20 qualities of extraordinary presenters
The best public speakers aren't born but were made by their hard work. They were never perfect, and their skill and will to learn made them advance in the world of public speaking. Public speaking isn't just about being confident and reading out information from cue cards. If it was just that, wouldn't all extroverts be the best public speakers?
Here are 20 brilliant qualities of a speaker that you must inculcate to be the biggest public speaker.
- Acknowledge and Reframe: When you are nervous, accept the nerves as natural and talk to yourself. It's OK to feel that way. Nervousness will always remind you of pressure and the importance of getting things right. It's crucial not to let this feeling restrict you.
- Know your Audience: Know what your audience needs through your speech and serve their expectations. Research about who you are speaking to and keep them in mind when creating your presentation.
- Don’t try to be perfect: Be authentic when you present your speech; don't make everything perfect. If you commit a mistake, pause for a minute and try again. Your intention should be to educate the audience and make the audience relate to you, rather than projecting yourself as a superstar.
- Stick to the point: Cut down information and try to answer all the problems the audience has. If you forget something that you prepared during the speech: never panic. A stage is a place that can reveal to everyone how you feel. You surely don't want an image of a panicked speaker. Simply stick to the point that answers the audience's problem.
- See it as an Opportunity: Don't run away when you are told to present something. Just like time and tide, wait for none; opportunities will never come to you again and again. Utilize the presentation as an opportunity to help the audience and to add value to their lives.
- Anchor Yourself: You have to change the state of your mind by changing your thoughts to a different surrounding to anchor yourself to that feeling. Take a moment to close your eyes, inhale deep breaths. Then, picture a pleasant experience from your life. This exercise will calm your nerves down in the seminar.
- Practice, Practice, & Practice: Practice in front of the mirror, your friends & colleagues. Improving your skills will help you get over your fears. Repetition is the key to improvement. Prepare your speech so well that you can give a presentation whenever and wherever required.
- Tell Stories: Storytelling is a powerful tool that you can use to convey your monotonous message into a good story. It helps people to remember easily. If your stories solve audience problems, they can relate more. It also helps to keep the audience engaged and away from boredom.
- Use colors & images: “A picture paints a thousand words.” Visual references can add fun to your presentations. It assists people in using their imagination and can be priceless in making your message more memorable.
- Involve Your Audience: the easiest way to engage is to ask questions to your audience. Try to answer a few questions in between your presentation. Involve them in your speech and encourage cross answering to the audience.
- Use Videos and Props: Videos convey vast amounts of information in a short amount of time. It evokes impactful emotions. Alternatively, props have a physical presence, texture, and feel, and they can significantly impact a presentation. You make them part of your speech, and it will compel a more memorable one.
- Utilize your voice: Voice is the most essential component to engage the audience. Change your tone according to the speech. Vary your pitch, pace, and volume to keep your audience interested and to have more influence.
- Focus on the present: Try & practice to stay in the present, rather than focusing on what you will do next. Thinking about the future can mess up the current lecture space. Try not to worry too much about what your audience is thinking. Focus on giving your best at the moment.
- Make Friends with the Audience: Keep your body language open, ask them if they have doubts & compliment them. Smile, recite (appropriate) jokes, ask issues and genuinely listen to the responses. Treat them as your friends.
- Know Your Stuff: Research in-depth and know your subject in and out: this will give you confidence. It will also help you establish authority and credibility over the audience.
- Be Consistent: Speak consistently about your experience, values, and emotions. Consistency makes people comfortable. The audience doesn’t have to think too hard; they feel informed, creating a suitable environment altogether.
- Be Generous: When you are presenting, understand that the people have given up their time to hear you speak. Be generous along with your passion, energy, attention, and knowledge.
- Comparison: When presenting information with two or more choices, highlight the contrast and differentiate clearly to make it easy for an audience to select. Make it clear about all the ideas you have presented.
- Give them a good reason: Use a rational, practical, and logical argument so that they can choose and make their reasoning more realistically.
- Give them hope: Make sure your presentation motivates them and fills the void they were looking for. It should clear all their doubts and helps them act quickly. Inspire hope in people that they too can achieve their goals in life.
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