Updated: Nov 16
Tips and Tricks if you are speaking for the first time in front of an audience
The art of public speaking is not a talent we are born with, but a skill that needs to be cultivated every day. Everyone is afraid of public speaking yet there are courageous people out there who are willing to conquer this fear, the question is HOW?
In this article today, I will share 5 tips that you will need if you are speaking for the first time in front of a big audience.
Tip #1 - Be prepared
The first public speaking rule is to be prepared. Whether you are giving a seminar, a workshop, or presenting in front of your team, a successful speech delivery comes with good preparation. When you take time to prepare, you reduce your nervousness, anxiety, and fear. Good preparation shows your audience that you care about the work you do and that you are well-qualified to talk about the subject matter.
Like with anything, a good preparation increases the chances of success.
Tip #2 - Have a Structured and Organized Speech
When it comes to public speaking, speakers don't have a structured speech. They ramble upon several topics with no end. The golden rule to a well-organized speech consists of an introduction, body, and conclusion. Of course, transition words and pauses are a must to make your speech sound clearer and smoother.
Tip #3 - Include a Personal Story
The third rule of public speaking is embodying a personal story in your speech. Facts, numbers, and stats are difficult to digest and retain. When you have a story instead, you are able to have your audience connect with you. Stories create a bond, an emotion, and a connection that the audience will appreciate if it is a story that is personally relatable to them. In addition, stories are always much easier to talk about compared to topics that are very technical
"You’re never going to kill storytelling because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.”
- Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale
Tip #4 - Share Key Takeaway Message
When an audience attends a seminar/workshop or a TED talk, they are there for a reason: they want to get something out of it. No one would pay to listen to someone unless they're learning something. Whenever you are delivering a speech, make sure it includes a message. Ask yourself "if I was in the audience, what would I like to get back in return? Think of an actionable tip that the audience can take away from your speech, something they can use in their life and improve their skills. Always make sure to give useful and valuable information
Tip #5 -Project Your Voice
Last, but not least if you are speaking in front of a huge and large audience, how you project your voice in the room is the most important rule. We can be super prepared, but if we don't deliver the speech loud and clear, it will get the audience bored.
When it comes to projecting your voice, speak loudly, clearly, and confidently. Make sure to pause when needed, don't rush over important topics, and remember to always smile. Voice projection is a key fundamental factor of a well-prepared speech,