Success in work sometimes requires that you become a success in public speaking

John was deathly afraid of public speaking. So when his employer asked him to speak to over 5,000 people at the annual convention this year, he knew he had to conquer his fear in order to achieve career success.  He knew that if he was not well prepared, he might embarrass himself and ruin any chance for success in his work future.

Success in public speaking was a requirement of John’s new work responsibilities. But John’s former work had never required him to speak in public, and he was afraid to reveal his lack of skill to his employer.

Success in Work Requires John to Master Public Speaking

John learned to quickly become comfortable speaking by using these practice techniques:

1. Organization is key.

A successful speaker has their speech topic well defined and laid out so that each part relates to- and builds upon the next part. One simple and effective scheme consists of an introduction that prepares the audience, 3 supporting points, and a conclusion that recalls the points.

2. Make and Use Notes.

Prepare several separate note cards that briefly contain key phrases and concepts. This way, one can quickly refer to the material during the speech, and present a more solid presentation.

3. Check your Research and Supporting Points.

While preparing your speech, you may find parts that may need verification or just re-written for more clarity. These small checks pay off big later on when your audience takes in the presentation.

4. Read the speech aloud to your self…several times.

When you have some, read the speech aloud to your self. Take note of your vocal tone; is it steady? Or could some parts be emphasized? Also think about if the parts make sense when read aloud; does it sounds appropriate for the topic and audience?

5. Practice, Practice, Practice, and then some more Practice.

Nobody is a natural-born public speaker; all of them have made dry runs of their material in front of the mirror, their parents, their cats, and even imaginary people in a hall of empty chairs. Getting yourself familiar in a public environment relieves many concerns of the novice speaker.

7 Tips for Success in Public Speaking

Do you want to increase your success in work?  Studies show that skilled speakers have more success in work than people with little ability to speak comfortably in large groups.

1. Know Your Audience, and Know Them Well.

Successful public speaker always do prior research into who they will be talking to. Is the topic interesting and appropriate for the audience? How would they be personally involved? What is the specific reaction that you want from them? Knowing the answers to questions like these do wonders to relive a speaker’s tensions.

2. When possible and appropriate, use visual aides.

The use of visual aides does wonders for a successful speech. Use aides that help to illustrate and clarify your written points. Visual aides provide another way of defining your topic to audience members who may not readily understand complex points. Caution should be taken, though, that the aides do not distract from the spoken material.

3. Try different methods of arranging the information.

Rote recitation of dry facts and figures may be appropriate in some environments, but many times, the simple re-arrangement of the supporting points into a timeline, a circular argument, or even a dramatic tale can breathe new life into your material.

4. If possible, relate your own experiences to the topic material.

Nobody knows you better than yourself; so if possible, tell how your own life and times relate to the material. Often enough, your audience members have similar experiences, and tapping into that kind of connection draws your audience right into your hands. Many successful speakers play upon the emotions of their audience in order to get the desired reaction, and soon the speaker is in total control.

5. Keep in mind that it is the speech material that is being presented foremost.

Many times, novice speakers believe that it is themselves that is being evaluated, when the audience is mostly concentrating on the speech itself. Meticulous preparation and practice helps to keep the public and personal focus on the material. This works incredibly well in boosting a speaker’s confidence.

6. A little fidgety? Use it to your advantage!

When we fidget with our hands and bodies, it is just the nervous energy trying to find expression; so use it!

Instead of burying your hands in your pockets or giving a podium a vice-like grip, channel that motion into walking about the stage, engaging your audience. Observe how successful speakers use their body to simply illustrate concepts of space and value; this also works to relate to the audience as they all can relate your movements to their own concepts.

7. Keep your eyes and ears open, and get creative!

There are infinite ways to thoughtfully and effectively convey information. Not every speaker uses a rigid structure, and not every speaker stays within the strict confines of their topic to illustrate a point. There are thousands of short videos of speeches of all varieties available online. Take what you like, and recognize what would not work for you. The most successful speakers in the world are those that tailor the material to their personal style, and make presentations as effortless as breathing.

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