Peter Spann’s Tips to Master the Art of Public Speaking
Do you hate having to speak in public? It’s time to overcome your fear. Read on to learn Peter Spann’s tips to master the art of public speaking.
Ever tried the age old trick of picturing everyone naked to get through a public speaking engagement, only to completely flop anyways?
If you loathe public speaking more than anything, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Knowing that you’re not alone in your fear can be comforting. However, comfort alone is not enough to get you to where you need to be, and where you definitely can be, as a public speaker.
So just exactly how do you subdue those nerves and master the art of public speaking?
Art of Public Speaking Tip #1: Find Your Biggest Critic
Love em’ or hate em’ (or both), we all have that person in our lives who isn’t afraid to just tell it to us like it is.
As annoying as he or she may be at times, this person is going to be your guiding light when it comes to mastering public speaking. This is because they will point out small critiques you may not have noticed yourself, such as overusing the word “like” or “so.”
Take this critiques seriously, but not personally, as they will only make you better.
If you don’t think you have anyone in your life who fits the bill, consider seeking out a public speaking coach.
Art of Public Speaking Tip #2: Use Your Body
If you think your voice is all you need to focus on when it comes to public speaking, think again.
Your body is your secret weapon for helping you become a public speaking master.
Moving around the stage, making eye contact, laughing, smiling, and showing sadness are all great ways to draw people in and connect with them.
Art of Public Speaking Tip #3: Be Real
Okay, you want to know why the whole imagining people in their underwear thing doesn’t always work?
Well, how often are you ever talking to a group of people sitting cross-legged in their undies?
Probably not too often, right?
In order to master public speaking, making a connection with the audience is super important.
So instead of the underwear scenario, imagine you are having a real conversation with one of your real friends or acquaintances. For example, imagine you are talking to the cashier you see every Sunday at the grocery store or your hairdresser.
Art of Public Speaking Tip #4: Leave Your Smarty Pants at Home
Speaking of your hairdresser, is it ever your goal to show off your impressive vocabulary and verbiage to them?
Keep this idea in mind for public speaking. You don’t need to use fancy language or technical jargon, as this will just put your audience to sleep.
So don’t be a dictionary, be a storyteller.
Art of Public Speaking Tip #5: Hook Em’ Early
And what does every great storyteller have up their sleeve?
A great hook to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
But don’t wait too long to deliver it. Usually within the first couple minutes is ideal.
Public Speaking Final Thoughts
Just remember, everyone, no matter how much of a bigwig they are, gets nervous about public speaking.
So don’t forget to relax, and maybe even enjoy yourself a bit.
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Written by Peter Spann
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