There are tons of avenues into the public speaking industry. From lawyers to teachers to high school dropouts, every public speaker shares one thing: passion for their message and their story. Because of this, the so-called “credentials” for speaking are fairly loose.
In fact, besides telling the truth about who you are and where you came from, the path to success varies greatly. This means that no matter what you’re passionate about, personally, if you’re looking to reach a wider audience, you definitely can.
But, before that passion can take you to the stage, there are a few best practices to follow.
1. Refine your focus industry and learn as much as you can about it.
First, before you can jump into crafting a speech, the most important step is choosing your audience. Ask yourself, “Who do I want to help the most?” and “Who could benefit the most from what I have to say?” Although this may apply to a number of industries, it is key that you choose only a few on which to focus.
2. Maximize your presentation tools.
That brings me to the second piece of the public speaking puzzle: your presentation tools. For many beginners in the speaking industry, getting up on stage can seem daunting. This is especially true if your past job experience hasn’t included a lot of speaking experience. Additionally, the barrage of tasks that come with managing a speaking business can make the actual task of speaking seem more stressful than it needs to be.
3. Record yourself speaking, so you can review yourself.
After choosing a niche and crafting a presentation, the next step is practice. We’ve all heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” and public speaking is no exception. The more time you can spend iterating, the more prepared you’ll feel at the event. Plus, the more you practice, the more the words will feel natural. That way, your audience will be able to see your authenticity and passion, even if you’re still a little bit shaky on stage.
4. Practice your presentation in front of friends or family.
If you’re not comfortable watching yourself present repeatedly or you don’t have a way to record yourself, bring in some help! Asking family or friends to be practice audience members is a sure way to hear the pros as well as needed tweaks to your speech. Additionally, in many cases, these two groups of people know you better than anyone else in your life. That means that, although you may not want to hear it, they know your bad habits better than anyone.
5. Get advice from established speakers.
In addition to your inner circle, some of the best public speaking advice comes from established speakers. After all, they know the pitfalls and secrets better than any newbie. Additionally, although they may not broadcast it, many of them were hesitant to get on stage initially, too. You hear that, introverts? If other public speakers can do it, you can, too!
6. Review videos of speakers you admire and mimic their style.
Speaking of videos, the sixth in our seven tips for practicing public speaking is watching other speakers. Think of some of the speakers that have touched you, motivated you, or inspired you. Whether it’s readily apparent or not, there was a ton of work behind that speech that you remember. Maybe it was the tone of their voice or their cadence as they spoke. Maybe it was their slide show in the background or the props they used. There are tons of variables in public speaking, and mastering each of them is what makes you truly great. Thankfully, there are tons of public speakers out there to study.
7. Stay true to yourself and your brand.
That said, above all, the most important part of mastering public speaking is a tried and true value: stay true to yourself! As you’re reading this, even if you don’t have an official speaking business yet, you’re here because of your passion. Whether you’re spreading a message in faculty lounges or factories, your words are important. Keep that in mind, even if you’re only at the beginning – The world needs to hear what you have to say.
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