10 Commandments for confident public speaking
When it comes to public peaking, we often think of it as a science that is hard to master. While the truth is most of us engage in public speaking even in times, we don't realize.
Apart from speeches and presentations, there are many instances, such as team meetings, networking events, etc., when your public speaking skills come into action.
Ten commandments apply to all public speaking situations alike, irrespective of the scale of the event. Once you practice these ten commandments, you'll be the best speaker in any room.
These ten commandments are -
- Keep a smile on your face: The best thing you can carry with you on stage is your smile. A genuinely smiling face grabs more eyeballs and is more likely to be loved by everyone.
- Rehearse well: Always remember to rehearse well before going out in public. The confident speech comes with preparation. More and more rehearsals can reduce your chances of losing out in the middle; this also increases your confidence.
- Have deep knowledge: Confidence always comes from knowledge. If you don't have deep knowledge about your topic, you can not be 100% confidant about it no matter how good you are at anything else.
- Have a clear intent: Remember, you should always have a clear intent about what you want from your audience and what value you will provide to your audience. As the audience will get influenced as per your intent, whether it may be right or wrong. So be very clear.
- Build trust: To be a confidant public speaker, you need to build a trust factor between you and your audience. This is because the audience supports who they find trustworthy. Once they trust you, your confidence will surely boost up.
- Visualize the outcome: Imagine people from the audience coming up to you, appreciating the work you just did, and loving the way you presented yourself. Wouldn't that help in boosting your confidence? So, try to visualize the outcome before going in public.
- Always be early: Latecomers are unlikely to be loved by the audience. So if you wish to get loved by your audience, you have to make sure to be on, or even before time, to make the audience feel important and valued.
- Always be grateful: If you performed in front of the audience, you should consider yourself lucky. Not everyone gets an opportunity to create an impact and influence people with their skills and knowledge. Never forget to thank everyone who came and listened to you.
- Create a personal connection: Have you ever been underconfident in speaking to any of your friends or your known ones? Never. It happens because you already know the person listening to you. So, try to create a personal connection between you and your audience the same way, and you will notice an increase in your confidence level while delivering your speech.
- Manage your energy: You are not required to stay energetic throughout your speech. Instead, analyze your content, figure out where you can save your energy and where you need more power to prove your point. This calculated management of energy will help you deliver a confident speech.