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Story telling is a very effective way to get your point across. Here’s how you make a story dynamic.
First of all, know the purpose of the story. What is the point you want to get across? You should direct the story telling to make sure your point will be obvious.
Make a background. Describe the scene so that the audience can picture it in their minds. When and where did it happen? What is going on emotionally, physically, or spiritually?
Introduce the main characters. Give detailed descriptions so your audience can relate. Become them; describe their relationships, quirks and personality. You can make use of different voices to give your characters more distinction.
Begin the Journey. What is the aim of this journey? What are the tests that will be encountered?
Meet the obstacle. To avoid boredom something must happen to get in your way and make it interesting. This could be in the form of a person, a challenge, a belief or some other thing. Exaggeration will add humour.
Triumph over all the obstacles. What had to be done to overcome the obstacle? What are your strengths that will help you do this? Did you have help? Was it a hero? Or maybe you? Be specific. Have a step-by-step answer. You educate your audience here.
Finish the journey. How did everything turn out? You should tackle everything and everyone, like what became of the others? What about the main character?
After that, you can say the message you want your audience to get. A story with one main point is better than a story with too many points. Make your point into a statement that’s almost too simple, so that it’ll be easy to remember. You have to have a phrase that says it all.
Then, you ask the audience a question. Make your story personal to the audience. “Has that ever happened to you?” Turn the point you want to get across into a inquisition. Make them react!
Practice can only make you better. You can practice on anyone who will listen. Get feedback, make adjustments, and tell it again. These steps will ignite the WOW in your audience.
Keep in mind that your next story will always be better than the last!
To be an effective public speaker, one should be able to utilize devices that will capture the attention of the audience. Getting them on stage is considered an effective way to capture the interest of the audience. Make them participate. The rest of the audience will almost always stay attentive when one of them gets on stage. Why? Because they will be curious to see what you will be doing to one of them. There’s also the fact that they’re thinking it could be them up there and this will save their egos from embarrassment and they would at least know what’s going on.
Nothing beats the excitement of getting someone to be on stage who really should not be there in the first place no matter how excellent or good you are as a public speaker or as a presenter. If you call someone unexpectedly, everyone else is going to wonder if they are going to be next. As you go through your presentation, the audience will most likely think about the point you are making, and as you take your point across, the audience will understand. You have forced them to listen as well as respond to your statement in the privacy of their minds because you have made them pay attention.
But there are others who are very sensitive and extremely shy and if they hear that you will be calling on them up on the stage, then they might try to withdraw going through the rest of your presentation. Here, the objective is to gain an audience and avoid losing any of them.
Make it clear prior to your asking someone to come up on stage with you that you are asking for a volunteer and that no one will be forced if they do not want to. Notice that if the majority of your audience are shy, once you finally get someone to be on stage, all of them will almost always heave a sigh of relief.
Giving your audience due recognition is yet another way to get the audience to participate as well as pay attention. Try to acknowledge a single member of the audience for a specific achievement or a moment of a good performance, or also acknowledge a group of the audience.
During a speaking event, try listening to other expert speakers as much as possible especially the guest speaker since they may be able to provide some useful tips while they are talking. When it is time to speak to the audience, this could also add more bits and pieces and get rid of redundancy as well. Also, this is to save a speaker from any embarrassment, since other speakers at some point try to use materials of the same kind.
Aside from listening to the other speakers, try to listen to the majority of the audience. Knowing the audience would mean that the speaker can have a clearer idea of the audience may not like to hear and what is really sought after. Here are some tips that can be accomplished before making that big speech.
Go to the entrance hall and try to mingle with the audience as much as you can when they arrive. One way to remove the tension and put a smile on their faces is by greeting them and it could stay there when the speech begins.
Feel the room. Being familiar with the people and the place can be helpful in knowing the audience type.
Remember that people came there to listen and the event has been probably scheduled ahead of time and the last thing that the listeners would want to hear is a speaker giving apologies.
Try doing some research. Knowing who you are delivering the speech to and the place where these people came from will definitely give ideas on how to properly talk to them.
