Tips to be a Great Public Speaker

Melwyn Abraham By Melwyn Abraham, 30th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Learn how to be a great public speaker - Manner, Matter and Method

How to be a great Public Speaker - THE 3 BE’S OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

#1 Fear in the world is not Death

What could be more terrifying than the fear of dying? According to research most people have a bigger fear – PUBLIC SPEAKING. That is probably what prompted to quip, “I guess we’d rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.”

We all have to do it at some point of time be it a team meeting, a public presentation, a wedding toast or an award ceremony. We watch our heroes, the celebrities, politicians, leaders and even bosses impress hundreds and millions with their public speaking and sometimes wonder is that a gift they are born with. Yes it’s true some people are born natural speakers but that does not mean that you also cannot master the art.

A few simple steps will help you get there.

I call it the 3 BE’s or simply put – METHOD. MANNER. MATTER.

1 BE YOURSELF (Method)

Why be anyone else when you can be you.

Ashton Kutcher’s speeches as Steve Job is unlikely to be as inspirational as Steve Jobs actually was. Don’t think that will ever happen.

It’s good to have a role model or to emulate the success of another presenter but never try and copy the style. Just go with what is natural to your individual self and what would suit your personality. Focus on your content and what you want to convey and not how to impress the audience.

Successful speaker always:
I. PRACTICE your own style
II. VISUALIZE the event
III. PERSONALIZE the content and style

2 BE CONFIDENT (Manner)

Confidence makes all the difference.

Have you ever been impressed with a presentation where the presenter didn’t seem convinced about the topic/ content? Odds are it sucked not only for him but for his audience too.

Nobody else knows what you have lined up in your speech and presentation and chances are you are the subject matter expert on it or at least your perspective on it. Go out there, stand tall and deliver like you were born to do this.

5 pointers that will help are:
I. Speak CLEARLY
II. Start STRONG
III. Speak LOUDLY but do not shout
IV. Make EYE CONTACT but do not stare
V. End STRONGER

3 BE PREPARED (Matter)

Preparation is half the battle won

Can you imagine Martin Luther King starting off with ‘I have a dream” and not knowing what to say next? I bet that it wouldn’t have achieved the cult status it did if he wasn’t prepared.

Content is king and at the end of the day what you say and how you say it matters. The greatest speakers are story tellers. Its human nature to be enchanted by stories. So pay detailed attention to your matter and personalize your communication. It’s not about you, it’s about the audience and how you connect with them. Give them food for thought and leave them wanting more.

The best content is always:
I. Well RESEARCHED
II. PERSONALISED
III. POSITIVE in tone
IV. AMUSING in parts
V. Well-REHEARSED

Great public speaking skills can sometimes lead to greater things such as a career advancement opportunities, leadership opportunities or even make you a celeb in your own right. If majority are afraid of public speaking then they are bound to admire those who aren’t.

Be that Minority.

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Body Language, Content, Presentation, Public Relations, Public Speaking

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. I've done some public speaking and I've found that it helps to be prepared.

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author avatar Melwyn Abraham
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy. I have been doing public speaking since the age of 12. I would love to hear your tips too.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Melwyn, I find knowing your subject very well works the best because your audience will know if you are hesitant to say something. Then there may be questions after your speech and you need to know the answers.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Very good tips, thanks Melwyn.

I remember being asked to address a gathering on a subject I was not well versed in. Then I decided better to avoid such invites as better to come prepared than waste others' time too - siva

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author avatar Melwyn Abraham
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Yes, its always best to go prepared or limit your speech to what you know well. Otherwise make it personal so that you don't talk about it as an expert but more like you are sharing an opinion.

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