100 Public Speaking Tips

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81. Here are few tips in connection with analyzing a person's head language. When their Head is tilted towards you it means interest, while their Head tilted away is suspicion, disinterest and / or mistrust. When their heads are supported on their hands it usually means boredom. While nodding of their heads means interest in what they are listening to and agreement with the same. When a person looks around too much then they are either analyzing the others present or want to leave the room. While when they are looking at the door then they are expecting someone to enter.

82. Analyze your audience before your speech to write your speech based on their needs and wants. It's not the speaker's needs and wants that matter so it makes sense to write speeches only for your audience. This is a big mistake that many speakers make. They write their speeches for themselves, thinking that if they like their speeches then the audience is bound to like them too. This habit of seeing things only through your eyes can prove costly for you. Always write down your speeches in a manner that makes the audience happy. They should receive information that they will find useful in their lives. Everything you say must connect with them. How would you like it if I shared 100 personality development tips inside this public speaking tips audio book series?

83. You can piss off your audience by talking about religion or politics. Stay away from both unless that's your topic for the day. It is indeed tempting to bring in controversial topics into our speeches just to get a larger reaction from our audiences. However, it's never a wise thing to do. Unless you really really know what you are doing or are a rare expert on religion or politics or both. For me, I refuse to accept speaking invitations that might tempt me into speaking about either religion, politics or other such controversial topics. I have learned to avoid talking about these topics even with my closest friends.

84. Don't keep your hands in your pockets while you speak. It may look cool to some people but not to everyone. Take those hands out of your pockets and use them to gesture naturally as you speak to your audience. Don't restrict and handicap yourself when you have two hands to use during your presentation. Make the most of your hand gestures. Use them to emphasize key points of your speech well. Practice your speech using gestures and facial expressions so that you are well aware of how effective you are when you review your performance. Whatever it is, don't hide your hands from the audience. It makes them feel you are hiding something from them or lying to them.

85. Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail. Remember this at all times and prepare well for your next speech. Practice truly does make perfect. You greatly increase your effectiveness and boost your confidence with sound preparation of your speech. The audience can sense when a speaker is fully prepared for their speech. You feel relaxed and confident when you have rehearsed your speech several times and know your speech content inside out. In my experience, it takes 10 days to prepare well for the delivery of a 60 minute speech. Make sure you calculate how long it takes you to prepare well for an hour of speaking and prepare for the same accordingly.

86. Be well mannered - Welcome the audience and don't forget to thank them at the end of the speech. Gratitude and appreciation means a lot in human life, not just in public speaking situations. The audience members have probably made changes to their schedule, altered a few things to be there with you, listening to you speak about something or the other. Don't take their time for granted. Never think that you are doing them a favor by speaking with them about something you are considered an expert on. Always thank them for being there, listening to you speak and make sure you do so at the start and at the end.

87. Impromptu speaking can be a real challenge if you aren't prepared for it. Here are some points that will help you speak impromptu more effectively. Concentrate only on a few key points. Present a definite viewpoint early in your speech. Support your viewpoint with reasons and logic. Do not apologize if you make a mistake while speaking. Don't show surprise when you are asked to speak impromptu. Stick to a few points. Don't ramble on about a single point for too long. And don't move off topic. Stay focused, look confident, speak naturally, use hand gestures and express your content through the use of facial expressions.

88. Your audience means a lot in public speaking situations. You must analyze your audience before every speech. You can use this simple formula to help you. Here is the full form of Audience. - A = Analysis. Who are they? How many will be there? - U = Understanding. What is your knowledge as well as their knowledge of the subject? - D = Demographics. What is their age, sex, location, education background, occupation, etc. - I = Interest. Why are they here? Who asked them to be here? - E = Environment. Time of speech, stage, the seating, lighting, etc. - N = Needs. What are their needs? What are your needs? - C = Customised. What special needs do you need to fit in? - E = Expectations. What do they expect from you? What do they expect to know by the end of this speech.

89. Do not tap your fingers on the podium. Tapping fingers is a sign of restlessness, uneasiness, anxiety, impatience and unprofessional behavior. Of course, the only exception to this rule is when music is playing on the stereo and everyone's supposed to be having a good time. Else there is absolutely no reason for you to tap your fingers or shake your feet while you are standing at the podium or sitting down on your chair at the table nearby. You can easily remove this irritating behavior when you notice that you are doing it. That's why I always suggest video recording your speeches so that you can evaluate your performance later.

90. As a public speaking trainer with over 18 years experience in coaching thousands of people in becoming better speakers, I can safely state here that most of my success in both training and speaking boils down to merely a few qualities and habits that I have. One of my biggest secrets that I can share with right now is that I usually consider every speech to be like a conversation that I am carrying on with my closest friends and loved ones. By doing this, I am able to start off knowing that I have already won over the crowd as they are people who can directly relate to whatever I am saying and can connect with me on a personal level. I've realized that the best way to succeed as a speaker is to consider myself a conversationalist chatting with friends rather than a public speaker.