Their facial expressions should be studied. They may not be saying anything but their actions and the way they tense their muscles would definitely mean either they do not understand what the speaker is saying or they have other questions to support what was earlier spoken. If this happens, open the floor for questions. Begin by raising one’s own hand to invite people with questions.
What the audience would especially want is a speaker who is very informative, interesting, and can provide entertainment. If they have questions, make sure to understand each and answer them in the most informative and non-offensive way as possible if the topic is very sensitive. Put seriousness in if the topic calls for it, but for minor issues, a little keynote for an icebreaker will surely help.
Knowing when to halt during the speech is important for a speaker. Practicing the speech at home by using a timer would help a speaker eliminate unnecessary words or phrases during the speech. Unimportant words are not necessary because having his audience end up being bored and not having to understand the speech all together is something he would want to avoid.
Speaking in public is a really good monologue of sorts but this monologue is addressed to a ready, receptive, and able audience who wants to learn from you as much as you want to learn from them.
It would be more effective to speak in public if it is listened to. Keep reading to learn the effective tips in maintaining that necessary contact with the audience.
You could walk around the venue minutes before your actual speaking engagement and familiarize yourself with the people who will be listening to you. A warm greeting is what you can give the people and the attendees as they arrive. Delivering a speech to a group of people whom you consider as friends is so much easier than delivering it to a bunch of anonymous faces.
Succeeding is what people expect and want you to do. Audiences want to be as informed, stimulated and entertained as they could be. If you do fail, then they will cringe with you. If you succeed, then your audience will benefit just as well from your great speaking performance.
Don’t apologize, there’s nothing to be sorry for
You may be setting the audience up to focus on that thing you are apologizing for if you mention to them that you are nervous or if you express your apologies to any problems you think may exist about your speech or your speech delivery. It isn’t necessary to mention this to them because it’s possible they haven’t noticed this until you brought it up. Try to relax and be silent. Your audience will also relax if you relax.
Make eye contact
Appear natural and connect with your audience. It would be better if be as natural as you can be without overdoing it. Getting the audience to nod their heads as an acknowledgement of what you are trying to convey is what you should be able to do. Do not breeze through your speech. During those points you want to emphasize, you need to pause for a while or for a brief moment. You can also consider this a good time to establish eye contact with your attendees and you can also catch that much needed breath.
If during the question and answer part of your speaking engagement an audience expresses disagreement with any part of your message, you need not aggressively prove your point to him or her. A debate is not just a futile means to get your point across but it could just as well never be resolved. Never get that attendee to talk with you during your speaking engagement and instead, try talking to them after.
The speech that you are going to deliver may already be prepared and you know everything about it but it doesn’t change the fact that public speaking can be hard. A lot of people get nervous when they speak in public. In order for you to overcome your nervous feelings when you speak in front of many people, here are some tips you can consider.
How to prepare your presentation
You need to center on yourself. You can practice standing properly with your feet directly under the hips. For speaking in public, this position is the best and the most stable. You can rehearse this position in front of your mirror or with somebody.
Your shoulders should also be relaxed. In order to have a fast effect on your voice, the muscles in the shoulders should support the larynx directly. The shoulders should also be rolled out.
Warming up the voice. What you should do is treat all of your presentations as if they were performances. Prepare yourself by rehearsing. Deeply breathe into the bottom part of the lungs. Your rib cage expanding slightly higher than the navel is what you will feel. Next, you need to thrice sigh. Sighing is your signal to the body that everything is okay and it is just perfect to relax. Next, you need to make a siren sound and this should start from a high note to a lower note at the bottom part of the voice range that you have. By having enough practice, finding the low note connecting to the place that’s located right above the navel is what you will be able to do. This is the natural voice pitch that you have.
Managing meeting skills
Directing your voice. Imagine that each you say is like a beam of laser traveling from your mouth to the end person listening to you and this is what you should do every time that you speak. If you want to be able to reach many people at the same time, then you should practice this outlook.
Direct your thoughts. Pay attention to your thoughts, especially their beginnings and endings. Make your communication complete and fully rounded.
Besides diction, you should also consider articulation. Clearly convey your message.
Give yourself time and space in breathing.
