Public Speaking: 5 Frequently Asked Questions
The idea of public speaking brings up daunting emotions for many. One way to ease this discomfort is to better understand the factors of public speaking. For that reason this article addresses frequently asked questions surrounding the topic of public speaking. If your question is not listed here, feel free to add it in the comments section.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are some people more natural at public speaking? Some people are more comfortable with communication in general. However, even those people have to practice to be good at public speaking. An effective presentation or speech requires engaging topics, smooth transitions and supporting facts, details, and examples including stories. It ends with an impactful summary of the information.
- How do I improve my public speaking? Working through emotional fears, preparing your speech or presentation using key elements for organization, content, transition, and engagement is part of the answer. The second part of the answer is to practice, and practice some more.
- What are audiences looking for in stellar speeches or presentations? Audiences want valuable content that’s applicable to their lives. They want the information organized so it’s easy to grasp and apply. They want the information to be delivered in a fun way that engages them.
2 “P” Methods
- Why is preparation so important? Preparation allows you to build organization and create valuable, interesting content. Organization results in the audience members being able to spend more time synthesizing and applying the information versus deciphering it.
- Why is practice so important? Practice frees you up to be spontaneous. It facilitates your presence of mind to analyze your audience reactions and respond accordingly. For example, when you’re less worried about what you’re going to say next, you can be more confident. Confidence means you’re more relaxed. When you’re more relaxed, you can be yourself and let your personality shine through.
Public speaking is extremely effective way to reach a lot of people in a short period of time. However, the prospect can be overwhelming for someone new to public speaking. Knowing the importance and positive effects of preparation, practice, and knowing what your audience wants can be empowering. Stellar public speakers aren’t just born. If you have a question you don’t’ see listed here, write it in the comments section so we can answer it for you. Hopefully this article has giving you ideas on how to become a better public speaker.
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