Giving a speech can be really intimidating. Facing unfamiliar faces, trying to remember the flow of your speech, knowing where to put your hands, and managing your props—all of these while making sure that the audience understands the message that you are trying to get across. As if this isn’t hard enough by itself, you need to deliver your talk in English? But what if English is not your native language? Now that’s another hurdle you have to get through.
In the previous blog post entitled 9 Tips on Using Eye Contact to Deliver Great Speeches, we discussed the value of making eye contact and even shared some tips on how you can use it to make your talks and public speeches even more powerful. However, along the way of mastering the technique, you may still find that some problems are unavoidable. This time, we listed them all down so that you are aware, and try to give some very helpful tricks on what you can do to solve or lessen the possibility.
Most speeches are structured without a question & answer portion. This is fine for short public speaking engagements. However, if you are giving long talks, workshops, or pitches, the situation is a lot more different. You have to make sure that your audience understands your message clearly, and so opening the floor to some clarification is highly necessary.
As discussed in a previous article, eye contact is a very essential technique that you can use to be an effective speaker aside from taking up soft skills training, hiring a speaking coach near you, etc.. However, this approach is often easier said than done. To help you out on this, we’ve listed 9 tips that you can use to master the art of maintaining eye contact.
Are you the type of person who’s having a hard time making eye contact when speaking to somebody or when doing public speaking? You see, eye contact is a very powerful way to to connect with your audience when giving talks or presentations. So if you answered yes on the previous question, this article specifically meant for you.
Being nervous before giving a speech is completely normal. Even those who you find to be really great public speakers were once in your shoes as well and are still probably feeling the same way every now and then. Is there a way to get over this? Oh yes, of course there is! That’s what we’re here for.
While a common misconception of the term “public speaking” is talking to a huge number of audience, this isn’t always the case. As a matter of fact, you’ll find that small group public speaking engagements are more common. Examples for this are sales pitches, corporate presentations, workshops, etc.
What do you do when you have a long test and you have to memorise bunch of theories and formulas? What do you do when you have a new mobile number, which of course, you have to memorise? Have you ever offered to take your friends’ orders in a fast food chain and ended up having to memorise a variety of complicated ones? What did you do? One technique you probably used was to keep repeating these things to yourself so that you would remember them.
Giving a talk is not an easy task. If you’re bombarded with a lot of information and ideas to present, you’d want to make sure that you will be able to communicate everything that you have to. And what’s the first measure that you can think of? Memorize your speech. It sounds like a great idea at first—being able to say everything and not leave anything out. But then you realize how tiring it can be and how much time it would eat up in order to memorize everything.
Were you ever tasked to talk about a seemingly dull subject? Something that may not be so interesting to the general public? There’s nothing more unnerving than the thought of seeing your audience bored and drifting off to snoozeland. However, you should know that topics like these are unavoidable. If you really want to be a good public speaker, you have to learn how to make those seemingly boring subjects come alive and engaging to your audience.