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 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>.