Before answering, slightly breathe out first. You usually take in more additional air than you need when you are flustered or nervous and while you try to think, you hold on to that air. But this will not help you. This method will usually cause you to panic. Breathe air first before you speak in order to remove this habit and to allow you to relax and thoughts to come in more logically and clearly.
Which is more to your liking, public speaking or gargling with drain cleaner? It’s no surprise how many would choose the Drano.
Many people have public speaking as their number one fear. You feel too anxious, you’re sweating so much, your knees, hands, and voice are shaking, and your brains seems to stop working. Why is that? Because you are scared to death.
Here are a few tips to overcome your fear of public speaking.
Think about yourself doing it. Imagine that you are telling a crowd of people something. Picture yourself from start to finish. Start with walking towards the mike, through your speech, and up to the victorious ending.
Always practice. You should try delivering your speech again and again. Now, do the same thing to a real live person (just make sure they will be honest with you about your presentation). Remember, repetition is the mother of all skill. This statement couldn’t be truer. You can just about overcome any fear you have by doing it over and over again. Take sports, for example. These professional athletes never miss a shot. This is mainly because they practice a lot. This applies to public speaking, too.
Get your camcorder and tape yourself speaking to an imaginary audience. This is a good way to see and hear how you will appear and sound to an audience.
Relax. You should relax before you give your presentation. Take several slow deep breaths and recall that the audience is here to listen to your presentation. They don’t know (or really care) what your personal life is like. They aren’t interested in your personal life.
If you are well-prepared, you won’t feel quite as nervous, and you’ll be more confident. After you end your speech, Drano will never look the same way to you again.
Now’s the time! You got your first ever public speaking engagement. You had practiced thousands of times. You are all ready to give your best presentation ever.
As you begin you have exactly 3 minutes of your presentation to grab the audience’s attention and build rapport to ensure they buy in to what you have to say.
Your audience is critical of you during the first 3 minutes of your presentation. This is when they will decide if they wish to listen to your presentation or not. If they decide not to listen to you at that time, then you’re in trouble.
Why is the first 3 minutes of your public speaking engagement is most important period of your presentation? That’s because this is the period when the audience is still paying attention. The people also make their minds whether you’re worth listening to or not. Here, the first impression is crucial, and you only have one shot at it.
At this time, you should build rapport with your audience. Rapport is needed for two parties to communicate. Therefore, you should build this connection before you go to your topic.
People tend to like those who have things in common with themselves. When you have rapport with your audience, they will feel that they can relate to you and you to them, so they will be interested in hearing what you have to say.
You can build rapport with your audience by:
Try using their words. Use their Jargon’s and preferred terms. Use the same tone and mimic how they say it. Apply their gestures and postures.
People feel closer when they have shared experiences and happenings. You can share a story that your audience can relate to. It’s a good idea to meet your audience individually before your presentation to build rapport.
It’s ideal to let your audience voice out their expectations as you start the presentation, and you should meet those expectations. Various openers should be used to find out which would be best for you to build a connection with your listeners. Try different openers and see the effects. The most successful ones are the best ones.
If you have built enough rapport with your audience in the first 3 minutes of your presentation the rest of your presentation will move smoothly. Your audience won’t be lacking in interaction and all of you will have fun.
Just keep in mind that the first three minutes of a presentation is very important. Start right.
The content of a speech should match the information needed by the audience. Carefully and specifically prepare the material in order to ensure success on your public speaking endeavor. Recording your speech then carefully listening to it will be a lot of help. Do this in front of the mirror. You will be able to know which are the weaknesses of your speech as well as the strong points of your speech.
Below are the most important things you need to consider when you are invited to do a public speech.
Delivering a speech is like performing as an actor on stage. Choose an attire which is appropriate for the occasion. You should be serious if the topic is serious. The topic that is being presented should be reflected by the image. But keep in mind that being boring at all is not what this means. You need to protect yourself as an enthusiastic, lively, and confident speaker despite the seriousness of the topic.
