Are you forcefully withdrawing yourself from speaking in a group? Does your poor language speaking skills make you vulnerable in your job? The requirement of skill of public speaking is not limited to orators. You may be a professional, but your theory course may not involve public speaking because practice helps in the ability of public speaking. The easy way out of this is to develop the language, which is English in the majority of the forums, is to join a public speaking course. However, many of you might not be comfortable in joining the extra coaching centers which claim to brush up your spoken English and make you competitive enough. The reality is that if you have faith in yourself and ready to go that extra mile to do a bit of research and hard work for self-improvement, you can become a proficient public speaker.
Working on your own is possible
Here are ten simple yet powerful techniques to practice for improving your oratory skills:
- Being calm and clear: Your mind may be cluttered with too many thoughts. This will definitely hamper your speech by causing confusion, nervousness, and deviation. For an effective speech, you need to control your thought process and focus. A five-minute meditation every day will calm down your mind and improve focus and concentration.
Topic selection: Speak from the heart for the right impact and for that you should really feel for the topic you choose. Your knowledge should be foolproof about it and pertain to the event and audience. Only if you believe in the significance of your topic, you can persuade the listeners to take interest in it.
- Organize your points: With a clear mind, you can easily organize the points you want to convey to the audience. The introduction should lead to the topic in such a flow that the listeners can easily grasp your motive. This will in turn help to reduce your starting trouble and nervousness.
- Avoid having a prejudiced opinion of your audience: Having an idea about the nature of your audience such as age, population type etc. is good and being prepared for their responses will help you, but never assume their reaction will always be negative. Do not get interrupted or concerned about the audience reaction in between your speech. This will drain your confidence and make you anxious from the beginning.
- Practice makes man perfect, get the mirror: Unless you are taking part in a live debate or eloquence, repeatedly practice your speech in front of the mirror. Research well on the topic, remain updated and informed about each point you put forward. The mirror will not only help you in managing your body language but also reduce your stage fear. You can note on your facial expressions and gestures and easily recognize what is and how much is apt. The more you practice the more you will become confident.
- Record your speech and analyze it: Hearing your recorded speech will guide you on the necessary tone change, construction of dialogues, pace, voice manipulation, and pronunciation. You can determine which points need more assertion and repetition. Being too fast or too slow will reduce the impact of the speech. Some events will have a time limit, so you can predetermine the length of your speech by the record.
- Practice to behave sensibly: While you speak, interruptions, distractions, and deviating actions should be avoided. For example, do not speak out of context to any other person in the podium or nearby you. Maintain eye contact with the audience and try to make them interactive. Avoid taking too much water or food in between, which can reduce the momentum and interest of the audience. You can practice beforehand to control your thirst and distractions.
- Speak in front of a sample audience: Once your preliminary preparations are done, give your speech in front of a small audience such as your friends and family who can give you valuable feedback and suggestions to improve. Take every opinion positively and work on the modifications as required.
- Joining clubs to start small: If you are a beginner, joining local speaking clubs will nurture the talent in you and make you accustomed to the atmosphere of live public speaking. This can also open your door to major speaking forums.
- Read, read and read: You cannot speak unless you read. Reading daily newspapers can keep you updated about current events, developments, public reactions and also improve your language.
So, instead of getting anxious and confused about seeking paid external help, transform yourself with a little bit of effort in the comfort of your home.