How to Become a Better Public Speaker

I had a group presentation in my final year in the University. I was one of the speakers and I was among those who compiled the materials, I even typed the material. Presenting wasn't a new thing to me, but I was just getting the material to be presented few hours to the class. I gave myself pep talk first: 'c'mon you can do this, it's not the first time, you've scanned through and you have been thought the portion you're to present before...'. Darling, deep down, I knew I wasn't well prepared, I didn't even have the time to properly read through before hand. I started presenting and I gave some examples, along the line I contradicted myself, thank God the lecturer was a bit distracted at that point but, some attentive course mates knew what happened. 

Public Speaking has to do with the art and act presentation of a speech to an audience. At one point in time or the other, you will have to present a speech to a group of people either in class, work, religious group, party, social gathering, occasions and so on and so forth. It is therefore, pertinent that you sharpen your public speaking skills for effective presentation and clear delivery. The preparation for speech presentation should start immediately after receiving the invitation and better put, be ready always because there are occasions where you might be asked to deliver a short impromptu speech to an audience. 

Ten Important Steps to Becoming a Better Presenter

1. Be in a good frame of mind: It is important that you're well and focused. Don't deviate and don't be distracted. 

2. Identify your Audience: You have to identify who your audience really is, get to know their needs as well, this will help you focus on the right aspect. Oftentimes, the topic you're given is usually too wide that you might end up getting confused on which aspect to focus on. In identifying the audience, state the age group of the people (13-19), event (public lecture), location (school) etc. You can even ask tactical questions about the audience from a reliable source. 

3. Research: No matter how conversant you are with the topic, make sure you research. Even if you've presented the topic before, still do more findings. It is a known fact that there's no static research result, new findings do come out overtime. Do research well on current findings and articles to avoid your audience been more current about the topic, so that no question will put you off balance. It is better to avoid surpises. Prepare as if your audience knows nothing about the topic, and research as if they know the topic too well and you have to give them new facts that will awe them. 

4. Organisation: Make sure your points and the contents are well organised to ensure free flow of the presentation. 

5. Connect: Knowing your audience will help you know how to connect with them well. Use practical examples that they can relate well with. It will help them get the picture more clearly. You can ask them questions too. Make sure you engage them well. Get comfortable and help them get comfortable, you can even humour.

6. Clarity: Use simple and clear terms to present. You might think using big vocabulary might impress the audience but it might just bore them and make them lose interest. 

7. Presentation: Good articulation, right body language, good facial expression will be a good addition to your presentation. Smiling while talking about a demise will be unreasonable. Be sensitive to your audience but don't be distracted. Make sure you sound interested in the presentation yourself. 

8. Charisma: Have a good charisma, show great confidence, and do away with nervousness. Make sure you do positive declarations before going upstage and dress modestly (being under dressed will make you lose confidence while being over dressed might distract your audience). Declarations like: I am bold, I am beautiful, I am smart, I am the best etc will help. Believe in yourself, it will definitely reflect in your presentation. Sometimes, it's your charisma that sweeps your audience off their feet. 

9. Rehearse: Get a reliable person that you'll rehearse with. Make sure the person is a good critic who will be sincere and help you get better. It should be someone that will correct and encourage you and not merely dispute and point out your mistakes alone. This should be before the programme. You might need to rehearse more than once. 

10. Question and Answer: Be rightly prepared for all types of questions. Don't let any question throw you off guard. Give tactical answers and stick to the point.

I hope you've gotten some helpful tips and you're ready to step up your game. Cheers to better public speaking. Love and lightšŸ’”  Stay safe. 



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