As a public speaker, making use of practical, evident-based communication tips are vital. Read on to learn how to create and deliver stronger messages, effectively manage conflict and develop solid relationships.
- Eliminate audible pauses
One of the best ways to improve your message delivery is to eliminate any unnecessary noises (yes, I’m referring to the “ums” and “ahs”). The first step to reducing these is to become aware of them.
- Get rid of distracting mannerisms
Moving your hands back and forth and up and down can easily cause your audience to start watching your hands, resulting in them having a hard time listening to what you’re saying. Video record yourself while you’re speaking and see if you dangle your hands nervously or do anything
else that may be distracting. If you’re guilty of any of this, make sure to start working on getting rid of these annoying habits ASAP.
- Don’t pay too much attention to notes
If you have notes in front of you during your speech, make sure your audience doesn’t see them. Also, avoid stapling notes together – flipping over pages during a speech looks unprofessional. Try to make use of notes as rarely as possible.
- Keep the volume appropriate
The only way for you to find out how loudly you speak is to have someone tell you. Keep the volume appropriate for the size of the room and audience – when speaking in a larger room, a microphone may be necessary. Another useful tip is to have trusted person sit at the back of the room before the
speech starts and have them tell you how clearly they can hear you.
- Practise keeping your speech within a specified time limit
When practising at home, have a clock or watch in front of you. You don’t want to be that speaker who goes on for too long, resulting in a bored audience. Not being able to finish a speech within a specific timeframe reflects poor preparation and looks bad on you as the speaker.
- Never apologise
If you don’t plan to start your speech off on a bad note, don’t apologise for anything – whether it be a lack of preparation or simply your newness. Remember, confidence is key and is a strong communication element.
- Always arrive early
Arriving before the time will ensure that you’re relaxed, calm and cool before you start your speech. It will also give you time to ensure that the room you’ll be speaking in meets your needs.
- Enjoy yourself
Try your best to calm your nerves before giving your speech by taking deep breaths and doing the best that you possibly can. Keep in mind that the worst that can happen is you can make mistakes that you can learn from. The best way to help your audience to enjoy your speech is to enjoy giving it!