How to Communicate Well in a Public Speech
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How to Communicate Well in a Public Speech

Delivering a public speech might become a daunting task if you lack self-confidence and knowledge about the topic being discussed. Prior to delivery of a speech in public, one should gather information about the people who will be listening to the speech, their likes and dislikes, popular people among them and much more.

The mere thought of public speaking shakes many of us. But, the fear could be done away with a little dedication. Here are some tips that lay the foundation of a good public speech.

 1.)    Smile:

A confident smile wins over the first battle over the audience. Don’t let the smile go until you are before the audience. It gives positive vibes to the listeners and you sound more real. But remember, the smile should not appear to be fake.

 2.)    Prepare yourself:

Rehearse before a mirror until you do it perfectly. The gestures, the body language, the pause, they all must compliment you on the stage. Ask a friend to listen to you while you speak. Take proper sleep before the actual day.

 3.)    Be Informative and Stick to the topic:

Obviously, the audience expects to gain some knowledge from you speech. So, prepare well and perform a thorough background study on the topic. The audience will fall in sync with what you say only when you are familiar with the topic.

4.)    Choose your vocabulary carefully:

What you say, must reach to the people present there. And for this, it is necessary that they follow what you say. If possible, avail the information about the kind of audience (age, qualification, etc.) you are about to face, beforehand. Now make sure that your speech is simple enough to be understood by them.

5.)    Eye contact:

Make eye to eye contact with your audience. It reflects your confidence, and on the stage, it matters a lot. You cannot reach to the audience unless you make eye contact with them.

6.)    Be interactive:

Involve the audience with you. Ask questions. Seek answers from them.  You may even ask them to share their views on the topic or ask whether they have any query regarding the topic. Be humorous. Audience involvement is surely a good sign.

7.)    Tell stories:

Tell stories to which the audience can relate. The story may be from your past or, inspirational stories about great men. It helps in grasping back the audience attention when the audience seems to be losing interest.

8.)    Keep it short:

Don’t drag it too long. Keep it simple and concise to the topic.

Do not let any fear overcome your abilities. Public speaking is an art that can be developed and nourished with time and practice. Sprinkle confidence in your attitude and you are ready to lead. 

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