Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance
Leadership speakers remind us that public speaking is a fundamental part of many jobs. Whether you need to engage your employees, persuade a committee to fund you, to sell your product or to educate, the fundamental things that make you a good public speaker will be the same.
1. Believe in Yourself
Self-belief will make you more confident and therefore people will be more willing listen to and trust what you say. After all, the first step to getting others to believe in you is to believe in yourself.
2. Do your Research
Make sure you know your topic inside out. Yes, it may be time-consuming and hard work initially, but “winging it” is not an option. If you are unprepared, you are far more likely to stumble or lose your place and consequently your confidence and authority – best to avoid!
3. Inject Some Humor!
Everybody likes to laugh and this will relax and settle both you and your audience. However, be warned, too many jokes may take away some of the validity of your talk – use in moderation! Leadership speakers remind you not to mistake yourself for a stand-up comedian.
4. Accept that Everybody Makes Mistakes
It’s true. We’re all only human and that’s okay. Chances are, your audience won’t even notice if it’s just a slight change of word or phrase. However, if you feel it was a very obvious or important mistake, acknowledge it, correct yourself and move on.
5. Keep it Short and Sweet!
Leadership speakers tell you that it is much better to leave your audience wanting more rather than send them to sleep!
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