I was born shy, I was never ready to relate or interact with strangers or people in the public right from childhood. Then the change started when I was in my early fifteen. I was appointed the teenage president of a well-known church in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria (The Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Oyo province 3 headquarters, Chapel Of Praise), it got more defined when I was also elected as a senior prefect in my secondary school, I became more of it when I won one of the most serious elections ever as the deputy speaker of my institute in high school. And now, much more define when I became a motivational speaker.
In the world of technology today, it is difficult to convince just a single person, not to talk of convincing a hundred or thousands of people. What is now the essence of going to speak when you cannot change your audience’s perspective?
But there are some important practices that will help you to win your audience and get the best cheers after your speech. If you faithfully follow these practices, I can bet your next outing is going to be awesome!!!
Below are 9 important practices that you shouldn’t miss when you are having public speech to render or a talk show.
1. Plan and Practice.
Practice and practice and practice. If truly you want your presentation to be lovely, you need to practice a lot.
Plan how you want your talk to be, what you want to talk about, how you want your audience to feel, and what “take-home” you want to give to your audience. Go extra miles to search for extra materials and practice your speech timelessly.
To get an extra ordinary cheer from your audience you have to present an extraordinary speech.
2. Get to the event early and study your audience
When you get to the event early, you will be able to meet the host and get a wide understanding about the people that constitute your audience and try to know the reason why each of most of them are here even before the presentation begins. This will help you digress a bit into their personal life while speaking and your audience will be triggered that you could even hit it hard where they were truly facing it.
3. Be Simple, Meet And Greet
After you have met with the host and gotten vital information from him, this is the next thing to do.
Even before your presentation, come into the congregation, greet them; they don’t know you are the guest speaker because the show hasn’t begun so let them see you as one of the audience as well, greet few people and start a timely conversation with them. They could even serve you with inspirations before you begin unknowing to them that you are the guest speaker. It is when you are invited up stage that they will now begin to realize they had been talking to the person they had been waiting for. It makes you likeable and humble, it also makes you audience feel free and energized to pay full attention to you while you are talking.
N.B – This can only be done in places whereby this is your first invitation to render a speech. But in places whereby you have been there a few times, you cannot hide your personality because some of the audience already knows you. In such case then, you just take advantage of that familiarity and go into discussions with them again before the show begins; you are even on the edge because this time around, they will be free to take you deep into their personal stuffs.
Ask them how helpful your last speech was, how it had improved them and as well try to know the challenges they face again this time. As usual, this will help you relate to some things that would be useful for them during your speech.
It is as simple as the “Law of reciprocity” You smile to your audience they see reasons to smile back at you and vice versa. You would not expect yourself to speak well when the faces of your audience are not welcoming at all. So smile at them and change their look.
Smiling is a symbol of love, peace and acceptance, it calls the mind and body together and makes you active to do whatever you wish.
When you smile, you audience sees you in the right perspective, they see you in the right state trying to bring them also into the right state.
5. Your Pauses Are very Important
When you are enthusiast or nervous, you realize that you are rushing your speech. But when you take a pause, you get relieved of those anxiety and fears.
Also when you pause, you give way to your audience to express their emotions. Especially when you just finished giving a vital point or you just shared a personal/related testimony. (That is when you either see them hailing, smiling, clapping, frowning or yawning or looking pissed off.)
You can as well use your pauses to drink a little water. You have been talking for some moments; you should have been dehydrated by now. Drink a little water to fuel your energy. Just make sure you aren’t taking excess where by you will want to urinate (I am sure you won’t want to have that kind of experience.)
6. Don’t view things too personal
Sure you called it “public” I mean public speaking so you should not expect to meet just the same set of people all the time; we all have our individual differences and our perspective is always going to be different.
There might be some set of people in the midst of your audience who is set on frustrating you (Oh lucky you found out. But that’s their work) and your own work is to speak. Would you because of another man’s work fail yours?
They would go ahead asking you series of questions, try your best to change their perspective and if you can’t, then leave it that way.
When you take things personal, your audience sees you as a “weak speaker” and what does a weak speaker have to say?
So be strong, take people the way they are and don’t over react to issues raised by the audience.
7. Engage Your Audience and Keep Them Active
Don’t just speak as if you a political leader that is trying to impose laws. When you share a vital fact in your speech, give your audience the privilege to reason with you and share their own point of views, after which you will pick up on their words to convince them to the right perspective.
Ask your audience to share their thoughts, accommodate their questions and make them feel like their speaker cares for them. Just be sure you keep to time.
8. Come On, Make Those Audience Smile
Research shows that when we smile we tend to secret endorphin hormones (also known as they feel good hormones) which makes us feel comfortable. When your audience smile, their heart is lifted and it calls their attention close.
I remember my childhood days at church; whenever the sermon is going on we little children would be talking at the back, jesting and writing jargons on paper. Then suddenly we hear the congregation laughing (Bishop has just said something funny during his sermon) that is when we remember that we are in church then we will pay close attention because we want to hear what made the congregation laugh. I will immediately run to mum and ask “what did bishop say now?” then she will reply “Listen to the sermon”
Though your audience should expect to be entertained because you weren’t invited to perform comedy talent display, all the same they will feel so much encouraged when you make them smile and it fastens their attentiveness.
9. Make Your Points Real
You need to give your audience reasons why they have to remain on that seat listen to your talks and presentation. You don’t just have to come and flop their expectations.
After you have followed (#1-#8) and you have exhibited the attributes of a “perfect public speaker” you have feed them with valid points that will be useful for their everyday live.
Don’t speak words that aren’t real. It’s better not to give that point than to give the point and it’s not real. In religious events, use the religious books to back up your points, also at social events use quotes, reasonable slogans and religious books where necessary to back up your points.
Author: Daniel Moayanda
Dan. is a young strategist, motivational writer and public speaker. He provides entrepreneurs with success strategies and backs it up with the right motivation needed to explore. He also writes about finding a way out of everything in general!