Don’t Just Speak to Your Audience – Perform!
Date: June 28, 2015
You would think that the hint was in the title and that “public Speaking” was all about speaking in public. Well I can tell you that is only part of the story.
When I first began speaking in public I soon realised that my audiences took it for granted that I was knowledgeable about my topic and that I could talk about it, but that wasn’t really enough. Yes they wanted to hear about what I had to say but more than that they wanted to be entertained.
Now, I don’t mean that they expected me to crack jokes, but they did want more than just a boring talk spouting out facts.
Add Stories to Make a Point
I soon realised that adding in some anecdotal stories went a long way to keeping an audience alert and engaged in what I was talking about. Making some of these stories personal was even better.
You will often hear great public speakers like Tony Robbins or Louise Hay tell their audiences about their own personal experiences during their talks and seminars. You even hear Prime Ministers and Presidents talking about their private lives to make a point and get a message across.
So when you are delivering your next talk, as well as knowing your topic inside out, add a little performance to it by getting out from behind the lectern and giving your audience a great public speaking performance. This may take a little practice to get the correct balance but once you master it you will find that your recommendation level increases. People will remember not only your talk and the interesting facts you passed on but even more importantly they will remember you and tell others about you which in turn will promote you as a speaker.
But there is more. Your performance does not end when your talk ends. No, once your talk ends and you are chatting with your audience, you must remain in character. Giving a great talk and performance during the talk will be completely wasted if you don’t carry it though even when you are off stage. Carry on that same theme and perform right the way through to you getting in your car and driving home. You are not putting on an act and trying to pretend to be something or someone you are not, but you are giving a performance as yourself while on stage during your talk and off stage afterwards.
Your performance (not your topic) as a public speaker may be the one thing that gets you lots of recommendations for future talks