Effective Public Speaking Tips

Don’t you want to be an effective public speaker?

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Check out the Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking written by Richard Zeoli:

  1.  Perception: Stop trying to be a great “public” speaker.
    “To become an effective public speaker,  focus on the speaking and let go of the “public.”  Think of it as a conversation between you and the audience. If you can carry on a relaxed conversation with one or two people, you can give a great speech.”
  2. Perfection: When you make a mistake, no one cares but you.
    “Even the most accomplished public speaker will make a mistake at some point.  Just keep in mind that you’ll notice more than anyone in your audience.  The most important thing a speaker can do after making a mistake is to keep going.”
  3. Visualization: If you can see it, you can speak it.
    ” The best way to fight anxiety and to become a more comfortable speaker is to practice in the one place where no one else can see you—your mind. If you visualize on a consistent basis, your mind will become used to the prospect of speaking in public, and pretty soon you’ll conquer any feelings of anxiety.”
  4. Discipline: Practice makes perfectly good.
    “Your goal is not to be a perfect public speaker.  There is no such thing.  Your goal is to be an effective public speaker.  Like anything else in life, it takes practice.”
  5.  Description: Make it personal.
    “People like to hear about other people’s experiences.  Tell stories.  Whenever possible, insert a personal-interest element in your public speaking. “
  6.  Inspiration: Speak to serve.
    “In all of your preparation and presentation, you should think about your purpose.  How can you help your audience members achieve their goals?”
  7.  Anticipation: Always leave ‘em wanting more.
    “Always make your presentation just a bit shorter than anticipated.  If you’ve followed the first six principles outlined here you already have their attention and interest, and it’s better to leave your listeners wishing you had spoken for just a few more minutes than squirming in their seats waiting for your speech finally to end.”

Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environments. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.