“Doing stand-up is not normal. People fear public speaking above all other things, and I am no different,” said Dominic Holland, an English comedian, author, actor and broadcaster. He won the 1993 Perrier Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh. His BBC Radio 4 series, The Small World of Dominic Holland, won a Comic Heritage Award.
In college and your career, strong public speaking will set you apart, make you feel more confident, and give you the ability to take on leadership roles.
Public speaking is one of the most effective ways to express your opinion, showcase your knowledge, and influence others. This will help you to stay organized and can also help in improving your writing and communication skills.
Many people who appear very comfortable in public begin with a sufficiently large fear of public speaking. By overcoming that fear, practicing, and gaining confidence, you can bring great benefits to your life.
Here are 5 key elements that make a great speaker.
When presenting in public, your confidence is the number one and most important attribute for a successful presentation. When you show confidence as a speaker, people will see you as knowledgeable, confident, accurate, and intelligent. It’s natural to feel nervous at times, but if you want to be a successful public speaker, you have to overcome your nervousness.
Being passionate is the most important trait if you want to achieve your goals because passion will motivate you to move forward to achieve your goals. If you want to ensure effective communication through your speech, you must have a passion for the topic. The more passionate you are, the better you can present your speech and the more people will connect with your speech.
Introspection and self-awareness:
Confidence is the strongest trait you need to be a successful public speaker and will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. The most successful speakers will work to capitalize on their strengths and be able to find ways to overcome their weaknesses. When you are able to understand yourself, you are much better at expressing yourself in public.
If you want people to relate to your speech, try to be yourself and don’t try to be someone else’s copy. Because if you don’t act like yourself, your audience will get confused and lose their attention from your speech. You need to be authentic to keep people engaged with your speech and stay connected. Try to use some of your real-life experiences as examples to make your speech more effective.
Interact with your audience:
Your speech will only be effective if it is conversational. Before you give your speech, try to understand who your audience is and what kind of work they do. Remember to structure your speech in a way that connects with your audience. The more you communicate with your audience during your speech, the more they will connect with your speech.
Karen McCleave is one of the well-known names in public service, with more than 30 years; she was an Assistant Crown Attorney who appeared in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice, primarily in York Region, Dufferin, and Simcoe counties. Karen Mccleave had carriage of many high-profile and sensitive matters, such as victims with intellectual and physical challenges.
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