For some folks out there, the idea of having to stand up in front of an audience and deliver a presentation to them is a living nightmare waiting to happen. But it doesn't have to be that way!
These few simple pointers put together by the good folk at Inc.com will have you feeling more confident and assured in your abilities as a public speaker in no time at all, and before you know it you'll be volunteering to deliver presentations everywhere you go.
Here's a quick preview of just a few of the tips Inc.com suggests:
SCRIPT IT OUT!
Writing down my presentation and then practicing it several times --even silently to myself--helps me deliver a more fluent, more confident, and I hope, more impactful presentation. Even if you're using slides, I recommend you script out your presentation. It will help you flesh out the story you want to tell in the most natural language for you. But be careful: You don't want to stand in front of your audience and simply read a script. I might have my script in front of me when I'm presenting, but I don't read it verbatim. I change the words even as I read it. And I make sure I'm looking at my audience, not at my script.
What if you were able to sit in the audience and listen to yourself present? While this may be physically impossible, you can of course record yourself delivering your presentation. Capturing yourself on video is ideal, as you'll be able to observe your body language, along with listening to your delivery style. But even an audio recording is enough to help you identify problems--and fix them.
Some people seem to be naturally endowed with the ability to go on stage and deliver a flawless presentation without rehearsing. I'm not that sort of person, and I don't think most people are. Even the best speakers I know make a point of spending time to practice before going up in front of a crowd. You should too!
What are the other tips suggested by Inc.com to become a better public speaker? Head to their website now to find out!