91. Try not to get stuck in one place. Use all the speaking space that's available to you. Most speakers don't make full use of their speaking area. They restrict themselves to one part of the stage, speaking to the whole audience only from there. This hampers their effectiveness a lot. I've seen that speakers who use their entire speaking space appear a lot more confident than those that don't. Speakers that move around as if they own the stage are more relaxed and can easily use effective and natural hand gestures and facial expressions. They speak with the audience rather than at the audience.

92. The audience is everything. You can never deliver an excellent speech without an audience appreciating it. You cannot win the moment without winning the crowd. There is only one objective in Public Speaking and that is to Win the Crowd. Winning the crowd means different things to different speakers and on various occasions. Usually, winning the crowd means to persuade the audience to your line of thinking through your speech delivery. An audience is usually happy with your speech and you when what you have shared with them is something that is useful to them and benefits them in a certain aspect of their lives. To be successful in public speaking, your speech must have a strong purpose. That purpose must be so strong that you can win over your audience solely with it.

93. I love listening to music. I'm sure so do many of our listeners. The music that I like listening to before a speaking gig is soft classical or New Age music without lyrics or words inside the songs. Just music is what I love most. Listening to soft music while on my way to the speaking venue helps me relax and calm my nerves. It prepares me for the day ahead by allowing me to just switch off and fly away into a dream world. Following a set routine designed to relax and prepare me for my upcoming speech is really helpful. I'm sure you will benefit by listening to soft music before your speech as well.

94. There are so many inspirational stories and poems available online these days. They come neatly tagged with the right category or topic that each story belongs to. It's tempting to do a simple search online to find ourselves a story that's relevant to our speech topic. However, I strongly suggest that you do not do so. Instead, spark your creativity by coming up with your own story or example for your speech. Leave those motivational stories and jokes from the internet out of your speech. Use your own stories and real life experiences instead. The audience will connect with something you've created a lot more.

95. Find out how many people are going to be there in the audience. It's helpful to know the exact number of people that you will be speaking with. You can customize your speech based on these numbers. If there are going to be less than 10 people in the audience then you can make it a bit more personal and practice your speech in a small room at home or at work. You can stay positioned at a single spot and move around just a little during such speeches. If you are speaking to a crowd of over 100 people then you can practice your speech at a louder volume and by moving about the speaking area a lot more.

96. A slight addition of humor to an otherwise dry speech can liven up the entire room. However, at the same time, using too much humor in a speech is not good. Use humour sparingly. Too many jokes can weaken the validity of your speech. Focus instead on your core messages. Prepare your content well. Keep your audience firmly in mind and prepare a killer presentation accordingly. It's important to be well prepared and confident while you speak. It's vital to give the audience something of value to take home with them. The audience does not mind a joke or two. But anything more than that reduces your effectiveness as a speaker drastically.

97. It is often said that the start of anything is the most important thing. You start off your speech well and chances are high that the rest of your speech will go just as well or even better. Start with a real bang. Your audience should sit up and pay attention. There's no point in being mediocre as far as public speaking is concerned. Always give it your best shot from the word go. Make sure you have a "killer" introduction written down for your speech. The audience must know right from the beginning that you mean business. Practice your speech's introduction a good many times so that you can deliver it smoothly and confidently.

98. As a public speaker with over 18 years experience, I've realized the importance of fun and relaxation in my daily life. It's simply not worth it to focus only on work and not on other major aspects of our lives. I spend a great deal of my daily time in relaxation, meditation, rest and having fun. I am always at my best whenever I speak in front of an audience because I am relaxed and feeling good all the time. It's easier to focus on my work while I am speaking when I have a well rounded and balanced life.

99. I am not sure if this is the right example to give but I'll share it anyway. There are many rock bands in India but not a single one has truly made a mark for themselves on the world stage. I love rock music. More so, I've listened to rock music from both sides of the world. I feel that the main reason that Indian rock acts don't make a mark on the world stage is because they try so hard to be something they are not. I mean, just listening to them sing and you will realize they are trying to belt out their tunes in an American accent when they are Indian. It just doesn't sound right, not to me, not to anyone else. In public speaking too, you can learn from a thousand different sources out there but at the end of the day when you step onto that stage you better be yourself, never wear a mask, don't copy someone else, you are different, totally unique, best to be yourself, always.

100. Move about during your speech and make your audience think you are relaxed and comfortable throughout. There are many speakers who stand still in a single spot as if they are glued to the floor below. However, bearing a stiff and still posture is hardly a good thing. If you have a large enough speaking area to maneuver then it makes plenty of sense to use it well so as to keep the audience alert and listening to every word you say. Your movements should be slow, steady and using small footsteps. Cover the entire speaking area naturally, without the audience realizing what you are doing, and have them glued to your speech rather than you being glued to the floor.

From the eBook & Audiobook Series "500 Public Speaking Tips" by Savio DSilva available on Osovo.com.

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