How To Ace Public Speaking
Ever wondered how a person can stand so confidently before an impossibly-large audience so calmly? Ever raised the question as to how a person can be so confident, fluent and natural at speaking in front of people who he has never even met before? Ever sighed sadly thinking about how you always manage to make a faux pas before everyone in the room while the others are so superb at talking? Well, if your answers are all affirmative, then friend, you have landed on the right place.
This article is devoted to some tips and methods that you can follow to become fantastic public speakers and ace this game of oration.
3 magical letters; USP
USP stands for Unique Selling Proposition. This pointer is the first and most important one to become a pro at public speaking because this pointer teaches the speaker the art of self-acceptance. The person on the stage must remember that every individual in this world is unique. You can imitate someone, but can’t be them. So it’s better to accept yourself and your way of talking rather than sulking on not being someone else. Take inspiration, but ultimately, do your thing. There are 7 billion ways of talking, and your way of talking is only one. Know your worth and talk the way in which you are comfortable, no matter what the world says.
Write a good speech
Writing a good speech is tough if you are clubbing it with public speaking. Firstly, starting off with something creative like a quote, poem, couplet or haiku draws the attention of listeners more than a normal-Good Morning. Secondly, including rhetoric questions, humour, variation in mood, apt pauses, pop references, stats or even anecdotes decorates your speech. Lastly, having a good ending or conclusion which makes the audience crave for more or be just satisfied is necessary. For this, an unnecessarily long speech should be avoided and the conclusion should be off-beat and quirky for a long lasting impact.
You might have pondered-over the first tip and gathered the courage to give P.S a shot, your way. But, never forget the golden rule-PRACTICE. No way of public speaking in this world is unique if your signature is forgetting your lines everytime on stage. Practice for as long as you can. Yes, you can still forget or fumble even after practicing for as long as forever, but atleast you gave it your best shot and can do better with time.
Premortem of the speech
Be the most ruthless critic of yourself before speaking in public. Edit your speech mercilessly and work on it as many times as you have to to match it with your version of perfection.
Power posing is an effective way to boost your confidence before a speech. Power posing has been scientifically proven to release the testosterone hormone in our body which makes us feel more confident and strong.
To prep yourself before a speech, find a deserted corner or an empty room on the backstage and do the cactus exercise. Raise your hands straight, then bring them down, fold your elbows and shake your hands. Release your stress, cacti style!
The body language you use whilst you are delivering a speech is 4 times as impactful as all other aspects of public speaking. Holding your chin up, a straight backbone, maximum eye-contact and the right facial expressions at the right time give you the upper hand in P.S.
Lastly, you must keep in mind that great orators are not born, they are made. And that is exactly what you need to do-make yourself.
Originally published on Teen Tidings.
Lukshita Nayyar is a student at the most prestigious girls’ day school based in the beautiful city, Chandigarh, India. Lukshita is really passionate about writing, public speaking and debating. Her passion has been given a platform through her infant yet substantive website, Teen Tidings. Check it out, hope her website will be of interest to you and you will have a wonderful time reading it.