote or message.
Practice your speech as many times as you can before the actual speech.
Here are some tips for practicing:
- Firstly present your speech in front of your friends and family members, and ask them for honest feedback.
- Provide clear and transparent information through your speech, so that audience does not get confused.
- Try to make eye contact with your audience and interact with them during the speech.
- Do not just stand behind the podium, try to walk around the stage while delivering the speech.
Handling the Q&A:
After the end of your speech, provide a question and answer session to your audience to give them a chance to clarify their doubts and expand their views towards the speech.
Try to answer all the questions with appropriate and clear answers, and also help them understand the main motive of your speech.Stephen Gleave is a successful public speaker and also experienced in Canadian Labor and Employment law, having worked for decades at the Toronto firm Hicks Morley, then transitioning in 2019 to DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, where he is a partner. Stephen Gleave is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association.