Whether you are asked to speak before a large group or to a husband and wife at a listing presentation, it is important that you communicate effectively.
Here are some tips to improve your public speaking, as well as helping you eliminate those distracting “ums” “ahs” and “like you knows”. You know?
1. Speak on topics you know well.
If you know the subject matter, you will tend to be less anxious about speaking. There is also a comfort in knowing you know more than most of your audience. Always come prepared with reliable facts, especially those which get people’s attention.
Part of a good speech is to inform. But be careful with facts. You don’t want to overdo it. You want to take a fact and work off it—the implications and effects—what that fact means to your audience. If you don’t know the subject matter well, you will need to do serious homework —- so make sure you have enough time to learn it.
2. Practice, practice, and more practice.
Most of us are not naturals in front of a crowd. The more you speak, the easier it gets. Try a few dry runs at home with your significant other or family members—but not your mom (she will always say you’re just great). Be careful you don’t overdo it. An overly rehearsed speech does not usually play well and if you hit a blank spot, you’ll be dropping ums and ahs like greased watermelons. Continue reading this post