Public speaking is something that many of us have to tackle throughout our lives. Many of us have been the ones in the audience trying to stifle a yawn and pay attention only to realize that we’ve been daydreaming for the last half hour. So how do you become a charismatic public speaker?
Make eye contact
There is a good reason that we don’t trust people that can’t look us in the eye: they usually have something to hide! People often think the same thing about public speakers that look at the ground and avoid the crowd. Making eye contact with people in the crowd helps to break barriers that you might have accidentally built between yourself and your audience. It also helps to keep people focused and listening to your points.
Energize your voice
Soft-talkers can be hard to hear at the back of the room. The chances are that if people can’t hear you or find that you have a monotone and flat voice that they will switch off. However, adding some bounce and volume to your public speaking voice can be enough to keep people engaged in your speech. It’s important to adjust your voice to your surroundings. Halls with an echo mean we need to speak slower while larger rooms need more volume.
Smile at the crowd
A smile can be a way to get through to your crowd. Plus, it often shows everyone that you’re enjoying yourself and believe in what you’re saying. Sometimes, a smile might not be the most appropriate way to show your emotions. Thankfully, there are ways that we can get around it. You can have a positive expression or even practice raising your cheekbones. You’re not smiling, but you should already look more positive.
This might be easier said than done, but learning how to enjoy yourself while giving a public speech can be enough to lift the entire mood of the room. Crowds often believe that your speech must be good if you look as though you are having a good time. You may have to start by faking your excitement to be behind the mic, but it shouldn’t be long before the emotion takes over and you find yourself settling into our charismatic role.
Help the audience
The type of speech you are giving dictates the kind of points you will be making. However, it’s important to always think about how you could be helping the audience if you want to become a great public speaker. This means considering how your points could help them to further their lives or make improvements and not spend the entire time talking about yourself or your business.
Have three key points
They say that three is the magic number, and it turns out there might be some truth behind it after all. Making three points keeps things precise and to the point. It also helps your audience to keep focused before you move onto the next topic. Your entire speech should consist of three key points, including one call to action. This is what you want your audience to do once they have heard your speech.
Public speaking can seem a little daunting at first, but learning how to become a charismatic public speaker is the first step to facing your fears. It might not be long before you have the audience eating out of the palm of your hand.