Effective Public Speaking Takes WORK

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Effective Public Speaking Takes WORK


binder, tamra, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Effective public speakers are able to connect with the audience and inspire them to think, feel or act differently.

You might not think of yourself as a public speaker, but all speaking is public speaking. It doesn't matter if you are speaking to an audience of one (your teenager or a prospect), a group of colleagues or an audience of 500. You are speaking to the public.

If you are in sales, you want your prospect to make a purchase or select your service. If you are in fundraising, you want a donor to give more. If you are speaking with your teenager, you probably just want him to listen.

It takes WORK to become an effective public speaker. These four tips based off work will help you feel more confident the next time you step in front of an audience.

* W stands for Why: Indifferent people cannot make a difference. When you speak from your heart with passion you will have a better chance of emotionally connecting with the audience.

Before you start writing your speech, ask yourself "why" you want to speak to the audience.

"Why" is your message different? "Why" should your audience should listen to you? When you start with the why, speak from the heart with passion, you will make a difference.

* O stands for OK: Everyone, even experienced speakers, has some anxiety when speaking in front of a group of people. This is perfectly normal and you must learn to be OK with being uncomfortable.

The best way to deal with this is to first acknowledge that this fear is perfectly normal - be prepared, take a few deep breaths and remember that it is OK to be uncomfortable.

* R stands for Rehearsal: There's a reason that we say, "Practice makes perfect! …

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