Three Public Speaking Tips That Aren’t ‘Picture Them in Their Underwear’
Not everyone was blessed with the urge to wake up in the morning and grace a stage facing an audience of thousands. Nope, some of us would rather be the one writing the speech, or the one behind the spotlight, pointing it in the center of attention’s general direction.
Unfortunately, if you happen to be of the latter variety, and you work in business, sometimes there is just no escaping the task of public speaking. Though typically, if you are being asked to speak about something in front of an audience, whether it be just the team of six you manage or a board room of potential investors, you are considered an expert in some field- so congratulations! If you’re being asked to speak, you’re already considered to be someone who knows what he/she is talking about! So step one: learning about whatever it is you’re speaking about, is usually already a given. Now, you just need to focus on the confidence.
Here are three tips on how to find your inner superstar when publically speaking:
Wear your best outfit.
And I mean best. We all have one outfit, whether it’s a pencil skirt that’s form-fitting in all the right places for the ladies or a strapping tie-button-up combo for the gentleman, that, without out a doubt, makes us feel attractive no matter the occasion. When speaking in front of a group of people, we can have a myriad of little worries flying through our minds. Eliminate one of those right off the bat with your go-to, ol’ faithful outfit. When we look good we feel good, and, most importantly, we feel confident.
If you’re nervous about public speaking, “just winging it” is probably not the best route for you to go. Know your stuff and practice what you have to say in front of friends or family a couple times before the big day. It’s good to practice in front of a loving, supportive audience before being greeted by a maybe remotely interested, in-need-of-convincing audience. Though don’t practice more than twice- you don’t want to sound memorized or rehearsed if possible. Twice is enough to feel comfortable and familiar with what you’re going to say, but won’t sound like you’re reading off a paper.
Whose line is it anyway?
You remember the show- Drew Carey was host, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady played improvised games in front of a live audience, and much hilarity ensued. Well turns out, this form of comedy, improv, is great for business men and women who need some extra help in the public speaking area. Improv teaches you how to think on your feet, adapt to new situations, feel confident in front of an audience, and fine tune your sense of humor to use in any situation. Look up adult improv classes in your area, and just watch the difference it makes in your speeches. If you can make an audience laugh, you're guaranteed their attention.