You can command the room when you can master these 5 public speaking skills.

Quite possibly you have attended an International Women’s Day event over the past couple of weeks.

Maybe more than one.

What has stood out for me was the fact that the speakers, either made the most of their opportunity to be in front of an audience and seen as the expert, or they didn’t and not only let the audience down, they also let themselves down.

I see this happen all the time.

Just because someone has expertise in a topic and wants to be a speaker…doesn’t mean they should.

Especially without some form of speaker training.

The three biggest mistakes I see often are:

  1. No set structure in the presentation
  2. Too many filler words like, like, um, ah.
  3. No Call to Action (or done badly)

Mastering public speaking is a multifaceted endeavor that requires honing various skills and techniques. 

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

These 5 tips will help you mastering public speaking skills:

  1. Tell stories: The ability to craft and narrate stories that engage and resonate with the audience is fundamental. Good storytelling can transform a speech from a mere transfer of information into a memorable and impactful experience. It involves structuring your narrative in a way that captivates the audience, using vivid imagery and emotions to make your message stick.
  2. Engage your audience: Understanding your audience and knowing how to keep them interested is key. This involves using rhetorical questions, interactive elements, and relevant examples to maintain their attention. Tailoring your message to the audience’s interests and needs ensures that your speech is impactful and engaging. 
  3. Use vocal variety and pacing: Your voice is a powerful tool that can convey passion, urgency, or calmness. Mastering vocal variety—changing your pitch, volume, and pace—can help keep the audience engaged and emphasize key points in your speech. Effective pacing allows your audience to absorb information without feeling rushed or bored.
  4. Be aware of your body language and presence: Non-verbal cues, such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, and posture, play a significant role in communication. They can reinforce your message, convey confidence, and make you more relatable to your audience. Developing a commanding presence on stage helps in capturing and maintaining the audience’s attention.
  5. Prepare and practice: Behind every successful speech is a significant amount of preparation and practice. This involves researching your topic thoroughly, organizing your material logically, and rehearsing your delivery. Practice helps in refining your message, timing, and delivery, and it also reduces anxiety, making you more confident on stage.

Mastering these techniques requires time, effort, and a willingness to take the step to learn how to do it well. 

The rewards in terms of audience impact and personal satisfaction can be immense.

To arrange a conversation with me to discuss how you can spice up your presentations with a story, arrange a complimentary 30-minute conversation with me.

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