How to be a better speaker

3 Ways to Improve Public Speaking Skills

First of all, if you want to be an effective public speaker and improve your public speaking skills, you must get over your irrational fear of giving speeches and talking to large groups of people. Some people lose sleep for weeks before giving a speech, while others shake violently while they are speaking. This is a unnecessary evil and it can be dealt with easily with a little motivation, inspiration and perspective. Just like with anything else in life, you need training. You didn’t just KNOW how to use a toilet…you were trained! I know it sounds silly, but it’s true.

Also, it is important that you can stand behind any statement, statistic, argument or point that you put out there and back it up with reliable evidence or citation. If you can’t back up your arguments, the audience will lose interest fast and you will not be respected. Try to be more general in your speech, some people are easily offended and you really want things to go nice and smooth so tickle everyone’s fancy.

Don’t start talking about your beliefs about God or who should be the next president. Stick to your topic and if you are going to use humor, which is always a good thing… make sure it’s on topic! Nothing is worse than telling a bad joke that is off subject and losing everyone’s attention, trust me.

Finally, you want to grab your audience’s attention within the first couple paragraphs of your speech or presentation. Provide a really powerful headline or a shocking statistic (that you can back up of course). This will always snag your listeners attention and keep them waiting for more. It’s a time tested technique and you can use it to improve your public speaking skills dramatically. Once you have the confidence of knowing people WANT to hear what you have to say, it’s all uphill from there!

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