It is often said that the eyes are the windows to a person’s soul. When giving the speech presentation, make sure that you make eye contact. Just be sure to avoid sticking to only one person in the room. Look at the people as if they’ve been long time friends and acquaintance. When it comes to the opening statements, make sure that they are catchy. This will get the audience’s attention. These people have a lot of things going on in their minds prior to hearing the speech presentation and a good eye opener of the speaker’s words would definitely get their minds into participating during the talk. With an icebreaker, you will be able to write the topic on a board and ask the audience what things they would want to hear about the topic. Finally, don’t miss a good joke.
You need to make a pause? This will let the speaker and the listeners to reflect and absorb everything that has been said. Avoid looking like someone who is already out of air.
Enhance presentations by using audio-visual materials. You should have a plan A and B so you have an alternative to fall upon in case the first plan fails.
Keeping track of the time is important so as not to bore the audience. Never go beyond the time allotted since there could be other speakers and listeners could also have other appointments.
Make sure to provide a main point that has been discussed at the end.
There are questions you won’t be able to answer but this shouldn’t worry you. Remember, it is extremely important to do some research before you deliver that speech.
The whole experience should be enjoyed. Any discomfort that the speaker is feeling will also be felt by the audience. They would often remember the image projected more than the topic discussed.
There’s more to speaking than sharing a few words. Here are the top nine characteristics of public speakers that you can use too.
Good Content. Everyone can develop good content. Share things that are important to your audience.
Funny. It would be hard to hate a person who makes you laugh. A good speaker will know how to make his audience laugh early on. It would make your audience more receptive. You don’t have to put on a comedy show; just be amusing.
Well Thought-Out. Never talk nonsense during a presentation. You should make your notes in a way that they would keep you focused on the topics to be discussed. Your audience should feel that they receive a good message that’s easy to remember.
Open-minded. Some speakers try to get in and get out as fast as possible, but the audience likes to know the speaker is available an approachable. It’s really good if a speaker meets the people as they come in.
Realism. Nobody likes false humility. Honesty is something people look for in others. Just be true to everyone. This would keep you from feeling like one person most of the time and another when you’re in front of an audience.
Ongoing growth. Great speakers continue to grow in the knowledge and application of the craft. They don’t rest when reaching a particular level. Instead, they find ways to become even better than they currently are.
Charitable. The greats give without expecting any return. Most big name speakers give anonymously to the charities and organizations they cherish. This makes them well-loved by the public.
Normal. An audience would be more responsive to a speaker who acts naturally.
Passionate. You put energy with words when you speak. The more passionate you are, the greater the chance that the audience will get and remember your message. No one ever hopes that the speaker will bore them to death. People would want speakers who are really enthusiastic about their topic.
Speaking in public can be a nerve racking experience. Here are some tips to boost your confidence in public speaking.
Do not be afraid to look straight at the audience.
Loosen up and keep your wits around you. You know now by heart what you intend to say. So get it over with.
Arm yourself with visual aids. This could help the people listening to you understand more of what you want to say. They will understand the gist of your speech. Visual aids will be most effective if kept simple. If for whatever reason you cannot show a visual, than you will have just have to give a clear and concise talk about the message of your speech.
It will help if you can give a handout in advance. This would serve as their copy of your speech or at least the points you are tackling. They will be appreciative of your effort to make things easier for everybody. Be simple and clear on what you say in the handout. Stick to simple English without legalese and technical words.
Do not think of how you can survive the speech, but on how you can do your speech brilliantly.
Be careful about your grammar and speech construction so the audience can understand you and will not be wondering what you are talking about. It pays to list down all the points you want to say, and arrange them in a logical, coherent order. If your subject is about the advantages of stem cell research, establish the basis of your thesis and the reasons and justifications in an orderly manner that led to your conclusion.
Change the tonality and speed of your voice every now and then during the presentation. A well timed gesture now and then will help. Sometimes in your speech, you can pause to dramatize a point. If you are excited or angry about something, let your listeners feel that you are actually excited or angry about it.
One way of preparing for your speech is to read books about speech making. Especially helpful would be books about confronting and overcoming the fear of speaking in front of people. You can also go online and look for sites that dwell in the subject of public speaking.
Speaking before a group of people can be intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it is greatly satisfying and great fun. The first thing a speaker must endeavor to do is to learn to enjoy what he is doing and once he is able to do so he will fear no more and everything will fall into place.