Speaking in public is part of business and anyone looking to advance their career is going to need to understand how to engage and persuade a group listeners. The ability to communicate your ideas effectively is one of the most fundamental skills a businessperson needs to succeed.
Unfortunately, many of consider public speaking highly unpleasant and some consider it a full-blown fear. But to get ahead, a person has got to overcome and learn to communicate with a group. Writing for the Knox News Sentinel, author and CEO Chris Crouch gives the fearful some advice on how to work your way through a speech or public presentation.
Stress is good for you.
You do not need to be sweating bullets, but a healthy amount of stress will keep you mentally acute and alert. Just be reasonable and confident and your stress can be your ally and not your foe.
Plan your pace.
Your audience needs to be able to follow what you are saying and maintain their attention on you. Your pace helps you to do that. A speaking pace of roughly 170 words per minute is a healthy pace. 200 words per minute is often too fast and you will begin to lose your audience, and below 150 words is too slow.
When planning your speech, count out the number of words and adjust them for how long you would like to speak and then practice. Read the first 170 words of your speech to a timer. At the end of one minute see where you are. If you read past 170 words, slow down your pace. If you did not reach that mark then speed up. Keep drilling the pace until you are not only getting the timing right, but that it feels natural.
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