Public speaking – how to perform well in front of others?

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Your supervisor asks you to present a new product in front of an audience of 100 people, and you can’t even think about speaking What to do?

Public speaking means that you stand in front of an audience and speak on an issue. In a sense, you are exposing yourself to everyone and telling them who you are. When you follow these tips, you will present yourself well as a speaker and will want to gain more oratorical experience.

Eye contact and body posture

When speaking, position your body in such a way that you are actually looking at the other person, being with them, not judging, but also not feeling judged.

Above all, do not focus your eyes on one point or one person. Others may get the impression that they are outside the bracket and watching the conversation going on. It is best to choose a few points to the right, left, and center of the audience, and look at them one at a time.

Looking is the ultimate thing. It will allow you to keep your audience alert and direct your speech according to their reactions. The gaze will tell you when to stop and get away from your notes.

No less important is the body posture you adopt towards your audience. Very often, unconsciously, for example due to fear or intimidation, the speaker looks as if there is no spark of life in him. A straight back and open chest will prevent this impression and make you feel confident.

Correct posture means that you stand firmly on the ground, maintaining a soft, relaxed body. Imagine combining the following while speaking:

  • you are facing the audience,
  • gesticulate freely and with appropriate speed,
  • you support your weight evenly on both feet,
  • release your diaphragm,
  • relax your shoulders and chest,
  • keep your head slightly elevated,
  • finding the right balance between stillness and excessive movement.
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Breathing and articulation

Breathing primarily helps you deal with stage fright, so it can’t be too shallow. When taking an inhale, push the air far into your diaphragm. By engaging your chest alone, you fill your lungs with too little air, making you tire faster. Breathing through your diaphragm will help you relax and focus on speaking.

A good speaker doesn’t rush. Speaking too fast is a common mistake among people who are not used to public speaking. This is one of the first things to work on, because speaking too fast entails poor articulation. As a result, the message becomes incomprehensible and tiresome to the audience. The more you care about your audience, the more you should take care of slow and clear articulation.

Contact with the audience

During public speaking, you should take care to bond with the audience. Your goal is to convey a specific message to them. By keeping constant contact with the audience, you know whether the other party has received your message well or not.

During the speech, it is good to interact with the audience again and again to keep their attention. Exchanging words will help you see how the audience perceives what you have to say to them. Here’s what you can do to ensure attendees are actively participating in your presentation

  • you ask one of the people present to rephrase what you just said,
  • encourage them to draw conclusions from the problem you just presented,
  • point the audience to a solution that they should find on their own,
  • ask them to justify their point of view or a possible interpretation of the problem presented.

The moment you step into the role of a speaker, you establish a relationship with your audience. Don’t forget that your outlook, attitude, and personal culture are all components of this interaction

If you decide to ask questions and the room is dead silent, start asking them yourself!

By encouraging the audience to actively participate, the speech becomes brisk and you come off as eloquent and brilliant in the eyes of the audience. Interacting with your audience, entertaining them, and asking them questions is the secret to a successful speech.

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