EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLIC SPEAKING 3 Comments / Communication, Education / By Abdul Rehman Khan EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLIC SPEAKINGIs a wedding coming up that you must make a speech for? Perhaps you have to give a presentation at work or school. No matter why you have to make a speech, you should aim for a positive impact. Use the tips below to help you to understand public speaking skills.PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLSLet’s discuss some of the critical public speakings tips.KNOW YOUR AUDIENCEKnow the audience that you will be speaking to. To help you get to know the audience, greet people as they enter, and engage them in some conversation. By doing this, you will feel more comfortable when you go to the podium. It is much easier to speak to people, you know.BE WELL PREPARED AND DO PRACTICEYou need to be adequately prepared when you have a speaking engagement. Be aware of all you would like to say. You should do some research so you can do a better job supporting your statements. Take notes of whatever you have to say. Practice your speech several times until you have it memorized. Being prepared will boost your confidence while delivering your address.TONE DOES MATTERThe tone of your speech should depend on who you are giving it to. For instance, if your presentation is work-related, it should be professional. On the other hand, if you are around friends and have to make a speech, you can be more personal. Base your whole speech on your audience.MAKE EYE CONTACTMake eye contact with your audience members. Doing so makes them feel as if you are speaking directly to them and helps keep them engaged. It also makes you appear confident and poised. Look at various members of the audience as you speak to help engage as many of them as possible.BE HUMOROUSYou will win your audience over if you add a little humor to your speech. There is nothing wrong with throwing in a joke or two and putting a smile on your audience’s faces. However, do not go overboard on the fun, as your audience will not take you seriously.CALM YOUR NERVESIf you are nervous when you first stand up to speak, there are a couple of things you can do. Choose one person toward the center of the audience to focus on or focus a point at the back. An EXIT sign is the right choice. This will help calm your nerves.BE HONESTDo not be afraid to let your audience know that you have no idea of the answer to some of their questions. People will respect your honesty and understand that you are human. This is much better than rambling on trying to convince them you know what is going on when you don’t.UNDERSTAND YOUR TOPIC WELLKnow your topic well. Take the necessary time to research your topic and learn all you can. When delivering your speech, try to be flexible. Allow participants to ask questions. If you do not know the answer, tell them that you do not know, but you will find the information out and make it available to the group at a later time.OPTIMAL SLIDES CAN BE BENEFICIALIt is a good idea to use slides as a visual aid, but do not allow this to be the most significant part of your presentation. If people notice that there is more on the slides than what is coming from your mouth, they will lose interest before you know it.AVOID SAYING SORRYNever say that you are sorry when giving a speech. You may think your audience knows you are nervous; however, most of the time, the audience will not even realize it. Move on if you make any kind of mistake.UNDERSTAND THE SITUATIONTry to find humor in the situation if things do not go as planned. There are many variables when you speak in public, which means that there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. The microphone or projector may not work, there may be an interruption in power, or someone may enter the room during your speech. Try to take things in stride. Taking things too seriously can result in you having a meltdown, so try to laugh off any issues that may arise.BE PREPARED FOR THE WORSTBe prepared for the unexpected. While you hope that nothing will happen to ruin your speech, try to plan for any contingencies. What will you do if one of your audiovisual aids does not work? What if the microphone fails? How will you handle audience interruptions or questions? Having a plan in place to handle possible issues makes it more likely that your public speaking experience will go well.WATCH PROFESSIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKERSTry watching professional public speakers. You can learn a lot from people that are famous for their public speaking abilities. Take note of how they speak and how they engage the audience. Figure out what it is that makes them successful. Try incorporating some of their habits and styles in your own speeches.To improve your public speaking skills, take tips from professionals. Many public figures give moving, and effective speeches, but so do other, less-prominent people. Watch people who give speeches to see what techniques work well for them. Try to incorporate those techniques to improve your own public speaking. Likewise, notice things that others do during speeches that do not work or that detract from their message and avoid doing those things.COMPANY DOES MATTEROne way to better your public speaking skills is by gaining experience in public speaking. After you have groups of people sit through a couple of your speeches and respond positively to them, you will start learning authority status. This can boost your confidence and help you become a better speaker.GET FORMAL EDUCATION ON PUBLIC SPEAKINGJoin an organization like Toastmasters or Qasim Ali Shah Foundation to improve your public speaking skills. This gives you a safe community in which you can practice your skills. Members meet regularly to make a presentation.They provide each other with constructive feedback and encouragement. This can help even the shyest person speak with confidence.There are many reasons why you must give a public speech. But, not everyone feels comfortable in the role of the speaker. Use the basic concepts and tips above to succeed at speaking every time. If you speak confidently, you will achieve positive results.