Why is public speaking important? There are many times in your life where you may need to speak in front of a group of people. Whether it is sin a classroom while presenting a project, in your workplace or in your community. It is important to be confident when speaking in front of your audience, whoever they happen to be. This public speaking ability is valuable to anyone who wants to take an active role in their community, workplace, or in the world! One of the most important things about being able to confidently and efficiently speak in front of a group of people is: speak about things that you are passionate about! Much like writing, if you aren’t passionate people are going to know. First of all, you’re going to need to outline the speech, and if it’s something that you’re passionate about you’re not only going to know a lot about the topic to start with but you’re going to want to research more. Also, it will reflect in your tone of voice.
A good tip is, build on things that you already know. You know how to have a conversation with someone, so build on that. When talking to a friend about something that is important you make sure that you are understood. Also, if there is a stranger involved you tend to get to know their interests before bursting into a topic that they may not care about. Know your audience before you speak. Know what they’re interested in, know what might offend them. You are speaking for your audience, so it’s important that you understand them. And if you know nothing about them, watch their faces as you speak and you’ll quickly know how they’re responding to your speech.
Don’t be fluffy! No one wants to have to look up words that you’re using. Make sure that the words that you use earn their keep! If you try to make yourself sound smarter than you are, or use language that is above the intelligence of your audience then you are going to lose most of your audience.
Repetition is a good thing. Tell your audience what you’re going to speak about, then speak about it, and then remind them what you just told them. It may seem boring, but in actually it’s a way of making sure that your audience retained your information. Emphasize certain phrases or keywords and repeat them.
Breath! Not many people enjoy talking in front of a large group of people, but your audience can’t tell if you’re nervous. They can’t see if you’re shaking. They don’t know if you skipped something or if you adlibbed something. Have fun with it. Make eye contact, direct eye contact with as many of your audience members as possible. It will help them feel included and they will want to listen to you.