Public speaking is usually related to Inform, Persuade or entertain a live audience. The first speaker recorded in books is of Aristotle the great philosopher, astronomer and teacher thousands of years ago.
There is always a diversity in the crowd when it comes to their thoughts playing in their minds. Ex. a woman may be thinking of cooking dinner, a man would be waiting to come back to his family, another may have a parent or a child on their mind, or some business.
The task here is to entice an audience and deliver what they have come to you seeking. Our words fill the space with vibrations and can hypnotize an audience at will. Politicians are well aware of this as well as leaders and Public speakers.
Following are some tips on Public speaking
- Plan, Practice and Execute. Without planning no one can help you stand on stage and deliver. An audience expects a level of conviction in you to provide the message to them. So you first need to plan what you have to say. Practice in front of the mirror or in front of your family if you are new in this foray. Then Execute, a seamless execution is when you can create an impression on the audience which can perhaps change their lives or bring them direction.
- Always dress appropriately. Dress in such a manner that your clothes don’t get attention yet they reflect your standards. Colors that are not too bright yet not too dull to take their attention off you, is the mantra.
- Have Confidence as you speak. Meditation is an important way to dissolve fear. The clearing of our throat chakras to deliver without hesitation with conviction. There are other methods to dissolve fear like chewing on a gum before going on the stage or saying a short mantra that you believe to be true. Clearing your mind is of prime importance, there are many ways to it we just have to choose which suits us best. Research.
- Ask questions or feedback from your audience. This will dissolve lethargy and get their minds thinking by racing back to what you said in your lecture or speech.
- Body language is very important to the orator to keep the audience in a constant state of awareness through your different actions. It is as well as an indicator on judging the audience. The moment you observe the audience is disinterested keep little stories, jokes or proverbs of great men handy to pique their interest. The content of the matter will be in accordance to the audience.
- Sharing childhood anecdotes or common interactions at school and family will keep your audience in a state of empathy. This will get them your attention as well as focus.
- Keep Audio Visual aids as a part of the curriculum during your speech. This helps the crowd to know that we are in sync with newer practices, our ideas get more weightage due to technological inference.
- The dynamics of the strata of society with which you interact also help in determining the structure of language you use. If your audience is comprised of students, you use a language that is simple yet lucid. If it’s the lower strata of our society you will use a very basic mode of communication. Thus the content should stay on the same wavelength of the collective mindset of a crowd you are dealing with.
Last but not the least, be upbeat and dynamic in what you wish to convey. Do so with all the power that lay within you. Get started!