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Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog, Entertainment | 0 comments

Making The Most Of Your Speech: Tips For Public Speaking

 It is widely known that most people fear public speaking more than anything else, even death. Human beings have evolved as social animals with the need to be part of a community. But when we see the possibility of embarrassment or worse, ostracism, most people shrink back from public speaking. If you’re speaking at a public event from a classroom to portable staging to an auditorium, follow these tips to make the most of your speech.

Physical Relaxation

Nervousness often manifests itself in physical ways. Sweaty palms, muscular tension, fast heart rate, and unnecessary, distracting movements are hallmarks of our nerves spinning out of control.

To help alleviate physical tension, try the following meditation exercise.

First, find a private space, perhaps before you leave home, and lie down on your back with your eyes closed, palms facing up. You might find that a pillow helps decrease tension in your neck. Keep your breathing slow and even; this will help decrease your heart rate. Then, imagine the following images very carefully and vividly:

  1. Imagine a warm, safe place that makes you feel at home or at ease.
  2. Imagine the specific sounds, smells, and sensations of this new environment.
  3. Imagine a warm ray of sunlight massaging your feet, melting away the tension.
  4. Imagine that ray of sunlight slowly traveling up through the calves, thighs, pelvis, back, shoulders, chest, arms, neck, and head. Take time with each area of your body, at least 10 seconds each.

Having a physical looseness and relaxed state will put not only you but also your audience at ease.

Organized Outline

Many speakers make the habit of writing out every word they’re going to say. While this may be necessary for a televised event or for a symposium, where your words are going to be published in written form, such a practice can come across as contrived and stiff.

Many of the best speeches happen with real-time interaction with the audience. If you browse speakers of TED Talks, you’ll notice that they will have occasional phrases that are prewritten, but for the most part, they interact with their audiences and feel out their responses before moving on to the next point of their talks. These great speakers have this ability because of the outlines they use.

An outline breaks everything down into talking points, reminding you of the direction of your speech without restricting you. It allows you the ability to edit your speech as you go along.

A good outline is usually organized in the following way:

  1. Introduction
    • Tell the audience what you’re going to tell them.
  2. Talking points
    • The main talking points of the speech should be clear and concise. Try to have at least three talking points.
      • Supporting evidence comes underneath each talking point.
        • Anecdotal support can have a great emotional impact on the audience.
  3. Conclusion
    • Remind the audience what you’ve just told them and why they should care.

Of course, there are many kinds of public speeches, but the more organized and prepared you are, the more credible you will be as a speaker.

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