There can be a number of different reasons for you to speak at a conference event, but if you have been selected to do so, it means you will probably have something interesting to talk about! If this is your first time speaking in front of a crowd, you may feel quite nervous or apprehensive. This is to be expected, and sometimes feeling slight nervous can produce a better result! But to ensure you get the end result of a big round of applause and plenty of smiles, take a look at some of our tips below.
Don’t Make Any Last-Minute Changes
You will have undoubtedly put together a speech for what you are going to say when on stage. The important thing to remember about this is that you don’t make any last minute changes about what topics you are going to cover during the speech. The best thing to do would be getting the speech together a few weeks beforehand so you leave enough time to read through and memorise it. This way, when you speak you will already know exactly what you are going to say and will be able to ensure a confident delivery.
Include Some Visuals
When speaking, you are going to be the centre of attention, but by including some visuals with your speech, it can make the whole thing much more interesting. Creating a PowerPoint presentation that goes along with the things you are saying will help get your points across better to your audience and give them a richer experience.
There is nothing worse than having to watch someone speak to you who is lethargic and laid back in their approach. If you approach your speech in this way, the audience will instantly switch off and no matter how good what you are saying is, it simply won’t be received by the crowd. Therefore, you want to make sure you are move around whilst speaking and try and incorporate a few jokes into the speech.
Involve the Audience
When you are speaking at a larger conference, it can sometimes be easier for you to try and block out the audience and focus solely on what you are saying. However, this can make it very difficult for the audience to follow along with what you are saying. To avoid this, you will want to get them involved in your speech. Arguably, the best way to do this is with the classic “raise your hand if…” because it instantly gives the audience something to do and it allows you to speak with the audience rather than just speaking at them.