Public speaking is a crucial skill to master when looking to advance within an organization. While many people associate large audiences with the term public speaking, in the business world, public speaking can refer to conferences, lectures, classroom lessons, management meetings and even phone conferences. Follow the tips below to improve your public speaking skills.
1. Practice, practice, practice. Professionals recommend that you spend approximately three times as long as your presentation practicing in order to be prepared. So, if you have an hour lecture approaching, schedule at least 3 hours of time to practice your speech.
2. Know your Material. Don’t wait until the day of your presentation to review your material. Waiting until the last minute will only amplify your nerves, causing you to make unnecessary mistakes. Review your material and ensure that you are comfortable before going on stage.
3. Relax. It is natural to be nervous when presenting. Take a deep breath once you start a conference call or walk onto stage. Then, after you face the audience, breathe again and begin. Many presenters often find something to focus on that enables them to relax; a focus point, an individual within the audience or an image within their mind.
4. Know the Room. If you are giving a live presentation, be sure to observe the seating arrangement, exits, the stage and any other features of the room before getting on stage. It is easier to present when you are familiar with your surroundings.
5. Gain experience. While this seems like common sense, it is true. The more experience that you have giving presentations, the more effective you will become. Seek opportunities to speak, no matter how large or how small they are. Your skills will improve exponentially with experience.
By following these 5 easy tips, your public speaking skills will improve in no time.
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