Be a Good Speaker
Edited by Seighart, Charmed, Eng, Jonathan and 3 others
Much of what you say to people is heard but seldom listened to, most of what is printed is seen but read. In other words a communication lag exists and not always fault of the person to whom you are communicating. Somewhere along the route you fail to present yourself, your instructions, or your plan of action in such language, or such in manner, that others understand. You have not awakened response and have not realized the dramatic necessity of using communication to put across your message. You can follow the tips below on how to be a good speaker.
- 1Get expression in your voiceAdvertisement
- 2Permit your voice to show mood and mind under control.Advertisement
- 3Modulate your tones.
- 4Control your breathing habits.
- 5Speak out.Don't mumble.
- 6Be convincing.Be authoritative without being obnoxious.
- 7Remain poised and self confident.
- 8Speak moderately slowly.Let the message penetrate.
- 9Watch for speech defects in others.They are carbon copies of your own.
- 10Let your eyes, lips and toque talk.Don't permit your face to be just a mug.
- 11Permit your voice to give people a good impression.
- 12Join a speaker's circuit.Get out and talk. Public speaking breeds contentment with yourself. If breeds faith and confidence. It also gives you an opportunity to find that your voice is a vital key to personality appeal.
Why are a lot of people afraid of public speaking?
If you are shy or do not have the courage to speak in public, you are not alone. Over 40 percent of adults rank public speaking as one of their greatest fears. They do not want to be rejected by their audience about the message they want to convey. They are afraid that they will not be able to follow up on their speech after a few minutes and be at a loss for words. They do not want to be silent for even a few seconds on stage because they will think that the audience will find you as a speaker unprepared. Rather than start speaking, they want to go back to their shell and let others do the talking.
Where do you start to improve as a speaker?
- 1You could start at your office or workplace.You could be tasked to lead a project or a committee and there will be people who will be under you. To communicate your expectations from your colleagues; or to assign/delegate tasks to your subordinates, you need to be a speaker who speaks with clarity and non-repetition. Nothing irritates employees than colleagues who are repetitious and give the impression that they cannot trust the others because they keep reminding them of their tasks. Instructions or data relaying should be done at the most, twice. More than that, the subordinates will have the tendency to neglect their task or work below par intentionally because of resentment or irritability towards the redundant committee leader.Advertisement
- 2At home.If you are a man who is the head of the family, your spouse and your children may not be saying it, but they are badly in need of a leader who will guide them. That is why, being a good speaker is a must because conversation and constant communication are important ingredients for a happy family life. Talking to them in a gentle but firm tone will help a lot in relaying your thoughts to them in an effective way. By your words and actions, make them feel that you love them but also make it known that it is important to you that they follow the household regulations and that they be personally efficient in improving themselves and helping each other.
- 3Whether in the office or at home, before speaking to your colleagues about important matters, preparation is very important.At least make an outline before you make your presentation. Once you have a guided list, the words will just pour out spontaneously, and you will even be surprised at yourself for your performance.
- 4Preparation is also important when you present a proposal or idea to upper management.The mere fact that they gave you precious time to present something which might be approved because they see your idea's benefits for the company, is incentive enough for you to be extra careful, prepared, and well researched before you embark on your presentation.
- 5If you are well prepared and well rehearsed before you speak, nervousness will be a thing of the past.You will not stumble because you know your subject. Your audience will see in front of them a poised speaker who is enjoying himself as he talks to them.
- 6Try to anticipate what questions will be thrown at you.This is a chance for you to research the most effective answers to their questions.
- 7Utilize the wonders of technology to enhance your communication.Use PowerPoint to effectively relay your messages across. The beauty of PowerPoint is that it is interactive. It can show the information one by one (in a rolling function), in separate slides, as one whole slide bunched together, or you can connect all the slides to each other logically. As you speak with PowerPoint as your aide, your messages will impact the audience.
Why is it important to relax when speaking in public?
First of all, bear in mind that the people you will be speaking to are cheering you on, not plotting something bad against you. They want to be able to learn something from your speech and not be bored. Relax, and wear clothes that are appropriate for the occasion, but you personally is comfortable to be in. Do not forget to breathe every now and then because this will help in your pacing and in pacifying your nerves. Have on hand bottles or cups of normal temperature mineral water to wet your throat in the course of your speech which might render your throat dry. If you are the type of person who can be funny, crack jokes or anecdotes appropriate for the topic to ease boredom and to return their attention back to your speech. It might be true that a certain sector of your audience are people who have been forced to listen to your speech. Examples are students who have as one of their school requirements is to listen to your speech or employees who were required by their company to lend their ears to your speech. But there are also people who will be there in accordance to their own decision to go. They might have heard about you and they could be interested in your personality and in what you have to say. Nevertheless, no matter what type of audience you have, show them a relaxed, poised and knowledgeable speaker who is worth their time!
Being a good speaker does not only require you to be good with words but you will also need to be able to present yourself well in front of a crowd. When it comes to being a good speaker or a public speaker it will take a lot of practice for this is not something that some people can do naturally. Below are steps that you can take in order to better yourself to become a better speaker regardless of your environment or the audience whom you are talking to when giving a public speech or orientation.
