Blog 4: What makes a good public speaker ?

Good public speaking skills are important in other areas of life. “Being a good public speaker can enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence, and open up countless opportunities” (Mind Tools, n.d). Zeoli (n.d.) expresses people want to listen to someone who interesting, relaxed, and comfortable.

Strategies for becoming a Better Speaker: (Mind Tools, n.d.)

  • Plan Appropriately – The key to being a good public speaker is knowing your audience. To deliver a successful speech, it is to know what they want and what they need to know.
  • Practice – “Practice makes perfect!” It is the most obvious and most important step to delivering a great speech, it is to practice in advance.
  • Engage With Your Audience – By asking leading questions targeted to individuals or groups, will encourage people to participate and ask questions as well make the speakers speech memorable.
  • Pay Attention to Body Language – Standing up straight, taking deep breaths, using hand gestures, making eye contact and smiling will also help in making an effective speech as well sounding and looking a like a good public speaker.
  • Cope with Nerves – Drinking water or doing breathing exercises are some effective methods that will ease the nerves before delivering. By speaking slowly and taking pauses between sentences will allow the audience have a chance to digest what the speaker is saying.

For more information click here to visit Patil’s (2014) journal article on oral presentation skills .


Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M., (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press

Mind Tools. (n.d.). Better Public Speaking: Becoming a Confident, Compelling Speaker. Communication Skills From Retrieved from

Patil, Z. (2014), Oral Presentation Skills for Prospective Business Executives, The Asian ESP Journal, Retrieved from

Zeoli, R. (n.d). Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking. Retrieved from>.


One thought on “Blog 4: What makes a good public speaker ?

  1. Great! I do a lot of public speaking! and yes it takes a lot of practice to rid the nerves. Once you have mastered nerves you can move on to make the most of your speech.


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