What Qualities Make An Amazing Public Speaker?
Date: June 17, 2016
You hear the word amazing thrown around like it’s nothing. Wow what an amazing speaker… She was amazing… Her speech was amazing.
But what exactly does it mean to have this effect on people? And how can you qualify as it?
There’s certainly no denying that given the choice everyone would want to become a better public speaker.
So today we’re focusing on the key traits which can take your next presentation from zero to wow and what qualities you need to become an amazing speaker.
Confidence is an inner-belief which motivates you to be a better person and speaker. That voice inside our heads which tells us we’re not good enough or we need more practice, brings us down.
How you physically hold yourself on stage and speak with presence, is one of the best qualities you can have. With confidence you can assure the audience that you know what you’re talking about and give them faith in your words.
In saying that, this skill – and it is a skill which can be taught – won’t happen overnight.
Here are some ways to become more confident:
- Spend time on your speech and use factual evidence to back up your claims. If you’re happy with what you’re saying, that’s step number one complete.
- Surround yourself with positive individuals and people you aspire to be like. Negative energies will just tear you down.
- Be kind to yourself and compliment yourself on your appearance, success and personality. Feeding yourself unflattering words will damage your confidence.
Being Passionate About Speaking
Unlike the first point, you can’t teach passion and you can’t fake it either. So if you only want to speak for the publicity, money or fame, you’re not going to succeed as much as your passionate peers.
Amazing speakers have an honest desire to educate and help which radiates when they’re in the room.
This is evident through the way they speak with energy and emotion and have gone the extra mile to produce a speech which is emotive and real.
So although passion can’t be taught, it can be found. Here are some ways to find your passion:
- Love your topic. Discuss things you a). know something about and b). really care for. If your topics don’t include any of these, then don’t even bother.
- Believe in what you’re saying. Once you’ve chosen an area you’re genuinely interested in, take an angle that is honest. Don’t fake your way through facts and don’t stand an opinion that you disagree with because you’re scared of people’s responses.
- Respect your audience. They’re there to listen to you. So don’t waste their time with mumble jumble. Evoke a reaction from them by widening their senses and properly preparing. You can’t wing your way through a speech!
Speaking To Your Audience, Not At Them
We often share the importance of not making people feel like you’re shouting in their faces, and they’re wincing at your words. Your role is to make people enjoy their time with you, whilst learning something. Not to intimidate them.
Here are a few ways to effectively speak to your audience:
- Cadence is everything. You don’t want to be speaking so fast that people miss everything, nor do you want to send people to sleep. Record yourself to get a feel for your speed.
- Speak authentically. We’re all guilty of having a ‘telephone voice’, but it’s blatant to a person standing in front of you when they’re not being their true self.
- Don’t over-rehearse word for word or there’s the potential for your words to sound forged – much like when you witness a poor actor who doesn’t sound like they mean anything they’re saying.
Go Along With The Flow
Inevitably, not everything will go to plan. An audience member will cough loudly and put you off, or your pen for the presentation screen will refuse to work.
Whatever happens, learn to adapt to the situation and take control of it. Don’t freak out and panic people, but continue as normal and even make it as part of your presentation.
There are so many worse things that can happen in life and remember that everyone is rooting for you.
Here are a few ways to go along with the flow:
- Take a deep breath and relax when something doesn’t go to plan. It’s not worth getting yourself worked up over.
- Feel the energy in the room and feed off of it. Are people fidgeting? React to their body language.
- Constantly adjust your content to who your audience is and how they respond to you. Don’t let your speech become stagnant.
Living in the moment is a large proportion of speaking; it’s more entertaining for you and it keeps the audience on their toes.
Take a read through the above points and custom them to your speech, so the next time someone sees you present, they describe you as amazing.