- 1Eye contact is very important when you are speaking to an audience, this does not mean that you need to focus on only one person in the audience but you do in fact need to make contact with different people while you are speaking.If you do not wish to look directly at people when giving a speech then you can in fact look over the heads of people which will seem that you are looking at them but in fact you are looking over them giving the impression that you are in fact speaking directly to them when you are not.Advertisement
- 2Find a topic to talk about and stick to that exact topic in order to keep the attention of people without digressing from the conversation which can in fact lose your audience.If you need to digress from a topic in order to elaborate do not go too far away from the subject so that you can easily make the transition back to the topic that is being talked about at the time. If you digress from the speech for a long period of time then you will need to do this as a tactic to go to your next topic that you are wishing to talk about in your speech.
- 3Speak in a tone that you will be heard by audience rather than speaking in a tone that people will not be able to hear you clearly.If you are speaking in front of an audience you will need to in fact not only speak clearly in your voice but in fact speak your words clearly so that people can understand during the speech. Slang words are not to be used while speaking to an audience for it may take their focus off of what you are saying in order for them to focus on understanding the slang that you are using during your speech to them as a whole.
- 4Change up your voice during the speech to ensure that you are not using the same tone which can bore the audience depending on the tone of voice that you are using at the time.You can in fact raise your voice at times or even slow up your voice at times in order to keep the attention of your audience using your voice changes which can help while giving your speech.
- 5Be careful to not give off the impression that you are talking to children during your speaking by saying phrases slowly or overly explaining points that can easily be understood.Some speakers talk to the audience like they are children dissecting words and phrases to help the audience understand but they actually believe that they are helping the speech when in fact they are hurting the feelings on the audience which in turn can cause you to lose the audience in a blink of an eye.
- 6During your speech ensure that you are being true to your information and also yourself while speaking for some people can sense when a speaker is not being fully honest.If you do not wish to give opinions that are not true to how you feel then stray away from giving your opinion to the audience fully in order to remain honest to your audience.
- 7Keep your points in tact when giving your speech for without knowing your points you will not be able to web out your thoughts during your speech causing you to lose your way in your speech to your audience.Just like stated before digressing is OK if you know exactly what point you want to return to but without developing your web or map to your speech you will not be able to successfully transition during your speech.
- 8Use your hands and body language during your speech to keep the audiences eyes on you during your speech.As silly as it may sound or look these movements can in fact be the glue that keeps your audiences sticking to you during your speech. A speaker who is stationary will more than likely bore their audiences during a speck. Think about a preacher as they preach their sermon to the church but are active walking around raising their voice lowering and using their hands to project feeling, it is very hard for anyone to ignore these actions so use this tactic in your speaking.
- 9If you have the choice to pick when you address your audience try to make your presentation during middle of other speeches to ensure that you are getting the audience when they are set into the tone of getting a speech.Speaking first s hard because your audience is still adjusting to listening while going last will cause to be an issue for the audience will in fact be worn out from all the previous listening and are ready to get out of the environment.
- 10Be sure to take your time while speaking so that you do not stutter while addressing the audience.Stuttering is one of the ways to lose the respect of your audience making them focus on how funny you are stuttering rather than focusing on what you are speaking about to them at the time.
- 11When speaking on a topic make sure that you are in tuned with the speech information rather than speaking on a topic that you do not fully understand.The audience can tell if you are not fully knowledgeable in the topic that you are speaking of and can cause them to not take your information seriously based on that one simple fact.
- 12While speaking to your audience do your best to act as if they are understanding what you are saying for this will ensure that you feel comfortable when talking to your audience.If you are talking to the audience with the thought that they do not understand a word that you are saying to them then it will make you feel uncomfortable which in turn can affect how you speak and the way that you are connecting with the audience.
- 13Look into a lot of former speakers who are good at speaking to people whether they are famous or not but some famous people that you can research in order to figure out who to emulate then you can look or read up on the following, aside from reading their words do your best to listen to them speak.Advertisement
Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X John F Kennedy Barack Obama Al Sharpton Or you can look into show host who are well trained in speaking to not only and audience but the world. Steve Harvey Wendy Williams Oprah John Stewart Steven Colbert Sports Anchors News Anchors
Is it important as a speaker to show your unique personality? Why?
Yes, by all means, show your genuine self and your unique personality. Depending on the topic of the speech, aside from the research that you did on it, show your independent character on how you tackle the topic and the unique problems that arise from that topic. Being true to yourself when you speak will make you even more relaxed, and the words will pour out because they are from your own personal experiences and convictions, and shows you are passionate about your decisions. For example, you are a vice mayor of a city and you are talking about your disapproval of the mayor's actions on solving poverty in the squalid parts. Show your true character by explaining how you, if given the task, will tackle the problems of the poor people. In effect, people would not like to hear in the speech the usual solutions that they know in solving a problem. They would like to hear alternative ways.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Speech
Recent edits by: Ephraim, Maria, Jonathan