“If you’re not comfortable with public speaking – and nobody starts out comfortable; you have to learn how to be comfortable – practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust.” ~ Hillary Clinton
Fear Of Public Speaking
A lot of people are afraid of public speaking because they don’t know what to do. Most people only participate in public speaking through their work or schooling. The judgmental school setting teaches people that they are being graded on their speaking. This is not how the world of real public speaking functions.
Academic VS Real Speaking
In the world of academia, speaking is based on enunciation, use proper speech, and trying to impress others. In the real world, Public Speaking it’s not about impressing others, it’s about selling and being passionate.
Academic speaking may work in the educational world, but that style has a negative effect elsewhere. People are too busy to figure out drawn out speeches. They want passion and energy in the real world of public speaking.
Connect With Your Audience
When you are talking to others, the most effective speech is a passionate one. People will only buy into those who speak from their heart. When you are real, you aren’t going to please everyone. Judgment is what worries most people about public speaking. Knowing that you won’t please everyone doesn’t mean that you are a poor public speaker.
Benefits Of Public Speaking
1) Gets you out of your shell
If you have anxiety about public speaking there is only one way to grow and over come that fear, just do it! Public speaking will push your boundaries, make you a stronger person, and better leader.
2) You become the Expert
When you are up there with the microphone people begin to view you as an expert. People are looking to you for advice, knowledge, and value. If people like what you say, they will hunt you down.
3) Develop clarity and focus
Public speaking forces you to be concise. If you are speaking with a time limit and a lot of information to share you have to get to the point.
An old adage of public speaking is to “tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them.” By repeating yourself, you give your audience a better opportunity to grasp and retain new information.
4) Positive energy exchange
Once you’ve become more comfortable with public speaking you start to experience that energy exchange between you and the audience. When you bring your authentic experience and knowledge to the audience, you provide them great value. It’s a gift. Your experience and knowledge may be the exact thing that your audience is needing to hear in that moment.
5) Bring Value
So focus on bringing great value to your audience. They need your knowledge and ideas. Give your audience something to walk away with from your speech. A good goal for your speaking is to focus on three ideas that you want people to take away.
This technique is called the rule of Three. Identify three main ideas. Then fore each main idea, identify three subtopics to reinforce those main points. Within the subtopics, you might have a story, a quote, a list, or thoughts that reinforces the idea. Three ideas will create about 15 minutes of speaking. To do an hour speech, then you just stitch four 3’s together. Simple!
6) A Great Way to Grow
Public speaking is a great way to grow! Not only do you push your own boundries, but you learn to communicate more clearly. You can use it to connect and build relationships. You can get to know people, and are able to offer them the gift of your authentic self.
Practicing your speaking will give you confidence and smooth out your presentation. There are even groups online that you can join to do this, for instance ToastMasters. Know that it may take time to find the right group to practice with that fits the style of speaking you wish to learn. Getting in front of a supportive group when you’re getting started is really important.
Another good place to practice is National Speakers Association. This is a group for professional speakers and focuses on the business of speaking.
If you’re looking to get more into speaking, our Global Coaching Consortium (MCGCC) here at MorningCoach is another group you can get involved with. It’s important to have the support of a group, or a coach to help you develop your speaking skills and confidence.
I can do this…
There are a lot of resources that you can use to get started as a Public Speaker. However, the most important resource is inside. Your mind is your most powerful resource. You have to believe that you can do it. Tell yourself, “I can do this, it’s easy for me.” Then, practice! Soon, you will be a great public speaker!