There is a moment in everyone’s life, in which we have to give a speech in public: reasons could be either professional or a particular occasion. Some people have an innate charisma and they speak fluently without even caring about having a crowded room in front of them, as if they are in their natural habitat. For others, instead, speaking in public can become a demanding challenge; your legs starts shaking, while your voice sounds unconfident and trembling: you blush yet confusion takes over your body, and you can’t even remember your name! Sometimes a real panic attack hits you.
What to do? Do you really want to go into your shell, live in isolation and give up? Do you really want to sacrifice a brilliant career, and loose your self-esteem?
Not at all!
If you follow some simple rules you can certainly improve your performances, and speaking in public will become a pleasant moment of discussion and exchange of opinions. We mustn’t forget that the speakers of the classic world used to go to school, not just to learn how to use eloquence for different circumstances, but also to learn how to breathe, the appropriate tone of voice and the proper gesture to give the message.
To give a public speech in the right way it is necessary to focus on the goals you want to achieve, and on the message you want to express, without being too monotonous, or else you would have a sleeping audience!
You have two important goals to achieve:
- Build empathy with your audience;
- Give a clear message, using simple but effective words (using a mixed tone of voice will help you keeping the audience concentrated and interested about the topic).
It is not recommended to invent: speaking off the cuff might be engaging, but if you don’t have a good competence you can jeopardize your speech and incur into a debâcle. When you arrange your speech you don’t necessarily have to worry about the audience; you don’t have to think if they like you or criticize you: communicating a clear message has to be the main purpose. It’s important to plan more or less a well-organized speech, pleasant and understandable for who believes language is a must and has to be clear, but also for people who are not into the language and style, and are more interested about the topic. It is particularly important to choose one or more key words, so that you can repeat it regularly as well as selecting accurately words that emphasize the main idea in order to be persuasive.
Cato the Censor, who was an older Latin writer, once said “Rem tene, verba sequentur”, which means, “Grasp the subject, words will follow”; in fact, in order to master the subject you need to know it well: it is not necessary to memorize every single word, but it is essential to have the speech clear in mind, and memorize the order using a schedule.
It is useful to surf the Internet and watch performances of good lecturers, in order to learn the tricks and repeat it during the presentations.
Before a public speech it is essential to practice in front of the mirror in order to look at the facial expression, and correct posture imperfections or voice inflections; breath in and breathe out in a regular way, keep your personal mantra in mind or, why not, take inspiration from the Vajparans who release the potential of an illuminated mind.
Who listens and watches will receive a blast of energy and positivity, so a genuine smile is always helpful!
Better not starring just one person but looking around and give a sidelong glance to the audience, while gently bending from time to time your head, and moving gracefully, so that you have a good posture, stretchy and relaxed. It is good to give the impression of being in control in order to create a positive atmosphere: gestures should slightly emphasize your words; movements need to appear natural and harmonious.
Don’t forget to make practice: it is important to avoid the fear of speaking in public. Repeat several times your presentation will help you having a good an pleasant experience and, maybe, you will find an histrionic side in yourself; also, the feeling between you and the audience will be much nicer, so that you will feel a pure and thrilling euphoria.
In conclusion, we remind you that the only obstacle for your success, and to your professional achievements rely on your own; though don’t forget we have all the instruments we need in order to overcome an impasse, because:
The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?
– Jack Sparrow