Top Public Speaking Tips from SA's Leading Motivational Speakers
Whether you need to prepare a motivational speech, a 'thank you speech' or just have to talk about that seminar you recently attended, these tips by some of SA's leading motivational speakers will help you up your game, and deliver a smooth, consistent speech.
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Know Thy Audience
Public speakers, writers, singers and actors all have something in common: they communicate with an audience using their specific mode. If you're unfamiliar with the group you are going to address, get in touch with your contact person and get as much information as you can.
Plan Your Content
What you say is just a little bit more important than how you say it. Since you now know a little about your audience (see point above), do a little research and plan content they'll be able to relate to, that they'll find interesting, or that they can talk about afterwards. Remember, even though you are being hired by a company, what you do is still all about the audience.
Ensure that your message is loud and clear - that the reason you are standing there in front of all those people is unmistakable. Your content should support the message you are trying to convey. The best way to achieve this is to keep it simple.
SA's top motivational speakers all have something in common: they practised prior to the big day. Invite your family, friends and a couple of acquaintances, and deliver your speech to them. If they have any critique, make a list of those points that feature most frequently, adapt your performance, and then try again!
Tipsfor Overcoming Stage Fright
You've researched your audience, planned your content and now it's time to stand in front of all those people. There are a number of tips that are rather successful at beating stage fright - the key is just finding one that can work for you. Here are a few of those that have been proven successful on a regular basis:
A day, or even an hour, before you walk out on that stage, visualise yourself being calm, eloquent and on the money during your speech. The more you visualise it, the more you tell your brain that that's what it should do.
Allow yourself to be good. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Fact of the matter is that we often trip ourselves up during important moments. Just relax, and focus on allowing yourself to be the best that you can be.
Focus on something else. Often when we walk out on that stage, we're constantly thinking about our performance. Audiences aren't there to see you perform (they'd have gone to the theatre for that). They are there for the content - give them what they want.
Remember that you are there for a reason - most probably because you are an authority on a subject. Be that authority to your audience.
The above are only some of the tips and tricks used by some of SA's leading motivational speakers. If you need more tips or if you need someone who can do the public speaking job for you, just get in touch.