English is a language that everybody wants to learn. And no doubt, public speaking is an art in itself. But what if you are not talented enough? Is it actually possible to be a good speaker and win the hearts every time you are on stage?
Here are some secret tips to how to become a good speaker–
The first impression can make it or break it. From top to bottom, you will be closely analyzed. Your outfit, your shoes, your vocals, your pitch of voice, etc. will be noticed by everyone. Always remember to make appropriate choices when it comes to your looks because your first impression can be your last impression.
Try to quiet your mind and address them amicably. Everyone, who is listening to you, has come for a common goal to accomplish. Either they want to become good listeners or gain new information or resolve a problem. Calm yourself and treat everyone accordingly.
You can’t possibly learn only by reading motivational books. It takes a lot of effort to become a good English speaker. Instead, follow the masters of this art, who are or who were native speakers. Few options can be TED speakers, stand-up comedians, any famous influencer, etc. But who says it is easy, it is not. But we can pick up some qualities and imbibe in ourselves like body language, pace of speech, use of pauses, facial expressions, voice modulations, etc.
wille all must have heard this quotation that practice makes a man perfect. The more you repeat your speech, the more you grow in it. You will get to know your strengths and weaknesses. Rehearsing in front of friends or unknown people helps a lot. Ask for honest feedback too. This will help you work upon your errors.
You obviously would want your audience to connect with you from the very beginning. Your introduction should be as compelling as possible. You can try to start with a joke or weird incident from your past, etc. so that people think that you have a good sense of humor as well.
Youour focus should not only be on speaking. You can always use audio clips or video clips wherever appropriate. And always remember never to overdo anything. The entire presentation should be balanced whether it is vocal or on the screen.
Always remember that you can’t cram everything and present it in front of everyone. Just learn the key points and improvise the content accordingly. Because if you cram, it will affect your non-verbal communication.
It’s very important to engage your audience into your presentation. Many listeners might have something to contribute to your story as well. It is also very helpful in terms of some awkward moments to ease the atmosphere.
Share your emotional side or some personal experience, so that people can relate to you more effectively. It would also help people know how relatable your talks are and you are not some nerd who only knows your subject. They would then agree that you have a practical approach too.
As the introduction is important, so is your conclusion. It’s very stressful to come up with a good conclusion. But you should try to leave your audience with some food for thought and a sense of accomplishment. You can either end it with a question or wrap your speech with a good summary.
These are some secret tips as to how you can become a good speaker. But there’s never an end to the list of factors. There are many others which might say to sing along with your audience, think in English, when rehearsing, record yourself, think in English, and many others.
Written by: Kashf Khan