There are several important reasons to have good public speaking skills. One of which, depending on how big your audience, is you’re under the scrutiny from the media, investors and analysts. If you deliver a flat, boring speech, you are less likely to have people inspired or investors writing checks.
The foundation for giving a good speech is picking a topic that inspires you. If you talk passionately about something you are truly passionate about, people will listen. Travis Allen of iSchool Initiative said that, “Body language is 70 percent of being an effective communicator, how you say it is 23 percent and content is only 7 percent.” Although this is not an exact statistic, it is something he has deduced from his own personal experiences.
Planning ahead is a great way to give an effective speech. Having simple notes, or bullet points of what you want to talk about is a big help. Especially when you get nervous or forget some things you know you wanted to touch on.
Using examples in your speech is another thing that can help grab the attention of the audience. If people are able to relate to your topic through their own similar personal experiences it makes it much easier for them to understand what your are saying. It also makes them more likely to pay attention to you. Short video clips as well as jokes are another great way to keep people in tune with your speech. People will respect what you have to say far more if they think of you as a real person, not as a person reading a pre-written speech.
The most important part of performing a good speech is practicing. The more you do the speech the better and smoother it will get. Also, incorporating a small audience into the mix can only benefit. They can give critiques and insights that you may not have thought of.
Overall, public speaking is something that everyone is capable of, it just takes patience, practice and belief in yourself. If you believe what you’re saying is important and relevant, you have a better shot at making other people feel the same way.