Public speaking may be common in some positions, but for some, it’s the stuff of nightmares. Whether you need to present to a government agency or parent company, speak in the boardroom or even talk to a group of coworkers or new employees, being in the spotlight isn’t easy. Effective public speaking in or out of the workplace is a skill that you should hone – very few people have it naturally. Of course, the good news is that public speaking is a skill that can be learned and practiced, and we’re here to give you some simple tips on keeping yourself cool and collected.
Emphasize the Point
For most public speaking jobs in the workplace, the point of the talk is to address a concern, solve a problem or motivate the audience. You’ll want to identify exactly what the concern or issue is, or why the people listening to you speak need to be motivated, and keep it in mind as long as you’re in the spotlight. Getting a good handle on the purpose of your talk is key when you’re brushing up on your presentation skills. If you’re meeting about some new regulation for example, make sure your talking points are about exactly how it will affect your business or how you can work around it.
Identify with Your Audience
If you’d like to master the art of effective public speaking, before ever going into the room, you’ll want to put yourself into the audience’s shoes. Understand how they feel, and then let them know that you identify with them as soon as you start your presentation. Telling a story is a good way to get this across and makes for a more engaging presentation. Most importantly, think like your audience thinks. If you want to be the best at public speaking you’ll need to be relatable from start to finish.
Tell Them How They Benefit
An audience may only be critical of public speaking until they’re on your side. Always start with a smile and let them know exactly what you, your company, your products or your projects can do for them. Explain to them exactly how it is that they’ll benefit by what you’re sharing and your time in the spotlight will get easier and easier as the audience sides with you.
Effective public speaking is a difficult skill to master, but it’s one that you should know and can significantly add to your value as an employee. Follow these simple guidelines to maximize your public speaking potential whenever it’s time to give any sort of presentation. If you can clearly and passionately get your point across and get the audience on your side, effective public speaking will become much easier and much less of a scary proposition.
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