If the words “public speaking” make you break a sweat, Samantha Del Canto has the cure. Check out these insider tips for boosting your public speaking mojo. Lets face it – we weren’t all born to be professional public speakers. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to become one. Even though speaking in front of a large group can be an intimidating, even daunting task, it can also be fun and rewarding.
Sam Del Canto has narrowed down her top public speaking tips to help you get the standing ovation you deserve.
1. Relate to your audience.
You wouldn’t discuss Justin Bieber’s love life with a group of highly-successful business people, nor would you chat about the state of the economy with a group of tweens. To have an impact on your audience, you must first understand who they are. Know who you’re speaking to, and be sure to tailor your presentation to those people. Share stories and examples that they can relate to. It’s all about connecting on their level, whatever that level is.
2. Have one main message. Avoid rambling.
Have you ever left a presentation with information overload? Don’t make the same mistake with your audience. Instead, focus on one main message or a focused list of topics that are consistent throughout your speech. Remember writing the thesis statement for high school and college essays? Think of your main message as your thesis statement. Just as each paragraph in an essay supports the thesis, each subtopic should tie into your overall message. This will help you keep a consistent focus, and avoid rambling onto irrelevant topics.
3. Do your homework.
Planning ahead will keep you one step ahead of your audience, which will help you become a more confident, knowledgeable speaker. Before writing your speech, research your projected audience. Anticipate the types of questions they may ask. Become an expert on your subject matter – that includes understanding opposing viewpoints, too. Taking these simple steps will make…