I’m not the most confident person, but I do love public speaking. And the funny thing is, everyone automatically assumes I’m confident because of that, and honestly, I'm not really confident. But, in truth, confidence doesn’t really matter in public speaking. It’s the last thing you should worry about. I’m going to share with you, the top three things which matter the most with public speaking.
At the end of the day, you can be the most confident person in the world, but that won’t keep you in the audience or judges minds once your done. You have to make yourself stand out. You have to be passionate!
I believe the ultimate characteristic which can differentiate between public speakers is passion. I speak with passion all the time. I’m a person who uses lots of hand gestures, and gets easily excited. I transfer these tendencies of mine to any occasion where I have to speak in front of other people. I have competed in public speaking competitions, debate competitions, and have been voted grade rep for my grade, and every single time. I have been told that my passion is what separates me from others. One time a debate judge told me “your speaking style was unorthodox, but it really made us feel as if we were actually experiencing that crisis right now, and I really loved it. ” The key with public speaking is to make sure that your topic sounds interesting. If you’re not interested, nobody listening will be either. A lot of times, the topic you’re talking about can be boring and unless you make it sound urgent, people won’t care.
You have to look into each and everyone’s eyes and faces as you talk. Single them out, make them feel special and heard. This may sound really scary to some people, but I promise, it is so worth it. When people have been hearing long lectures the whole day, if you look at them in the eyes, you can make sure that they’re listening. Plus, if you’re a really social person like me, it brings your own energy levels up as well.
You may think that a successful public speaker just needs to speak well, but in any public speaking competition, the content or topic of your speech, can account for about half your marks. You have to select a prevalent, important issue, and choose good, supporting points. Spend more time writing and editing your speech than practicing it. If you can choose your own topic, try to choose one where you can relate it to the audience. If you hear something that concerns you, you’re always more likely to pay extra attention.
These were my top 3 tips, easy to use for public speaking.
I hope these tips can help you as much as they’ve helped me!