Public speaking is essential in business, education, and the public arena. There are many benefits to public speaking, whether you’re an individual or a company. In this article, we’ll define ‘How to Become Better at Public Speaking.’
Tap into Your Natural Talents as a Speaker
Learning to speak as a leader will transform the most critical component of your personal and organisational success: effective communication. In a recently conducted survey by the presentation software company Prezi, it was found that 70 per cent of working Americans agreed that presentation skills are critical to their career success, and with so many multinational and global companies based in Ireland and the UK now, the experience in this part of the world is likely to similar.
Moreover, a Harvard Business Review survey revealed that communication and presentation skills are amongst the C-suite level capabilities that organisations cherish most. Another HBR article explained it perfectly in the title: “Leadership Is a Conversation.”
Public speaking reflects who you are. To personify the qualities of a leader when you speak, you should always tap into your natural talents.
Know Your Public Speaking Strengths
It is crucial to know your public speaking strengths. A ‘public speaking strength’ is anything from any area of your life that assists you to get your point across when you talk to other people in public.
Your strengths might include an excellent education, a big personality, a Hollywood hairstyle, or a Nobel Prize.
No matter who you are or what you do, you will have a list of strengths.
What matters most is that you know what they are, and can use your strengths (and your skills) with confidence.
Combined, your list of strengths become a superpower, as they add up to the unique person you are. Giving full expression to that superpower through speaking in public—whether that’s just to your team or department, whether it’s in a boardroom for an important pitch, or whether it’s on a conference stage in front of a thousand people—is certain to set you apart from the rest.
High Energy Makes You Better at Public Speaking
In his iconic 1956 book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, sociologist Erving Goffman pointed out that when you interact with others, you’re performing. And the more elevated your position in the hierarchy of your profession, the more you’re on stage. If you’re a CEO, you’re always in the spotlight.
We all love watching performances, and when we’re anticipating one, we expect to be entertained. The tide should rise when a performance starts, and all of our boats should float higher because of it.
Lack of energy—vocally or generally—is a destroyer for many presentations that would otherwise be interesting and perhaps even fascinating or enthralling. Here’s another reason to be an energetic speaker: a high level of presentation energy forgives a multitude of weak platform skills. If you’re energised, we’re compelled to listen. So, compel us!
Tap into the Beauty of Our Language
Here’s an ingredient of great speaking that can help you to propel to the top of the heap: how well you use our magnificent language.
Especially compelling is the technique of speaking metaphorically: using comparisons, analogies, similes, metaphors, and unexpected connections.
You should try and link your favourite hobby with your speech, like the analogy of language as a meal. The idea is to tie a concept you want your audience to grasp to something they know well.
Analogies give thoughts immediacy and impact and can save paragraphs upon paragraphs of explanation.
ConfidentSpeak is a specialist S.T.E.M Communications & Coaching Consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives at home and abroad. Contact us for details on our range of corporate/private programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals.