Public speaking facts ... subjective perceptions and opinions or objective facts - not sure what to listen to?
Follow these simple rules!
We can't promise to allay your fear of public speaking entirely, but with the guidelines below, you'll be forewarned and forearmed - giving you the confidence to deliver a great address.
PUBLIC SPEAKING RULES
|You will be at your most nervous in the 15 minutes leading up to your speech||...so||take five deep breathes during this time [breathe in for four counts, hold for seven counts and breathe out for eight counts] - it forces you to focus on something other than your nerves|
|The initial couple of minutes of your speech will be the most stressful||...so||prepare the first five minutes of your speech really well - you'll set the right tone and create a great impression ... cool, calm and collected ... and after that you'll have settled into your speech|
|Your mind will conjure up a long list of potential things that may go wrong||...so||choose the worst top three potential problem and create anticipated solutions - "I'm sure I'll forget my words"; "No, hang on - I have my speech outline on key cards to help me through any tricky moments"|
|You may feel a little wary of your audience initially||...so||it helps to arrive relatively early and chat informally to some individuals in your audience - you'll see that they are sensible people who are interested in what you have to say|
|You may feel that you are not qualified or knowledgeable enough to present this address to your audience||...so||prepare you content exceptionally well and remember that you are the expert - after all they invited you to speak to them today|
|You may want to rush up and "get this over and done with"||...so||don't! Take your time as you walk to the podium; take a moment to look at your audience; take one or two deep breathes - pause to collect your opening line - and only then should you begin speaking|
|Your body language may distract your audience from the excellent content in your speech||...so||assume a balanced stance with your weight evenly distributed on both feet - it will minimize swaying and rocking|
|You may feel that you don't look the part||...so||take note of color and clothing criteria so that you are dressed for success|
Public speaking facts - arm yourself, put your contingency plans in place and you're good to go!
Public speaking is important and you're sure to present a great speech with poise and eloquence.