Before i''ll give you some tips I know and read at that article , i''d like to say a few words about myself (pua19):
As an instructor , I consider myself a very good public speaker . Sometimes people are amazed by my ability to speak in front of a great audience without fear nor anxiety at all.
Below are some common mistakes public speakers make
while giving a speech , try to avoid
, or at least , reduce
- Starting without saying "thank-you": Many speakers especially who are novice commit this mistake. They start with the subject without saying thank you. The people like to be given importance and they feel great when they are being told "thank-you". Contrary to this, if the speech is being delivered internally within the organization, there is no need to say this word.
- Not maintaining an eye-contact: There are speakers who are good and can influence the audience but somehow during the speech can not maintain an eye-contact with the audience. The speaker reads out the lines of entire subject from the projector screen or somehow while speaking is not able to make eye-to-eye contact. This is the biggest mistake one can commit and must be avoided at all costs.
- Taking long pauses while speaking: Many speakers take long pauses because of the reason that they miss out on words. They are not very good communicators and also do not convey the right message while speaking. The use of right words is very-very important. This can be effected by taking up breathing exercises and also practicing to speak for long. In toto, the speaker should be able to say a sentence by maintaining a continuum.
- Shaking or moving while speaking: Often speakers are seen to be moving their hands and body while speaking. The body language is an asset and this should be utilized to make the best use of your opportunity as a speaker. Be comfortable and maintain your posture by standing straight. This is especially so when you are using a podium.
- Speaking the by hearted text: Some speakers just speak those words which seem to be by hearted. Never do this as it creates a negative impression. Speak in either a conversational tone or in a such a manner that it should seem to be authentic and spoken straight from the heart. Aditionally, have your own style which should look original and also do not imitate any other speaker.
- The voice-modulation is also very important and maintaining clarity in your voice will lend you credibility whenever you stand up to speak. Above all, in order to be a good speaker, you also need to be a good observer too.
Another tip i''d like to add (Pua19) , is always assume the audience is in your favor , and not against you, which''s true , because they are here just to allow you to transfer your knowledge to them , they came to hear you , therefore they''re on your side! you should''nt be afraid of them , thats what I tell myself before my speeches. (well atleast used to , with the experience you attain , you will get less and less anxious before a speech ) .