“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”
By Roy T. Bennett.
I will try to summarize and explain them so that you can easily put them into practice…
These are the 10 most important tips you need to take into account to learn to speak in public.
Technique 1: The Preparation.
When speaking you must be convinced of what you say so that you can project security on your topic. That’s why you should investigate long enough to master the subject perfectly.
Preparing yourself well means researching, analyzing and organizing your information. This way it will be much easier for you to remember and express your ideas in a fluid and clear way.
I suggest you classify your information into subtopics, index these subtopics, and then add keywords, phrases, names or related examples below each one.
Technique 2: The Practice.
Before making your presentation you should practice it at least 10 times in front of the mirror. Of all the techniques to speak in public, this is the best known, but it is the one that fewer people actually apply.
Only with practice you will be able to observe and listen to your bodily movements, your gestures and your voice, so that you can improve them until you print the correct intention. In addition, it will help you to reaffirm the information so that nothing is forgotten and you can deliver it with total confidence to your audience.
If you wish you can use your scheme as a guide to practice, and it is highly recommended that you do it in front of family or friends who can give you their opinion.
Technique 3: The Voice
The best tool you have to communicate with your audience and deliver a powerful message is your voice. Your voice should project enthusiasm and conviction, but at the same time it should be pleasant for those who listen to you.
A well-modulated voice has much greater power than a monotonous voice. That is why you must make changes in the volume, tone and speed of your voice throughout your presentation. These changes not only serve to inject suspense and excitement to your audience, but also to prevent them from getting bored or falling asleep.
In this article you will find more techniques to modulate the voice:
Technique 4: Positive Attitude
Having a positive attitude is the key to success in your presentation. One of the most common mistakes of people is to let negative thoughts come to their mind like: “What if something goes wrong?”, “I’m very nervous”, or “What if I forget what I’m going to say? ? ” Feeding thoughts as negative as these is a sure path to failure.
I recommend that you mentally or loudly repeat the following phrases: “I can do it”, “Every day I am better to speak in public”, “Every time I am a better speaker”, “I like to communicate with people”, “I am a person totally sure of myself. “
Set aside a few minutes a day to repeat these phrases that will help you to program your mind positively and to maintain a positive attitude. It is very important that you make this a new habit in your life, because only then will you notice the results.
Technique 5: Trust
This confidence technique is rather a principle that applies to everything you do, because if you speak in public with confidence, you can be sure that you will do well.
But this applies to any aspect of your life. If you get on a bicycle, afraid of falling, you will surely end up on the floor.
To develop your confidence you must first take ACTION and try what you want to learn, then you need to achieve a little SUCCESS by striving to do well until you see a bit of progress, when you see that you have obtained good RESULTS you will start to BELIEVE more and more in you same.
The formula of trust is that simple: ACTION, SUCCESS, RESULTS, BELIEVE.
You can repeat this cycle as many times as necessary, until you have developed the confidence you need.
Technique 6: Control of Fear.
Fear is a natural tool that protects us against the dangers that may put our lives at risk. However, there are irrational fears that do not really represent a real danger, but that can represent a great distraction and discomfort.
To control this type of fear, such as the fear of speaking in public, you need to face them in such a way that you get used to exposing yourself little by little to that situation that causes you fear.
As you come to realize that nothing bad is going to happen, nor your life is at risk, you will gradually control your irrational fear, and you will be able to express yourself with more confidence in front of people.
Technique 7: Deep Breathing
Breathing deeply will help you feel more relaxed, and your brain has more oxygen and you can concentrate better.
The shallow breathing is done in the chest, but deep breathing causes your abdomen to inflate, since the lungs are pear-shaped, they are wider at the bottom, and that’s where you have to send the air.
Take a few minutes a day to take a deep breath, and do it a few minutes before beginning your presentation.
Technique 8: Sincerity.
Your goal in speaking in public is to deliver something of value to the people who listen to you. And in addition, they are perfectly trained to discover if you are talking to them with sincerity, or just want to take advantage of them.
That is why it is important that when you speak to an audience you do it authentically. Do not try to pretend or lie.
I recommend that you develop a sincere intention to help the people you are going to talk to, in this way, your words and your body language will project this love towards your audience that will make them believe in you.
Technique 9: The Focus.
Your ability to concentrate is very important to express yourself in a safe and fluid way. So, EMPHASIZE in only one thing throughout your presentation: Your Message.
Define what message you want to convey to your listeners, and stay focused on getting your message delivered. Do not pay attention to the people who watch you, nor pay attention to yourself because you are going to be distracted.
Just give yourself a passion to your message, and focus on getting people to come.
Technique 10: Make mistakes.
The losers believe that it is bad to be wrong, the winners know that mistakes are learned.
From now on, do not be afraid to make mistakes, because only then will you accumulate experience. Human beings learn 10 times more of our mistakes than of our successes.
Remember that to learn to ride a bicycle, you must first fall several times.
I really hope that these 10 techniques to speak in public help you achieve all your goals as a speaker.