Public speaking is one of the more important skills that anyone can learn. It is something that is feared by most people but should be embraced.
Here are a few helpful tips from Entrepreneur.com.
The first tip is to tell great stories. Think about stories that are interesting and will make your audience learn as well as want to learn.
The second is to never read your pre-written presentation. Using a notecard or laptop to read from will make you look silly. You should have a good enough understanding of the material you will be speaking about that notecards really aren’t necessary. Do yourself a favor and practice your speech until you get to a point where you don’t need anything for assistance. The last thing you want to end up sounding like is a robot or a monotone uninterested speaker. Your audience will not listen and your speech will suffer as a result.
The third point is to stay well away from stats and quotes. You want to provide your own thoughts and insight into your speech as much as possible. Quoting others and using stats littered throughout your presentation will discredit you and your speech.
The fourth point is to have energy while giving your speech. The last thing you want to be is unenthusiastic and boring. Sound like you want to be talking, talk like you care about the subject matter you are speaking of. Audiences are there to hear you and they want to be entertained, not bored to death.
The fifth and final point is to be yourself. As cheesy as it sounds, the audience will see right through you. The best thing is to be personable and don’t act like someone you’re not. The more you’re yourself, the more confident you will seem thus giving the audience a better chance at relating to you throughout your speech.