By Nico Strydom
Few people are good speakers by nature but the good news is that there are many aids to help you master it.
Many occupations require that employees should be good speakers. It could happen that you have to address a group of people at work or may even be asked to give your opinion during a group discussion. Perhaps you will have to give a presentation or need to speak to your boss about something.
You can overcome this obstacle through good preparation and practice. The mere idea of speaking before an audience makes you break out in cold sweat and you have butterflies in your stomach. However, if you have done thorough preparation and started practising well ahead of time, you can become a good speaker, which will give our reputation and self-confidence a boost and may also open a few doors for you.
Planning, preparation and practice are extremely important. When you are informed that you have to make a speech or give a presentation, it is essential to start preparing immediately. Start researching immediately and get the material that you are going to need for your speech or presentation. This will help to calm your nerves.
Make sure the message you want to get across is easy to understand and speaks for itself. Now is the time to start practising. Practise in front of friends and family or even a mirror. You can even record your speech on video. Pay attention to your body language ─ your facial expression, your tone of voice, your posture and the way you use your hands. A smile will immediately show your audience that you are at ease and self-confident. Pay extra attention to those parts of your speech or presentation that you find difficult.
The time for your presentation or speech has arrived. If the nerves are still niggling you can do a few breathing exercises or anything else that will help you calm down. Be positive and believe in yourself.
When you are making your speech or giving your presentation, it is extremely important to bond with your audience. Don’t try to sound clever or to impress the audience ─ your message will come over much stronger if you are accessible.
The most important points to becoming a good speaker, is therefore to plan properly, to practise, to pay attention to your body language, to get rid of your nervousness and to be positive.
Mind Tools: https://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/PublicSpeaking.htm