Speaking skills are often overlooked because of the anxiety surrounding public speaking. We often try to avoid speaking in public or we make excuses as to why our speaking skills are not as polished as they could be.
With these few Prompster approved steps, we want to ease the nerves and jitters surrounding speaking skills. Public speaking is fast becoming a way to advance your career and develop more meaningful work-relationships and advance your personal or public goals.
Let’s hear your story. An effective way to connect and bond with your audience is through personal stories. Craft your speech around an event that brought you to an ‘aha’ moment.
A well-told story is awesome — but make sure it has a central theme that can inspire and motivate. Your audience will only retain about 30% of your material — so make sure to repeat and reinforce your core ideas. Even if you think you are belaboring the point — keep nailing it home with different examples and techniques like personal stories, visual-aids, or real-life scenarios.
Have a big idea that you’re ready to tackle. Start with the status quo and reveal what you and your audience
Think about your presentation as a conversation — keep it informal and casual. The best way to achieve this? Practice! Know your material inside and out. *Teleprompter Tips* Consider using notes or a teleprompter to practice or for use during the event. If you know your material, a teleprompter can be a significant aid that keeps you on target while also allowing you to deviate from the script in your head.
Use dynamic visuals to reinforce your speech. Visuals that speak to your points or keep us engaged are widely effective. Keep them brief but engaging and let them add impact to your speech.