How to be a Good Speaker
Being a good speaker requires planning, clarity of thought,
and a well-structured discourse from beginning to end.
It is important to avoid creating confusion or leaving your listeners feeling that they have wasted their time.
Follow these next steps and people will appreciate what you have to say.
Make eye contact The visual contact is very important. …
Have a point and stick to it. …
Speak clearly. …
Adjust your speech according to your audience. …
Do not use the same tone throughout the speech. …
Do not be condescending. …
1- Make eye contact The visual contact is very important. You can look over people’s heads, because it looks like you’re looking directly at them, but you’re not really doing it! Do not overdo it, or you’ll run the risk of appearing to be nodding your head, or being very rigid.
2- Have a point and stick to it. Sometimes you will have to talk about a specific topic. Even in a casual conversation, it is important to focus on a limited set of related ideas. If you drift from one idea
3 -Speak clearly. It may be tempting to say “The whattlpppd work well in some parts of the ffcsrt .” Nor will it be worthwhile for the listener to spend their time trying to decipher what you are trying to say.
4-Adjust your speech according to your audience. A technical audience will appreciate the use of their jargon or acronyms. If your audience has trouble understanding the concepts, it may be necessary to talk slower and offer some generally familiar examples.
5-Do not use the same tone throughout the speech. This makes you sound like a dry, dull and boring person. Raising your voice in some places makes you a better speaker. Imagine that it is a debate, and you try to emphasize the important parts. Martin Luther King, one of the greatest orators in history, raised and lowered his tone during his speeches.
6-Do not be condescending. When people are treated like idiots, or like young children, they can become hostile and ignore what you say. You sound condescending when you use a sung tone in your speech, you sigh loudly, or you disparage your listeners in some way.
7-Speak louder. People have to listen to what you say, regardless of whether they are in the first or last row, or if there is a lot of noise.
8-Organize what you are saying. If there are many ideas or details related to your main idea, talk about each of them deliberately. If you are trying to cover large amounts of information, perhaps mention what you are going to say at the beginning, and then summarize what you said in the conclusion.
9-Be kind, follow social conventions and be rational. Obviously there are many speakers who do not follow this step, and still have large audiences and many followers. You probably are not one of these speakers.
Stuttering is normal, and many people do it. Your brain is stuck because it is very nervous, and blood pumps rapidly through your brain. You’re thinking a lot, just relax and go with the flow. If you stutter, stop a second and continue again.
Make gestures with your hands, but do not exaggerate by moving your arms all over the place. Only move your hands occasionally.
If you are giving a presentation, try not to be the first or the last. Being the first is difficult, because you have to set the tone, but if you think you’re going to make a big impression, then do it.
Act casual, relax and take things easy!
Politicians follow many, or almost all of these steps, and you want to emulate them.
Avoid monotony. Monotony is really a form of disorganization, where important information is not distinguished from unimportant.
Imagine that they feel the same as you. Nobody really cares much when you speak, unless it’s a big debate.
The worst speaker is the boring one. Do not be boring! Generally, when something is boring it ceases to be interesting, and overestimates the attention capacity of its audience.
It is also easy to get carried away when you are important. If you neglect many of the previous steps and you trust your importance to direct the attention of the audience, the audience may resent it. The public can even work to weaken your authority.
Using incendiary language, and making analogies to World War II situations, and to figures (especially Hitler, fascism, communism, and Stalin) usually causes people to concentrate on the offensive individual statement, or on the character of your speech , instead of the content of it.
It’s easy to get carried away when you give a speech. If you find that you scream, or speak loudly often, it is likely that you are skipping many of the steps listed.
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