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 .

References

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 MindTools.com. Retrieved from https://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/PublicSpeaking.htm

Patil, Z. (2014), Oral Presentation Skills for Prospective Business Executives, The Asian ESP Journal, Retrieved from http://www.asian-esp-journal.com/2005/12/04/oral-presentation-skills-for-prospective-business-executives/

Zeoli, R. (n.d). Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking. Retrieved from http://www.amanet.org/training/articles/seven-principles-of-effective-public-speaking.aspx>.

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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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