Planning ahead for a speech is extremely important, as this gives you the resources and self assurance that your speech will be excellent. Planning ahead will allow you to devise a speech that incorporates speaking techniques such as the rhetorical triangle and monroe’s motivated sequence. Think of your speech as the opening page of a book, if the first page doesn’t grip you, then it’s easy to become disinterested in the book. Find a way to really grip your audience, either with an interesting fact, a shocking story, or a funny joke. Once you have the undivided attention of your audience, it’s easier to feel more confident and in control of yourself and the outcome of your speech.
Practice Makes Perfect:
Although you may have read over your speech time and time again, it’s important to practice your speech out loud, pacing around the room as you do so. This technique allows you to get comfortable with your body movements and gets you to loosen up and start talking with your hands. When a public speaker talks using their hands, it assures the audience that they are confident and comfortable. Body language is extremely important, the more animated you become with your movements, the more engaging your speech will be. If you are a public speaker at a conference, then you are often demonstrating your expertise, selling your company and your professional capability to the audience, so it’s important to make a good impression.
Engage With Your Audience:
When you speak, try to engage with your audience by asking them questions, or directing a point at one individual. When you engage with the audience, you begin to feel less isolated and can help to build your confidence. Engaging with the audience also allows them to feel as though they are being spoken to, rather than spoken at, which will make their experience much more enjoyable. It’s also important to watch how you are speaking, for example, if you are talking too quickly, this indicates that you are nervous and can make the audience feel less interested in what you have to say.