Having to speak in public might just as well be the experience that you desire as an individual, if you must do it well then you need to understand the rudiments before you get your hands dirty. If you are a newbie in public speaking then you may consider reading through this piece, as you are the reason for writing this article. What exactly is the reason for most people’s fear of public speaking? Is it a matter of mere nerves or perhaps it is a case of people not thinking of themselves as being capable enough as far as being articulate is concerned? Whatever it is there is always a guide for whatever it is you set your mind on and public speaking is one of them.
Here are a few points as to what you should look out for when preparing for your first public speaking task. You will do well to take them into consideration though this list is by no means exhaustive and you are at liberty to adapt the tips to suit your personal style.
Preparation – Mental stimulation must go hand in hand with the actual preparation towards the presentation. In other words, it is not just enough to conduct research, gather materials and find accurate facts, you must prepare yourself mentally and probably visualize yourself making the presentation and receiving a standing ovation in the process. When you take time to prepare yourself mentally, you put yourself in a better state of mind necessary for success.
Memorize versus Outline – If you are not reading off a teleprompter then you have several options but trust me memorizing your presentation might not just be one of them except it is a very short one. The reason is not rocket science, you just might be stuck somewhere in the middle of your presentation and end up not knowing what to say. Your best bet would be to make an outline of your presentation and to practice with it such that just by glancing at it you know exactly what to say.
Calm your nerves – You may have prepared adequately for your speaking task but when the time to make your presentation comes, you may end up as a bundle of nerves. The easy way out would be to try to calm your nerves, this you can do by taking several deep breaths, in truth as many as will make you be in the best frame of mind to make your presentation. Breathing in and out has a soothing effect on your muscles and body as a whole.
Eye Contact – Some people will advise you to look above the heads of your audience but it is advisable at least from experience to banish that thought and instead, focus on friendly faces in the audience if you are not able to look at all of them because of their facial expressions. You do not have to concentrate on just one person, as you do not want to pass off as a stalker instead of the presenter that you are.