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5 Essential Elements in Successful Public Speaking

The delivery of your speech in public relies on various elements from overcoming a fear of crowds to your knowledge on a topic. Whether you’ve delivered speeches before, or it’s your first time, it is important that  you say it effectively in order to maximize the impact on your audience. The following are elements you should have to ensure your speech is not just well done, but manages to get its message across expertly.

#1 Overcoming Your Fear

Public speaking is an overwhelming affair. In fact, it is the number one fear in North America! Overcoming this takes a number of steps. Begin by identifying what it is you are afraid of and finding a way to face it. Also ensure adequate preparation and practice, either in front of a mirror or with increasing frequency of the speeches you give. Tearing down your fear for public speaking is a gradual process but it is important as it affects your level of confidence with an audience.

#2 Knowing Your Audience

Your audience will have certain expectations of you, and in order to fulfill them, you need to know certain details about them. Aside from knowing how many there are, you should have a good idea what their age-group is and how much they understand the subject or topic you’ll be presenting. Whether they are experienced or novices in the subject, your delivery should be holistic enough to let them learn something new and emphasize on obvious points without undermining their intelligence.

#3 Researching Your Topic

An essential part of your presentation is in the knowledge you convey. For this reason, research should entail much of your preparation. Knowing your topic works well in your delivery and ability to answer questions from participants. In-depth knowledge of a topic keeps you from making sweeping statements and from having awkward moments in the middle of your speech or when questions come up, all of which can make your audience lose confidence in your capability to talk about the subject at hand.

#4 Having a Personality

You need to be relatable and impressionable to your audience. Personality is conveyed through your tone, body language and the general sense of expression. Find ways to squeeze in some personal opinions on the subject you’re delivering. You could illustrate points in your speech with stories drawn from personal experience so that your audience is also able to apply the knowledge you’re imparting to them in their own lives. Your tone should be clear and friendly, even in professional circumstances. Move up and down the stage to keep yourself from being stale in your delivery.

#5 Encouraging Audience Participation

Depending on the kind of speech you’re delivering, you might consider finding a way to engage with your audience. Small groups could be given room to ask questions or a platform to make brief statements that are moderated. If you’re dealing with a large group of attendees, you could have a catch word that they chant in response to points you make, to keep them alert and to emphasize the message of the talk you’re giving. Your speech then becomes less monotonous and focus shifts from you towards the people you’re addressing.

With a calm and collected resolve, public speaking can be a fun exercise. Skills acquired are also important in other areas of your life. It enhances your reputation, boosts your self-confidence, and helps you think and speak on your feet. Public speaking can go on to open up various opportunities for further engagement.

 

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