Find a subject for which you have a passion. Think of how it apples to your life. Plan how would you tell a story about how it has impacted your life. An example might be a struggle you faced and how you overcame it. That is just one of a million subjects.
Offer to speak to area clubs or associations, such as Toastmasters, for FREE. Why for free? There will be people in the audience, who work for businesses that PAY speakers. You must have a website and demo. Several years ago, demos were not a requirement. They now are.
When you do speak to a group – MOVE! Use a cordless lavaliere microphone and walk around the room. Lightly touch people on the shoulder. If you walk around the room, people’s heads will turn, which means in a small way, they are INVOLVED! A lectern puts a layer between you and the audience. I never use a lectern.
Voice and clarity are important. One way to achieve clarity is to emphasize the last sound of each word. It may sound odd at first but not to the audience. It will sound very polished.
Use a full voice. Many celebrities, such as James Earl Jones and John Wayne, overcame their stuttering by using a full voice. Even if you don’t stutter, realize their voices made them famous….and wealthy.
PAUSE! No more than six (6) words at a time without a pause. Even less…..than six….will work….nicely. REMEMBER: The key to effective speaking is hesitation…..pause!
To be visually pleasing don’t use notes. You might write on index cards some keys words pertaining to each aspect if your presentation. TALK about each word. The main thing professional speakers are doing now is telling stories. If you can tell a story about each word/topic on your cards, your speech will have a better flow.
Too, after you have written all the words on index cards, try to think of an acronym/word and use that to keep your presentation in order. For example, you may have written on an index card, risk, objectivity, pessimistic, neutral, encouragement and self. Think of the first letter in each word and arrange them to PERSON….or any other word of your choosing.
Use PERSON to keep you on track:
P – pessimistic
E – encouragement
R – risk
S – self
O – objectivity
N – neutral
Practice what you will say about each word. NOTE: you are using this to keep you on track, but the audience has no clue. They will just think you are THAT good! You can keep your index card(s) on you or nearby in the event you get lost. You will leave them wanting more! There is MUCH more involved, but that should give you a start.
If you would like to learn how I overcame the fear of public speaking, read the ebook, Rise Above: Conquering Adversities on Amazon Kindle. It’s also available online in paperback format.
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