The fear of public speaking skill and a lack of understanding of how to present information to an audience can stop many people from attempting to show themselves on stage or in front of a large crowd. But if you learn to overcome such fears and develop your speaking skills, you’ll grow in ways you’d have never expected.
Many people, as we all know, upon hearing the phrase “public speaking”, immediately feel nervous. EIY firmly believe that the more you practice it, the more you’ll enjoy it, as well as becoming much better at it.
The Art of Public Speaking lies in understanding basic knowledge of public speaking and presentation skills such as preparing, developing and delivering your speeches in the most effective way. Here are quick tips for beginners who would like to learn more about the Art of Public Speaking.
Make Eye Contact
When it comes to delivering a confident presentation, making eye contact with your audience is one of the best things you can do for yourself. If you step on stage with your eyes glued to your notes, then not only will your audience know just how nervous you are, but they’ll also have a tough time connecting with your message. Research shows that eye contact with your audience will enable them to better perceive, remember, and make decisions about what you’re saying.
Listen to the technique on making eye contact taught by our instructor, Chris Le
Avoid Filler Words
One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is packing their presentations full of “uhs” “ums” and “y’knows.” Peppering your presentation with these filler words signals to your audience that you’re not as prepared as you could be and it makes your talk tough to listen to. Your best defense against leaning on these words it’s to prepare and practice. The more familiar you are with your material and delivery, the less these words will spill out of your mouth.
Rehearse Your Delivery
A lot of presenters, both experienced and brand new, make the mistake of focusing all of their presentation prep on their content and not enough on how they’ll deliver it. But the truth is, you can have the best message in the world, but if your delivery sucks, no one will receive it. Therefore, you want to spend just as much time rehearsing as you do preparing your content. Pay mind to your tone and inflections, where you can pause for emphasis, and when to take breaks for audience questions/comments.
Use Your Body Language
Your body language is hugely important when it comes to both how confident you look and how confident you feel. If you want to command the room, you’re definitely not going to do it with stiff posture, downturned shoulders, and a meek-looking demeanor. Instead, you should hold your head up, keep your shoulders back, and don’t be afraid to move about the room. Doing so will make you appear more confident to your audience, as well as make your body feel more relaxed and at ease.
Watch our Instructor Chris Le on how you can effectively use hand gesture during your speech.
The Art of Public Speaking
Over the years, our beginning Public Speaking course has helped countless individual learners to kick start their passion for Public Speaking. The course is specially designed for #beginners, who want to speak their mind freely in English and as public speakers any time, anywhere. Our experienced and fun-loving Instructors provide you not just the skills and technique but personal tips to ensure a successful presentation in front of an audience.