MN Business Tip Of The Day: Get The Jump On Public Speaking

March 7, 2014  |  

If you’re like most people the thought of speaking in public strikes fear in your heart. But like most people there will come a time when a presentation must be given at work. Your desire to give your career a push may also prompt you to take the lead on a project. Public speaking is, therefore, an excellent skill set to have. Try these four tips to ease the pressure and get you off to a great start.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare! When you haven’t done the necessary legwork before your public speaking engagement, you’ll likely feel flustered and nervous. Your audience will pick up on these worries so be sure and be as prepared as possible. Write down or type out your content, rehearse (alone and in front of a few friends), and make the necessary adjustments.

Show Confidence. If you’ve adequately prepared this will be easier than it seems. You know the material and you have been given the responsibility to speak in front of a group of people. Take pride in your role. Make frequent eye contact and speak in a strong, clear voice.

Focus On Key Points. Your focus should be on the key aspects and main ideas of your speech. Once you are sure those will be stated clearly, you can be confident that no one will go home confused. However, you’ll still want to provide personal stories to balance the dry facts. This will allow your audience to relate to you and better help them connect to the main ideas of your presentation.

End With A Call To Action. Don’t let your speech fall flat because of a boring conclusion. End with a call to action from the audience. Doing so will help give your speech purpose and drives your point home. A powerful conclusion will also give the audience an idea of where to start now that you have finished speaking.

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