“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first “ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t you want to know how famous public speakers Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill become good at the art of public speaking? But remember none of them were superheroes with magical powers. So what makes them different from rest of us? It is their willingness to accept challenges and turn them into opportunities. Recent speakers such as Tiny Robbins or Oprah Winfrey became good at what they do which public speaking by practicing and willing to put whatever effort to excel at public speaking.
So, let’s see how you can you develop your public speaking skills:
Public speaking is an art and it can only be mastered by passion and dedication. A speaker knows what they are good at and try to stick in his area of expertise. For example, a doctor is good at medical science and entrepreneur is good at creating businesses but what happens when they try to speak on each other’s domain and forget their own expertise. It results in poor presentation because they cannot spark enthusiasm is others if they are not motivated. So pick topic wisely at which you can comfortably speak with passion.
Do you know Simon Sinek, a third most watched speaker on TED Talks, was an introvert. He did not get to where he is today just by luck but by numerous practice sessions on and off the stage. There is a proverb “Practice Makes A Man Perfect” is true for Simon and other speaker too. So remember to practice the art of speaking in front of mirror, friends and family members on regular basis to become good at it.
We humans are social creatures and our society is surrounded by stories such as folk lore and legends form many centuries. So why it is used? Did you ever think of that? Our ancestors decoded the science to make things memorable by making story around it. Whether is the children’s story or any Zeus legend, everything has a storyline with characters and some moral to learn from it. That is why we love to recite stories again and again and is the reason how stories were passed from one generation to other. So if you want to make people remember your speech then make some story line and tell it like story so that people will remember it and pass on to others.
Jaw Dropping Moment
Great speakers create content to engage their audience and leave a long lasting impression. For instance, when Bill Gates gave his Ted Talks on malaria he opened a jar full of mosquitos just to create jaw dropping moment by saying” there is no reason only poor people should have the experience” and internet gone viral with headline “ Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd”. So use your creativity to create a memorable moment either by doing stunt or something interesting to spread it like a virus.
Many people have stage fear and it is an unusual thing. Everyone becomes nervous when they step on a stage and so what makes great speakers different is how they control their fear and present themselves as a confident person. Some techniques are widely used to calm yourself before you go to podium. Speakers like Amy Cuddy and Julian Treasure offers some tips such as power poses in the ted talk “Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are” and voice warm up exercises in the video “How to speak so that people want to listen by Julian Treasure Ted Talk” . So remember to try them before your speech and see remarkable effect.
We saw how one can transform themselves from poor to great speakers by implementing passion, practice, jaw dropping, and becoming comfortable.
So did you tried this techniques before or do you have some other tips to share with us then please share those with us.
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