There are many ways to succeed in public speaking, and there are hundreds of techniques, but one of the easiest and most effective is repetition. The goal is to be effective with repetition. But you should be careful not to overdo it because this will kill your public speaking. You must retain the audience’s attention and interest with each repetition of a subject or idea.
First, make sure you include your presentation materials with the speech. Make sure that you have a pen and paper at the ready. Also make sure that you memorize everything so that you can reference it easily in case you get stuck on something. When you are finished, you should take some notes and ask other people to comment and offer criticism as necessary.
Don’t talk too much during your speech. It is okay to have a minute or two of speech per minute of time that you speak. This makes the overall effect more powerful and less of a nuisance.
Include at least three to five minutes of interesting material. Also use the material, if possible, for exercises so that you will learn the material. Listening skills are key in public speaking. Practice using your speech to ask the audience questions about the material.
Make sure that you are following all the rules and regulations of the venue that you are speaking in. For example, in a public forum, a speaker should start with a call to action. She or he should describe what the activity is and why they should participate.
Keep your body relaxed, because your body and voice will become tense when delivering a speech. Your shoulders and back will begin to ache a little bit as you deliver your speech. Don’t let that stop you.
If you feel uncomfortable at any point, stop and ask others to tell you if you are getting uncomfortable. You will find that if you continue to give the speech, others will join in with you and become comfortable with you. They will be willing to help you if they feel comfortable around you.
You may find yourself a little bored with your speech. Try to pause between ideas for a short period of time. Use whatever form of relaxation you feel will work best for you. You may want to lie down in a quiet place while you relax and allow yourself to think about the other ideas you may have.
In an academic setting, you may want to do an address from memory, which is more difficult to do than speaking from a prepared text. The same holds true for making speeches in a non-academic setting, such as a business presentation. In non-academic settings, you may want to use slide shows instead of text.
When you are reading from a text, try to use your speaker’s voice. This will help keep the audience interested in the speech. In addition, you should feel free to express your ideas using your audience’s response to your topic, which you can read as a comment on your speech.
Public speaking is not easy, but it is a skill that can be practiced, especially if you listen to those who have practiced their craft. Once you know how to do public speaking properly, you can put that knowledge to work in many other areas of your life. Your career and social life will benefit from you knowing how to deliver a presentation, how to make speeches, and how to help other people.