Let’s start from the absolute basics, to have a crystal-clear understanding of what we’re dealing with here.
What is public speaking?
Public speaking, also known as an oration, is the act of narrating or presenting in front of a live audience. It covers everything from talking to you significant other on a date night, to business presentations for work, and everything in between. The main purposes behind public speeches, are either persuasion sharing information or to entertain.
My regular readers know that I do not go about explaining important topics like such, without starting from the absolute basics, thus the definition.
Okay, so moving on…
What really make a good public speaker?
Jumping right into the answer,
1. Owning your speech,
2. Great knowledge of the topic at hand, and
3. A strong desire to share it with people.
Let’s try and understand why. When talking about public speaking involves you, interacting with another individual whose time is as precious as yours. In order for you to have their complete attention and get your message across, it is crucial for you to have a burning desire to do so. And well, you must know what exactly you’re talking about- else, you’re just going to make a fool of yourself.
Let’s take an example here; have you ever been in one of those boring business presentations where the presenter himself couldn’t care less about what he’s saying. He jumps from topic to topic, talking as if he is murmuring in his sleep, and of course, every else is just sipping water, in anticipation of the end of his presentation. Well, dear readers, that is exactly what you’re not supposed to do.
Let alone the deal being presented, everyone is going to hate you for making presentations like those.
Coming back to what I was saying, the reason why no one cares about the presentation in such situations, is because the presenter himself doesn’t. Thus, in order to have everyone’s attention to what you’re saying, you must have a burning desire to want to share it to others. And the only way you can do that, is by presenting something you believe in (owning the speech).
In the case of business presentations, you’re not always going to be able to speak from the heart, in all practicality. But you can always try your best to own the speech and not make it sound faked- that is quality that every salesperson and businessperson needs.
Well, to be honest those three tips are about it.
When It comes to public speaking, the above-mentioned three tips, revolutionized my life. Right from high school to being a successful startup entrepreneur, talking from the heart and wanting to influence people, helped me deliver speeches like a pro.
How to present like a pro:
1. Show passion, in whatever you say.
No one is going to be interested in what you’re saying, is you’re not. Show enthusiasm in what you’re saying and you’ll get back an enthusiastic response.
2. Use eye contact and gestures to your benefit.
Not just the pretty girl in the front row. Hehe.
Make eye contact with everyone in the audience, in order to develop a deeper connection and convey your message to them, successfully.
However, don’t overdo it. Rapid eye movement and giving your audience nervous looks doesn’t get you anywhere.
3. KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid. Especially when it’s time to talk business, focus on your core message. Don’t meander around it too much, with anecdotes, storytelling, etc.
4. Strong start and ending- this leaves your message in the minds of listeners. If you really want to present successfully and influence people with your presentations, you have to try your best to leave and impact on their minds.
Instead of remembering you as the ‘guy who spoke the other day’, they should remember you as ‘Mike, the founder of Best Business Books, who spoke about 5 ways to boost productivity’. Make sure to clearly mention who you are, what you stand for in life, and what you’re trying to put across. When making a business presentation, make sure to emphasize on what you’re trying to put across, it’s benefits, why it’s important, etc. (the business aspect of it).
5. Don't think of any of this. To be honest, overthinking and consciously trying to avoid mistakes, is going to make you sound unnatural and look like an amateur. Get in the zone, and let the flow of your speech carry you forward.
Public-speaking for young Entrepreneurs:
I’m sure it hasn’t gone unnoticed by you, that in today’s world of DMs and emojis, many young entrepreneurs have resorted to making most of their business-related conversations online, via email, DMs, etc. Whether this is a bad thing or not, is highly debatable and not something I’m interested in looking into. As a matter of fact, I myself deal with a lot of e-commerce related stuff and 90% of it is on-line.
However, here’s a little message. Someday, you’re going to have to expand and start operating as a brick and mortar business- well, at least in most cases. So, don’t let physical communication take a back seat. Frequently engage in intellectual business-related conversation with your partners, friends, etc. because it is an important skill.
Well, this was it, for this article.
If you want to know more about how you can gain popularity, win friends and most importantly, influence people with your ideas, I’d highly recommend you to check out ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’, by Dale Carnegie. I’ve recently picked up a copy and am almost halfway through… A must read!
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