Communicating through Speaking
Public speaking is a very important workplace skill. You may often be required to present information and your ideas to your managers and coworkers. Those who can write very conveniently will fear speaking most severely. In a recent research, among Americans’ top fears, speaking comes first.
1. Public speaking
4. Financial trouble
5. Deep water
Stage Fright and Public Speaking
You know that stage fright is setting in if you have: Dry mouth, Sweaty or cold hands, Rapid pulse, Tight throat, Nervous or upset stomach, Shaky lips, knees, or hands. Despite all these things you must stand before the audience and speak. Fear is what stops you from going ahead. Fear requires a lot of energy. Instead of letting the fear undermine your talk, channel this energy in other directions. For example, using gestures to reinforce the main points of your talk can make it more dynamic. Communications consultant Richard Southern advises that you “get your body involved in what you’re saying.” This will add power to your presentation and keep your audience involved from beginning to end.
Try to think of stage fright in a positive way. Fear is your friend. It makes your reflexes sharper. It heightens your energy, adds a sparkle to your eye, and color to your cheeks. When you are nervous about speaking you are more conscious of your posture and breathing. With all those good side effects you will actually look healthier and more attractive.
The Eight Secrets of Successful Speaking
Although it is risky, humor is an effective tool if you can perfect it. Humor does
many things: relaxes the audience, makes your speech more enjoyable, negates any hostility that may be present, overcomes introductions that may be overly flattering, lets the audience know that you don’t take yourself too seriously and lightens up a dry subject. But overall lesson is that the best talks should be concise as well as compelling.
- Define the purpose of your presentation before doing anything else.
- Spend plenty of time preparing your talk so it will be effective.
- Hook the attention of your listeners early in a speech so they will listen to the rest of it.
- Tell the audience why you’re speaking to them at the beginning, the middle, and the end of your talk.
- Overcome stage fright by making it work for you.
- Use stories and anecdotes to bring your talk to life.
- Evaluate each talk you give so you can constantly improve your skills.
- Never stop practicing.
Then rehearse it several times. This will enable you to become comfortable with the talk and improve your delivery. Preparation and practice will make you a better speaker. Creating a successful speech takes time. It involves developing a clear purpose, analyzing your audience, creating a structure for your talk, and bringing it to life with interesting information. Once you have prepared the talk, put the key points on a few note cards.