How to improve your speaking skills?
Everyone knows that it takes a lot of practice to improve your speaking skills. That's all it takes. Train again and again! We know that it can be complicated to make a speech and to build a presentation. No matter what you call it, speaking in front of a group - even a small one - is a fear many people have.
Yet, learning to speak well is the key to building business relationships, especially if you are early in your career. People often blame the lack of public speaking skills of young people on the fact that they are always staring at their screens, but a more likely explanation is that they simply do not have much experience.
One of the most important things in any person's life is communication. In this way, we can send our messages, we can make our ideas known, we can clear up misunderstandings and reach harmony in our relationships. Communication is the vehicle that underlies interpersonal relationships and is the foundation of all things.
If you're looking to improve your public speaking skills, here are some current tactics that are also useful for training in organizations:
1. Focus on preparation.
Of course, presentation is important, but your success does not depend on the speech itself, but rather on the content you want to put forward. Being prepared will inspire confidence in yourself and show people that you know what you are talking about. Practice repeatedly, out loud, before the main event and you will see, your speech will be a success.
2. Practice in front of your iPad.
The people you know best will be a great audience for you to practice. So technically, if you can give your presentation in front of them, the real deal will be a snap. However, if you rehearse in front of your iPad, you can replay your practice sessions and check your gestures, tone, and flow of voice, and posture. You will be more relaxed if you are alone, by yourself and you will make the most of your practice time.
3. Direct your energies to the people who listen to you with interest.
Don't waste your energy trying to get the attention of the guy checking his email or the girl with her arms folded while you talk. While it is tempting to try to win them, it is often a losing battle. Instead, find the smiling, attentive faces and direct your remarks to those friendly faces. The majority of your audience will pay attention - if your presentation is interesting - then ignore people who don't seem interested.
4. Engage with your audience.
Instead of telling too many stories about your own experience, thinking about your actions, or wondering if people will laugh at your jokes, ask yourself what’s new and how you can bring them help. Make them ask questions "by show of hands", for example.
5. Maintain visual contact with people in your audience.
What could be more impersonal than a presenter who does not look directly at his audience?
Instead of burying your nervousness in questionable anti-stage fright tactics, control it. When you are in control of yourself, you feel a lot more confident. Your audience will also be much more attentive.