There comes a point in your career where you are so on top of your game that you want to share your wisdom with fellow entrepreneurs. Inspiring them to their fullest potential and helping them achieve their goals is part of your way of giving back. But, you’re not exactly comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. Getting on top of a stage and sharing your words of wisdom to a room full of strangers can be overwhelming. We get it. Which is why we have decided to give you some effective tips that we believe can go a long way in making you comfortable to speak in front of a crowd.
There are many ways where you can overcome your fear of public speaking and we have the recipe to help you. So take out your notepad and take notes! This is a lesson you do not want to miss out on.
Take a deep breath before talking
We get it. As soon as you get up on that stage and look at the room full of strangers, you want to start talking right away and be done with it as fast as possible. However, that’s where many mistakes are made. Your words come out a jumble mess. You’re not articulating correctly. You’re making crucial mistakes and everything just ends up going horribly wrong. So take your time. When you step up on the stage, take a second to assess the room. Start by taking deep breaths. Get your thoughts in order. It’s the perfect opportunity to truly connect with your public. It may seem extremely long to you, but it will give your audience the impression that you are confident.
Make eye contact with your audience
If you start your speech and you’re not looking at anyone in particular, it can make you loose focus and your audience will not feel engaged. Therefore, as you’re talking, make eye contact. Start by looking one person in the eye and then move on to the next one and so on. It will not only put you more at ease since it will make you feel like you’re having a conversation with one person as opposed to hundreds, but it will also engage your audience. They will feel more connected to you and pay closer attention. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Don’t be afraid to pause in between sentences
You’re nervous. It’s normal. And when you’re nervous, your heart rate speeds up and you tend to talk faster. Relax. Take a few deep breaths in between sentences. Your audience will wait for you. After all, they’re not going anywhere. They came to hear you speak. So take all the time you need to feel relaxed. Don’t rush yourself. That’s when mistakes happen and people can sense when you’re stressed.
Turn your nerves into excitement
Sometimes, you can’t hide the fact that you’re nervous. And that’s okay. Instead of stressing over it, turn it into something positive. Show your audience you are excited to be here and giving this talk. And why not be honest and tell them that you’re nervous while you’re at it? They will understand. Being honest with them will show your human side and a side they can even relate to. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Don’t forget to say thank you!
The most important part of any speech is to thank your audience for taking the time to come and hear you. After all, without them, you would not have been able to give your presentation. It will make them feel valuable and show them that you’re thankful.