Clever Tactics To Build Your Confidence In Public Speaking
Written on the 17 April 2018 by Janet Culpitt
I want to ask you a question; do you have a favorite speaker? Someone you admire and look up to? I'm sure you have one in mind whether it's a famed celebrity delivering a speech at the Oscars, a politician authoritatively declaring his plans for the country or even a pastor whose sermon can drive you to tears because he delivers it with such strong conviction. What do you notice about them? What do these speakers have in common? One thing I can assure you is all of them are confident and relaxed on stage.
You're probably wondering, can that happen to me? The answer is YES. However, confidence on stage doesn't happen overnight. It takes practice and knowing the fundamentals to effective speaking that will help build it up.
As you prepare for an upcoming speech, I encourage you to apply these three clever tactics that will help build your confidence in public speaking.
1. Know Your Audience
Before you draft your content, you should prioritise knowing your audience. Know who they are, their pains, their needs and their interests. When you know what they need to hear, you can then construct your content in a way that will resonate with them. As a result, you'll get nods; smiles and faces filled with hope because you know you've addressed their needs.
2. It's Not All About Content
If you're too focused on facts and figures, you'll lose sight of what really matters to your audience. All too often, speakers make the most basic mistake when delivering a speech: the belief that having a carefully researched and a grammar-free content is what captures the hearts of their audience. While it's true that making your speech flawless in terms of grammar and making sure you are stating validated facts are necessary, it's not the reason why your audience would want to connect with you, it's how you deliver your speech that matters. Show some emotions, share real-life stories that they can relate to, you can even share your own personal journey the rawness of your speech is what moves them and that is what you should aim for.
3. Just Breathe
If there is one thing I know, it's the fact that you can't be confident if you're not relaxed. Nervousness and tension can easily extinguish confidence, and mind you, your audience can sense it. My advice? To feel relaxed you need to learn how to do diaphragmatic breathing. This type of breathing allows more oxygen to get to your brain and your heart. The more relaxed you are, the more in control you'll feel and thereby leading to confidence.
If you want to learn how to become an effective speaker, learn how to build rapport and do business with the people you meet I am inviting you to the Evolution For Progress Event hosted by myself and Sharon Jurd on the 16th of May 2018 in Toowoomba.
Author: Janet Culpitt
About: Janet Culpitt is a mentor for passionate SME business owners, looking to expand their business and create a successful plan for growth and sustainability. Her life long experience in the business industry and entrepreneurship, allows her to educate and lead her clients to developing impeccable skills in networking, forming long lasting connections.Connect via: Twitter LinkedIn