Speaking in public is one of those things that goes a long way for most people. Having to face an audience is something for which one is not born prepared, and it is normal to have doubts and be nervous. But for many people, it is an insurmountable barrier, capable of unleashing unpleasant fears and symptoms, creating a crisis of mistrust towards oneself that can even lead to panic. Rest assured, there are ways to overcome this paralysis and to deal with fears. With a bit of preparation and knowing the key points, we can leave anxiety behind and face the challenge. After all, even if we don’t need to speak regularly in front of a group, there are many situations in which the skill of prayer can help us advance our career and create career opportunities. In this article, we give you tips to speak in public like a true public speaker. With these tools, you can give a speech safely and without nerves.
Before Speaking in Public
Before facing the public, there are several things we can do to be successful:
- It’s okay to admit that you are nervous: even the best speakers feel the nerves’ pressure before a public intervention. Rather than trying to calm ourselves by taking painkillers artificially, it is better to transform nervousness into positive energy and enthusiasm. Think that if you were completely relaxed, your speech would probably not have the same quality.
- Avoid equating public speaking with your self-esteem. If the problem is that you do not believe in yourself or your abilities, we give you some tools to identify the origin of low self-esteem and the guidelines that must be followed to overcome it. They are tools that serve to discover the limitations with which we live and transform them into opportunities for improvement. Mistakes are to be learned from them.
- Practice: if you have a recording of a previous intervention of yours, you can visualize it and identify the trouble spots. You can also attend conferences and see how other speakers develop, learning their techniques.
- Arrive Early: it will help you get to know the environment and visualize the audience with more peace of mind. It’s important to have an informal conversation with audience members before you begin.
- Organize your information in a simple pattern that the public can easily recognize, using various types of material such as examples, statistics, or quotes so that interest does not wane.
- Organize the speech in a structured way. Use the introduction to set the audience’s expectations and have a conclusion ready to summarize the explanations and make a final point and go straight to it if you find that time is running out. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to a rigid script; it’s quite the opposite: the structure must be varied and straightforward in its form and content.
At the Time of the Exhibition
- Body Language: Try to maintain a dynamic attitude, varying the tone and intensity of the voice and making the best possible use of your hands to transmit the information. Remember that body language is as important as a spoken language, but try not to walk around the stage or play with objects or with your hair as you distract the audience and show insecurity.
- Plant Your Feet: Your feet must be well fixed on the ground. That transmits your physical balance that will be reflected in your emotional balance. On the other hand, you should also avoid crossing your legs if you are standing.
- Breathe: A deep breath every few minutes not only helps you relax but also allows you to set the pace of your exposure.
- Addressing an Individual Person in the Audience: This is a very effective technique. While addressing a large group tends to intimidate us, speaking with just one person is the most normal thing in the world for the vast majority. Therefore, you can choose someone from the audience that you trust and pretend you were addressing them exclusively as if the rest were not present.
- Use an Audiovisual Support: With a projection, you divert the attention of yourself, illustrate the contents of your exhibition, and make the presentation more enjoyable for the viewer.
- Being Wrong on Purpose: If the problem lies in fear so great that it causes us not to react as we would like, you can follow our advice to identify your fears and overcome them, thus avoiding their appearance. When we have overcome the fear of making mistakes in public, we are prepared to make mistakes “on purpose.” It may sound paradoxical, but making “silly” mistakes like not finding a piece of paper or dropping something on the floor can make the atmosphere more relaxed and bring you closer to your audience. In the same way, jokes and jokes make it easy to break the barrier that separates you from the public.
- Focus: Pay attention to and focus on the viewers who agree to your words! There’s nothing that causes a greater sense of security than having interlocutors who get your message. And with greater security, your message becomes more explicit, and the number of receptive viewers increases.
- Show Mastery on the Subject: Although humor can win over the audience and make you feel comfortable, it is useless if they see you doubt your knowledge. The more you know about the topic you are talking about, the more confident you will feel. Therefore, you should always try to communicate some of your personal thoughts on the matter, which you should have prepared in advance, so that the public perceives that you are involved at a deep level, not just reciting some knowledge.
- Don’t Panic for a Moment of Silence: In the context of a public speech, silence can be thunderous, but sooner or later, any speaker loses the thread of his presentation. Now is the time to take a deep breath and let the audience absorb what they just heard before refocusing their attention on your words.
- Prepare for Mistake: Even the most experienced speakers make mistakes often. It may be that a projector does not work or that you cannot find some data. For these embarrassing moments, you must have a prepared exit, like an anecdote, that allows you to redirect the situation and projects the feeling you are in control.
There are many more techniques that we could share, but with the ones we have mentioned and with practice, facing an audience without succumbing to panic is within everyone’s reach.