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8 Public Speaking Skills To Help You Crush That Presentation

8 Public Speaking Skills To Help You Crush That Presentation
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Getting up to stand in front of any audience is not an easy thing to do, no matter the size of the audience.

As a matter of fact, some surveys have found that public speaking is one of the worst fear that people have.

Unfortunately, for some professions, you cannot escape having to speak in public. In this case, instead of shying away from doing it, it’s a better approach to find ways of getting better at it.

Some instances where you might have to speak in public at work are during small meetings, company updates, conferences or other events. 

No matter how scary you might think the process is, there are steps you can take to help you improve your skills and prepare to succeed in doing presentations.

No matter how scary you might think the process is, there are steps you can take to help you improve your skills and prepare to succeed in doing presentations.

1. Understand The Expectations And Learn The Details

It’s important to put together all the needed information including details about the location, technical setup, presentation time limit, dress code, topics to address and so on.

Being able to gather all this information will ensure that you prepare a presentation that meets expectations.

It will also help you to avoid unnecessary mistakes and reduce the stress of not knowing what do to due to lack of preparation.

2. Know your audience

It is equally vital that you understand who your audience is as well as knowing the topic you will be talking about in front of them.

This way you will be able to deliver your presentation in line the right way and you don’t run the risk of boring them with the information they either already know or that might be too much for them.

It is good practice to learn to tailor your message to every audience you deliver it to, even if it’s the same message. This allows you to make a better impact each time to you do a presentation.

For example, the way you deliver a presentation about your company’s future to a group of company executives will be different from how you deliver the same message to a group of college students looking to get into the industry.

One would be more detailed oriented including specifics and statistics going over the core of the company’s performance.

The other will be more of a general outlook and introduction into the industry and how your company is positioned in the scheme of things.

3. Plan and structure your speech

You need to plan and map out what you will be saying before you focus on how you will be saying it.

Your diction and presentation skills might be great but it has less impact on the audience if there is no structure in what you are saying.

The right approach here is to adopt simplicity because when you stand in front of an audience and you have too many unstructured points, it’s easy for them to forget what you are talking about.

You need to pick one focal point and no matter how long you are presenting for, you need to stick to a central theme.

Even if you have to support your point with examples, always make sure it keeps coming back to that main point.

A good approach is to start by telling a story that gives an explanation of why you are addressing the topic and then offer evidence of the fact that others are thinking about it as well then offer solutions.

4. Don’t overload your slides

Having too much text on your presentation slides will have the opposite effect on your audience. They end up retaining only very little of that information.

If you don’t like being on the receiving end of an overloaded presentation, it’s also very likely that others will not want to be put in the same situation.

There is the likelihood that you might be tempted to start reading from your slides and this could easily bore your audience.

You should use your slides as a visual guide to complement what you are saying and to emphasise your main point.

“Your diction and presentation skills might be great but it has less impact on the audience if there is no structure in what you are saying.”

5. Practice, practice, practice

No matter how well you prepared your presentation and put your information together, it won’t all come together without practising and this has to be done multiple times.

Practising is also a good way of getting comfortable with the idea of doing the presentation.

You will get more confident with the presentation before you actually do it because the idea becomes more familiar the more you practice it.

6. Get feedback

Go a step further than practising by doing a practice run of your presentation in front of a live audience.

It could be a family member or friend. This is a good way to get used to doing the presentation before the actual one. 

This gives you the opportunity to ask them for feedback about things such as the clarity of your words if the points you have made sense and any other areas of improvement. 

A good practice tactic is to record an audio or video of yourself doing the presentation and then listen or watch it back. It allows you to critique yourself and pay attention to areas that need improvement.

7. Memorise the first and last lines

This is a tip that you would find helpful. You will find that starting off on the right footing is a very important step.

If you form the habit of memorising the first lines of your presentation, this allows you to flow into the rest of the presentation with less risk of wandering off in a different tangent.

Memorising the last line enables you to drive home the main point of your presentation. Doing this will help you to start strong and finish strong.

8. Join a club or attend a workshop

Joining a club or attending workshops is a way for you to improve your public speaking skills.

This way you will have many opportunities to practice live presentations and master the skill before you do the real one. 

This practice is important because it gives you a lot of stage time in front of an audience.

A good example of a club you can join is Toastmasters, The organisation has become so successful because it has given so many people the ability to practice in front of a live audience.

Joining a club or attending workshops is a way for you to improve your public speaking skills.

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