By Martin Ng : Public Speaking
What if it were possible for a public speaker to approach his presentation without fear?
The reality of the situation is that it is, with simple tricks — which really aren’t tricks at all.
The knowledge of what to do, what not to do, and possessing confidence in sharing your remarks are the only keys you need.
Let's face it, most people would rather do anything else than give a speech in public. They worry about an audience not liking them, doing something stupid, or committing a series of other mistakes that will make them appear foolish.
The result is that a speaker may not only fear a speaking engagement, but also feel ill to the point of fainting. But such doesn’t have to be the case, especially when a speaker remembers three things:
1. He CAN approach his remarks with confidence and share information in a professional manner
2. Avoiding certain foods or drink before a presentation may cause problems. Speakers also need to eat SOMETHING before speaking so they are not distracted during their remarks or experience dry mouth
3. Public speaking should be approached as if a speaker is having a conversation with a family member or friend.
Make no mistake, no one ever becomes truly engaged in a conversation, even he know the person unless they're either knowledgeable or passion about a topic.
The same is even more true for public speaking, in that a speaker has nothing to worry about if he has adequately prepared his comments and knows how to share his enthusiasm for a subject.
On the other hand, speakers who approach their presentation timidly will convey that nervousness to their audiences.
The subsequent result is that they will in fact make their fear of failing become a self-fulfilling prophecy, while those who are calm and well-prepared will succeed every time.
But it’s also a reality that even the most pumped speakers or those who are experts in their fields are likely to encounter some rough patches in their presentations.
One of those is going blank during their remarks. But, while such situations can’t always be avoided, there are also ways speakers can avoid them as well as methods of finding their way back.
Planning not only involves knowing what you plans to say, but also how and in what time period. That’s why rehearsing is crucial to guarantee everything sounds right in terms of diction and avoiding offensive remarks.
Rehearsing comments can also benefit a speaker in preparing for remarks to let him know:
1. When he needs to slow his pace so he can both be understood and meet time requirements
2. When he needs to add or delete information, jokes, or stories to either extend a presentation or lengthen remarks to meet the time allotted for a speech
The truth is, effective speaking requires your presentations to be brimming with relevant information, along with humor and analogies to entertain and help with your audience understand your topic.
However, organization of a speaker’s remarks is paramount in assuring everything ties together, is understandable and respects an audience’s time.
For instance, you must remember that your audience members will only respect you when you have shown them respect. Keeping this in mind will help you realize what is involved in keeping them interested in your comments.
That’s why the preparation of his remarks should include an analysis and exclusion of any remarks that are bigoted, expresses preferences for different groups, off-color, insensitive, etc.
Furthermore, even when a speaker is relaxed and prepared, things can still go wrong when it comes to problems with equipment and unexpected interruptions.
A speaker can never prepare ahead for such scenarios but, as with planning for what he wants to say, he can have plans for dealing with unanticipated problems.
The truth is this, confidence and preparation will have you ready for the next big speech, and planning will always prove invaluable for meeting last minute disasters.