While mentoring some colleagues to help them overcome their fear of public speaking and to improve their public speaking skills, I noticed a distinct “fear of the flip chart”. What is it and how does one overcome it?
The last relationship idea is extremely important. When you are talking to a person you can tell by body language and facial expression what your message is doing to them emotionally. You may be causing people to be happy, confused, have anger or any other range of emotion. Gauging an audience is the same as reading a single person and essential for effective speaking. By reading your group you can tailor your message even further for that group.
There are a lot of training courses and books on the subject you could go on and read, but ultimately, it is practise that will make you a better speaker.
When you do any presentation (even if it’s a dry run in front of friends or family) ask for constructive feedback. Don’t be precious and consciously work on your weaknesses.
One-on-one apologies are fairly simple to do. However, when we’ve done something that has offended a larger group of people, then that’s when our presentation training are going to have to come into play and the true importance of public speaking is going to have to save the day.
95% of your success is determined before the presentation. Your audience will know if you didn’t rehearse. Rehearsing, or “rehearing” yourself minimizes 75% of your nervousness. Rehearse standing up, or better yet, ask someone to videotape you. The camera will be your most objective ally. The more comfortable you become with your material via rehearsing, the more comfortable you will be with your body language.
Most public speaking is in the form of some sort of presentation that needs to be related to an audience of people. It starts with an introduction, the discussion, and then a conclusion. It can even be timed.
Say a sentence or two to someone on the left side of the room, then move to someone in the middle and right. This little technique has been used secretly by some of the most powerful public speakers in the world.