Presentation and Public speaking is an art. For some, it is a natural gift. For many of us, it is an art that is mastered through several years of continuous practice and learning.
If you have come to realize that you are not pretty good at it, it may be a sign that you need to learn the art. And what better way to go about it than to sign up for a speaker training course. This will give you the chance to be tutored by an award-winning public speaker.
Don’t have the time and resources to join a training program? You can still improve a lot by doing some things that even the most experienced public speakers do before each speaking engagement.
Below are a few things to do to help you improve your presentation and public speaking skills
Prepare Well and Practice Before the Engagement: Reading wide about the subject matter and writing a script with the keywords in bullet points can help you gain more confidence prior to the session. And the truth is, the more you know about the subject that you will be talking about, the more confident and relaxed you become. So, prepare well, practice in front of the mirror, and talk about the subject matter with someone close to you.
If you have the time and resources, a good speaker training course will help you learn some other ways to prepare your content and practice ahead of a presentation.
Attend Events and Presentations: Attending events and presentations will help you to learn from expert public speakers. You get to see how they engage the crowd as well as how they deliver their presentations. You also get to understand what it feels like to listen to someone. This will help you understand what you desire when you are in that position which translates to what your audience demands from you. If you are scheduled to speak at an event or conference, listening to others will help you to understand the mood of the audience and the direction of the conversation. You can capitalize on that knowledge during your presentation.
Endeavor to Arrive Early and Get Yourself Acquainted with the Environment and the Audience: When you arrive early for your presentation, you get enough time to adjust to the venue. It also affords you the opportunity to meet and greet some people in the audience as they arrive. Most of the times, people attend events and conferences to gain knowledge, asking questions about their pain points may help you talk about something they are interested in during the presentation.
Use the Deep Breathing Technique and Monitor Your Pause: It is common knowledge that when we are nervous, we try to hold our breath. Instead of doing that, why not let it out, take deep breaths to allow oxygen flow freely to your brain. The relaxing effect will prove to be good for you. Also, know that it is natural to feel nervous but do not panic and ramble. Maintain your cool and talk like you normally do. Use pauses to relax and allow vital points to sink in as you try to engage with the audience.
Smile: Smiling makes you look more human and confident. People want to see the human side of you, not just the expert educating them. It also helps you to feel less nervous. Even when you are answering the telephone, smiling makes you sound approachable and cool.
Ask Questions and Encourage Audience Participation: You are there for the audience. So, it is important to engage them by asking questions and encouraging them to participate in the presentation.
Tell Stories and Entertain Them: If you don’t want to have a boring audience, then, be entertaining. It is ok to throw some jokes here and there and cite real-life events or stories that may lighten the room. You can also tell emotional stories that convey your message. The truth is, people, remember stories more than do facts and figures. Use that to your advantage but do not stray too far.
These tips are very useful and widely used by both expert and amateur speakers. However, if you really want to master the art of public speaking, you should consider joining our public speaker training course in Dubai.