Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking and individuals who suffer from this usually avoid speaking in public. This fear is found in people who have social anxiety. Unfortunately, if this fear is too much, it can significantly cause problems.
Many people would relate to the words “butterflies in the stomach,” and some common symptoms would be sweating, shaking, nausea, accelerated heartbeat, and dry mouths.
Steve Jobs was not a gifted orator and would take two days to prepare for a presentation. He would deliver his speeches effectively because he practiced and worked hard.
I will break down the fundamentals of being a good public speaker below.
1. Practice and Prepare
Steve Jobs knew the importance of practicing and preparing beforehand, which made him a very good public speaker. The best way to overcome anxiety is to prepare, prepare and prepare some more. Do it in front of a mirror, get someone to listen and give you feedback, just do it!
Rehearse your presentation and revise rough spots over and over again until you get it right. Go over your notes several times until you feel confident and comfortable presenting them. It doesn’t have to be complicated or scary as long as you have practiced and prepared.
Be real, be authentic, and be yourself. Have a mental picture like you are presenting to your spouse, friend, or deskmate with whom you’re completely relaxed. This is the state you need to be in if you want to have an authentic rapport with your audience. Let your audience see you as a real person.
Be yourself and take your audience on a journey with powerful affirming words and non-verbal communication. Believe in what you’re saying and show your audience your true self through your words, body language, and voice. If you are real and have a connection with your audience, then you will get engagement.
Engage your audience by telling a story, cracking jokes, sharing a personal experience, talking about current affairs, or even doing simple body exercises. Grab their attention at the beginning of your presentation and close with a dynamic end.
Use the power of louds and softs to accentuate certain sections of your presentation. Call out individuals in the audience and ask them to come to join you for a demonstration. You could also do something unexpected.
Keep your audience guessing by holding bits of information to be released later. Leverage the power of storytelling because stories are known to hook audiences.
"Knowing the purpose of your speech will help you to communicate the message that you want to convey to your audience, and develop great content."
Think about whether your purpose is to persuade, inform, inspire, motivate, or entertain. If you have more than one purpose, stick to them and don’t deviate.
When you have a clear purpose, your message will resonate with your audience. Once you know your purpose, this will help you better strategize and focus your communication to the right people and in the right way.
Know your audience in advance. The way you would speak to the c-suite would be different from the way you would engage with the youth. Assess their needs so that you can know how best to address them.
You must know which grammar to use for which audience. For some audiences, it would be appropriate to use some slang words, while for others, that would be wrong.
Clear articulation of yourself is a must for all audiences. Having clarity on what matters most to your audience allows you to align your speech topic with their most deeply-held values.
Your body is the vehicle through which you communicate and audiences can tell from your body language and voice if you’re nervous and not sure of what you’re saying. Identify your strengths and use them in your presentation. This will help calm your nerves.
Know when to pause and to take deep breaths. If your audience notices that you’re not relaxed, they’ll disconnect from you and disregard what you’re saying. Some people chew gum a few minutes before making a presentation to increase alertness and help reduce anxiety, others drink water, while others take deep breaths.
It’s different for everyone. Always keep your mind and body healthy, this helps too.
Familiarize yourself with your environment before making your presentation. Analyze the size of the stage, the sitting arrangement of the audience, and any props that you’ll use. Use your audio visuals wisely, if they’re any.
Use your hands and voice effectively. Don’t be all over the stage. Remember to always use whatever platform to your advantage. It’s not always that you must move around, for some presentations you may be required to stand at a podium with minimal movement. Know your environment and what is required of you, and use it to your advantage. Click Here To Subscribe To Our Newsletter