Public speaking can be pretty scary, and many people ask how I do it. To be honest, it wasn’t always easy for me. I learned through a lot of practice, stepping outside of my comfort zone, and challenging myself to get in front of bigger crowds. Through pushing myself, I’ve learned so much and have grown to love speaking in front of people.
If you want to be a great speaker, it’s important that you’re passionate about what you choose to share with an audience. If you asked me to speak in front of a crowd about government issues or something I’m not as knowledgeable about, I couldn’t do it. I would get nervous or wouldn’t know where to begin because it’s not what I know.
Stick with what you’re familiar with when speaking to a crowd because they will be able to sense your emotional attachment to the subject. If you’re not interested in what you’re discussing, then you can’t expect the audience to want to listen. Don’t get hung up on perfection because this will only hold you back. You may not always say things in the order that you had planned and you might make a mistake, but just keep going.
When you’re speaking in front of a crowd or pitching a product, don’t make it obvious if you screw up. The best thing to do in this situation is to move forward with what you have to say. People won’t typically notice your mistakes unless you point them out, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
Whether you’re doing a minute long pitch or a 90-minute presentation, you need to have an outline in place and understand your audience. Who are you talking to and how are you going to capture their attention? Be clear with your audience and get them interested in what you have to say. Grab their attention with certain words and visuals that will help them relate to you and the stories that you share.
Some of the best speakers are the ones that tell a story. They give the audience something to picture while they listen, which creates an emotional connection. If you can relate to something that is trending or familiar, people are going to remember it. It’s also important to give your audience a call-to-action, whether it’s directing them to where they can buy your product or how they can start applying a strategy of yours in their own lives.
Finish your speech with something powerful because it’s what people will remember and hang onto most. When I give an ending, I try to make it very emotional and inspirational to create that memorable experience for the audience. Go out there, create something great, and be unforgettable. You will change and impact more lives than you can imagine all through the power of your voice.