Are great public speakers born or made?
The answer to this is - both. There are
some people out there to whom public
speaking comes naturally, but like any
sport, if you are a layman- the more you
practice the better you get!
is a public speaker. You speak and
interact with people everyday- friends,
family, work colleagues and shop
assistants, sometimes even more than one
person. You don’t feel nervous here do
you, so why are you shaking at the idea
of getting up in from of an audience?
Why do many people fear public speaking
more than death. It is because they do
not know the three main points of daily
“speaking- interaction” that they have
to bring in order to deliver a great
speech. The purpose of this article is
to share these 3 elements of a great
speech with you. They are:
Empathy and Engagement. When
you are speaking with people you know,
you are constantly empathizing with
their point of view, and you engage them
through your eye-contact and body
language. Why should doing this in front
of an audience be any different?
The ebb and flow of the speech.
When you are conversing with people
you know, you do not speak in a boring,
monotonous voice do you? Your voice
changes, emphasizing important points,
and maybe speaking slightly faster if
you are extremely passionate about a
particular point. You need to bring this
to a speech. You need to have a well
structured speech, but it also needs to
be kept interesting.
Practice. You should practice
in front of a mirror, record your speech
and listen back, and try and practice in
front of friends or family. This will
alert you to parts of your speech you
need to improve, whilst also making you
more confident that you will deliver
your speech much more effectively.
Hence, practice is a good way to calm
any negative nerves.
If you use all the tips mentioned
above, two of which you use in your
everyday life anyway, you will deliver a
much more effective speech each and