Being co-captain of my high school’s debate team, I can tell you through firsthand experience that public speaking is a hard task, and is an endeavor that many people would literally prefer dying then performing. Nevertheless with my years of experience and my expertise this article will guide you with tips that will help you to become a better public speaker.
The first step to becoming a better public speaker is dressing well. This may seem insignificant, but the way you dress has direct impact on your performance as speaker. For example if you dress badly, have a scuffled shirt, and unsightly shoes, you will feel as though everyone is looking at that part of you, and judging you, thus inhibiting you on focusing on the main goal at hand which is speaking. Remember to always iron clothes neatly, brush your teeth, and comb your hair to look and feel as neat as possible.
The second step is how well rehearsed you are in what you are speaking about. If you are on stage or in front of the podium and are speaking about something you have no idea about, chances are you are going to stutter and look bad. Try your best a couple of days before, to review your notes thoroughly, and make sure that they are implanted within memory before you go up to speak. This will help because if the notes are memorized you will have to look less at the notes or presentation screen for reference, and will be able to focus on relaying the message more clearly and making more eye contact with the audience.
The third step to becoming a better public speaker has already been mentioned slightly before and that is making eye contact. If you are up on stage and are unable to look at the audience while talking, it will make them feel as though you are not really talking to them so they will focus their attention on something else. To avoid this try your best to make eye contact in every direction of the audience. It will make them feel as though they are more involved and will allow them to provide you with their attention. This is probably the hardest step out of all of them because it calls for stepping out of your comfort zone, but as long as you practice this, after a while you should have no problem.
In conclusion, public speaking not easy, but as long as you practice the necessary steps you can improve the way you speak, and the amount of benefits that it will provide you will be invaluable.