It seems that one of the basic fears that people have is that of speaking in front of a lot of people. To most people, public speaking can be intimidating, and most will do anything they can to avoid doing it. But there may be times that it becomes necessary to speak in front of people and the fears must be overcome. Here are some tips on how to become a good public speaker.
Now with the internet there are sources available to watch expert public speakers online. Start looking at what makes successful public speakers so successful. There are plenty of old and new videos of speeches online featuring expert or famous speakers. Watch and learn.
If you’re going to speak in front of many people, you should do your best to look good. If you look good, you feel good and that breeds confidence. A lot of people are going to be looking at you and you don’t want them to just remember that you looked sloppy. Make sure you look your best.
If you have the opportunity to check the room you’ll be speaking in beforehand, do it. Try to become familiar with the environment you’ll be speaking in. The more familiar you are with the environment, the more comfortable you’ll be at the podium.
Some people try to get up the courage to speak by drinking, especially at a wedding or social function, this is a mistake. Not only can you come off sounding like you’ve been drinking but you may also ruin your whole speech.
Nothing beats practice. Know your material and practice as much as you can. Even the most famous and best speakers rehearse their speeches. As you practice you can visualize being there and how successful your talk will be.
Above all relax. It’s not the end of the world and you’ll get through it fine.