Today, public speaking is more about the conveying of ideas and less about the speaker. The attention of the audience is caught by the information and ideas rather than the elocution and performance of the speaker.
If you are new to public speaking and presenting it is an anxiety inducing prospect. This is an entirely normal response. Conquering the “barrier of public speaking anxiety” is an important step in career and business advancement – many an opportunity is lost because of a hesitancy to start.
The ideas expressed here will get you on the first steps towards public speaking and presenting to groups mastery, so that you can obtain the benefits of being an effective speaker at your workplace and business or even as a professional speaker.
Proper Preparation and Presentation Necessary
Master the subject you are to present, be as knowledgeable as you can. It is important that you are convinced about your ideas and information so that you can presently forthrightly and with enthusiasm. If you have not mastered your subject you can not hope to master your audience and speak with conviction.
The material you present should be thoroughly prepared but also personal, because to present it effectively at a management meeting or to present to a group convincingly it is important to put yourself into your talk.
Fighting Your Fright
The first real lesson in public speaking is gathering up the confidence to try. A speaker must realise that it is not the audience he fears but themselves. Your listeners will typically want you to succeed and will be supportive towards you.
It is a normal human anxiety that is faced by most speakers when they first start. Experienced speakers can still suffer with “nerves” but they may refer to it as anticipation and use it as motivation to deliver an effective speech. By careful preparation and practice you will add to your self-confidence. The better prepared you are the more self-confident you will be when delivering your speech.
Persistence Pays Off
Public speaking and presenting, more than any other human activity is learned by doing and improved with practice.
Any normal person can become a successful public speaker by being natural and working at it on a consistent and regular basis.
Your first appearance need only be brief – it may only involve stating your name and occupation. Use something like “This is my maiden appearance before an audience and frankly I’m scared stiff. My name is….and my business is……..
Find someone of experience to evaluate your speech and ask for feedback. Their observations if implemented will greatly help in improving your public speaking skills.
Public speaking today is in the grasp of people who are prepared to take the first step. It is about the effective conveying of ideas not about a polished performance with little or nothing to say. The advantages of confident speaking are many and are in the grasp of those willing to take that first step.