12 Keys for High-Energy Public Speaking

April 1, 2020 by  

High-energy speakers are more engaging and memorable for their audience so if you want to be sure to get your message across and be remembered, here are some tips to employ.

1. Display Confidence in Your Style: Confidence in a speaker begets confidence and trust from your an audience. Listeners will simply believe in you and the vision you are offering if they sense that you are truly and passionately committed to it without question.

2. Demonstrate Your Passion. Nothing compels attention more than a speaker who believes with all his or her heart in an idea. Interestingly, passion also overcomes weak platform skills, which simply become consumed in the fire. Playing it safe, in other words, isn’t safe. When you share your passion you can ignite your audience.

3. Create a Strong Opening and Closing: The most critical parts of your speech are your beginning and your ending. Your audience is paying the most attention at these times and will remember most strongly what you give them at these points in your talk.

4. Let Your Audience Know Where You Will Be Going Together: Let the audience know upfront where you will be going together in terms of your topic and main points. Audiences want to trust that they are in practiced hands, with a speaker who knows their topic deeply and fully.

5. Learn the Art of Being Conversational: Even the highest-profile speeches tend to sound conversational these days. However important your message, listeners will respond better if you sound like you are just sharing some thoughts with them, rather than speaking from on high.

6. Achieve Clarity and Conciseness: Speakers are sometimes afflicted with a terrible disease known as the I Can Talk About This Forever Syndrome. As subject experts, they don’t feel the need to prepare for a presentation. If you follow their lead, your talk may truly feel like forever for your audience. Instead, stick to the specific facts and key points of your topic as being clear and concise shows you care about your audience and want them to take away those key issues.

7. Take Charge of the Stage: As a public speaker, you have a stage to command whether it is in an auditorium, the space in front of a conference room table or actually on a stage. Pair your movements with the main parts of your speech; and again, be purposeful. Don’t wander or use too much body movement as it is distracting to your audience.

8. Employ Storytelling: It is important to make storytelling a part of your presentation because people remember stories, especially ones they can relate to. Data is fundamental, but too often it won’t get to the emotional heart of what you are trying to get across to your audience. Stories ignite people’s emotional response. You need that to happen.

9. Use Strong Body Language: What an audience sees is an important part of how they will judge you. Be the picture of self-assurance. Use spare, clean, and powerful gestures to emphasize your words.

10. Introduce Vocal Dynamics: If your voice isn’t an asset of your public speaking, consider getting some coaching in vocal skills. Your voice is your most reliable tool for influencing others. If it doesn’t compel people to listen, you are at a disadvantage. You need to project your voice, speak clearly and not too fast or you will lose your audience. However, if you speak too slowly they will get bored so choose a good pace of speaking for your delivery.

11. Use Metaphors: Employing metaphorical language will help make your speeches vivid and memorable. Nothing makes a concept come to life, with emphasis and power, like a comparison an audience can instantly relate to. Tailor your examples to your audience so that it will be relevant. When that is true it will be more memorable for them.

12. Find the Physical Dimension of Your Message: Despite our Digital Age, you are not a talking head, and your speech or presentation needs a physical dimension. Ask yourself if you truly embody your speech. Listeners will buy your persona if it is active and interesting. Most people today use PowerPoint or some other tool to reinforce their presentation. That is good but do not put everything you are going to say up on your slides. Rather, it is meant to reinforce your key points and remind you of the points you want to expand upon.

If you employ the above tips you will have more successful presentations and a more retentive learning experience for your audience. Just remember to have fun, too!


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