Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Spoken words are more powerful than written words in the hand of right public speaker

Public speaking is important to everyone. You everyday formally and Informally interact with People. Interaction is integral part of living. there is no day passes without interacting with someone. public speaking has lot many benefits in professional and private lives. it is also important for your career growth. It builds relationship with your friends, family, clients and Business partners.

Fear of Public Speaking is common, Many people despise public speaking because they are afraid to interact. Public speaking is art of persuasion, You inspire you motivate your audience. You see most public speaker are leaders. They have command on their talk so that, they lead any conversation.

Public speaking skills is most required skill to every profession no matter how difficult you feel that skill is, it needs to be developed. it requires everywhere for instance Business meeting, Education and Individual interaction. having this skill builds your confidence. It makes you feel comfortable around people, because of that your interactions with people increases and you become more social person and you built strong social network.

But let me remind you, Public Speaking is a skill and every skill can be developed or learnt.

Overcoming fear of Public Speaking

Most of the time you do not initiate the talk because of public speaking fear. fear won’t let you live your comfort zone and initiate the talk. you can overcome this fear with practice. You need to come out from comfort zone, meet people and talk with them.This practice will help you to overcome public speaking fear. In starting of your practice days, you can not come off as good as you want. but after practicing you can easily overcome fear.

Public Speaking Practice

How can you practice of public speaking, this question always runs in your mind.

Public Speaking Practice means interaction. a little interaction can help you to build the confidence, so bring public speaking into practice. every small talk builds your confidence.

The very first step of practicing is to communicate with your friends. Once you are comfortable talking with your friends then meet new people. see how do you feel talking with new people. write down your own experience. Observe where exactly you are lacking while talking to an acquaintance see your comfort level.

There are some other ways to practice public speaking

1.You can talk into mirror, observe yourself, your body language when you are speaking.

2.Video calling this also helps you a lot, you don’t need to come out from your comfort zone, when you are video calling. this would be good practice.

3.You can videotape yourself. Where you can hear your voice, observe body language your hands, your gesture and postures

There are many ways to practice public speaking see which works with you. It is not necessary you need to follow these steps. you can invent your own way of practicing.

No matter how much you prepare for public speaking at the time of speaking you always going to feel unprepared. so my suggestion is start public speaking as soon as possible. practicing is the only thing can help you to become a public speaker.

In public speaking you need to learn from your mistakes, you do not have to repeat the same mistakes again always put yourself in the situations where you must speak, Make friends initiate the conversation. That is what public speakers do.

Knowing how to do public speaking doesn’t change anything practicing does.

The Importance of Body Language in Public Speaking

Body language is another important aspects in public speaking.

below some common yet important tips

Facial Expressions while Talking

Facial Expression plays most important role in public speaking..

You show almost all emotion, expression through your face. happiness, surprised, fear, sadness anger. Facial expressions can display your emotions. They are really important when we are interacting with someone.

Power of Smile in Public Speaking

When you approach someone to talk the most important thing is to smile. genuine smile goes long way.

When you smile at your audience then most of the time you are welcome by your audience. Smile sends the positive energy. Smile makes you feel comfortable around People. It releases stress, it makes your approach friendly and It makes other people to feel comfortable around you.

Importance of Eye Contact in Public Speaking

Making eye contact is most important in public speaking. When you look someone in the eye you are connected with that person directly you are having a conversation with them not at them.

Holding eye contact through out your speech is important. Your audience also feel encouraged to listen to your speech. because you give them a lot of attention.

It is important to connect with your audience through eyes, When you don’t keep eye contact. audience feels less connected. when they are not looking you in the eye, That time their mind is wondering instead focusing at your speech.

Hands Gestures in Public Speaking

The big question you face that is How to use hands when speaking. After facial expression using hands is important in public speaking..

You use your hands to convey your message, to communicate with your audience. through your hands you express yourself.

Your hands should move accordingly your speech. they should be connected to your speech. you use your hands to describe your speech. it convey your speech more meaningful. this surely makes impact on your speech.

Note When you are using your hands make sure one thing never point your fingers at your audience. instead use more open hands and body language this is going to make your audience feel connected to you.

Open body language always makes your audience to listen and to talk with you. Do not keep your hands in Pocket or cross them

Stand tall, keep your shoulder back. Be confident about yourself and about your speech. Never slouch when you are communicating with anyone.

How to move on Stage

By practicing, you learn to use a stage while talking.

When you use stage you encourage your audience. This also gives you positive energy. It makes you feel comfortable because you are connected to your audience. you can make eye contact with each one of them. but need to keep one thing in mind when you are using stage try to hold eye contact.

When you move around. you own the stage, It gives you confidence. it makes you feel more energetic more confident. your speech become more engaging and interactive.

Moving on the stage requires practice.

How your Voice Impact on Public Speaking

In public speaking tone is most important. your tone convey exact message to your audiences, tone has impact on your speech it motivates or demotivates an audience, when you speak confidently and clearly your audience gets clear idea. so speak with passion.

It is really important to learn, how to express yourself in that particular language

Work on pauses, Rate of speech, tone and language expression. These things change emotion of any sentences and words.

Importance of Storytelling in Public Speaking

We all like to hear stories, as we have been listening stories growing up. Effective story telling is important to motivate and engage the audience. stories makes your speech memorable. Stories are easy to remember easy to understand and relate. Story telling makes you exciting and encouraging public speaker. Inspiring stories always motivate an audience and keep them engage. We see stories everywhere. Everything which has story that sells more.

Start your speech from story that captivate your audience attention. Audience connect with you easily. good story teller takes audiences on journey. When you start from storytelling it relaxes you as well your audience

Storytelling works best everywhere.

Tips How to Practice English Language alone

The learning language system is to listening and imitating sounds, then learn to speak words, small phrases and its uses. this is how you have learnt to speak your mother tongue

When you had learnt English language, have you followed the language learning system? most people’s answer will be the same that they have not followed the learning language system.

You know the language, you can write the language, you can read the language, you can understand the language but you can not speak fluently.

Have you ever thought? why fluently speaking is difficult with you? you understand language, read and write but not able to speak fluently? The answer is simple you can not construct the sentences while you are talking.

With limited speaking skills set it is difficult to give a presentation and face interviews, there you need to speak continuously and make audiences understand your point of view.

Not able to speak fluently makes you feel less confident in workplace. when someone is speaking better than you, you hesitate to talk with them.

For communicating you need sentences. when constructing sentences in mind takes a time then you are unable to speak fluently. 

As quickly you are able to make sentences as much fluency you have over English language after this you require a lot of practice to develop your communication skills.

Having mastery on language it takes time and practice, Many people can’t reach the mastery level.

When you need to have mastery over language very first you need to get your basic concepts cleared. you need to learn language vocabulary, grammar and sentence formation.

Let me tell you one important thing, There is much difference in knowing and speaking the language. knowing the language doesn’t make you a good public speaker.

How to Practice a Language alone

There are many ways to practice you can find friends who are native speakers or who have good communication skills. You can practice by yourself or with your friends. remember Practicing is important when you want to have mastery.

Practicing can help you to develop your language skill. it improves your vocabularies, grammar, phrases, pronunciation, way of speaking and your communication skills.

Reading, writing, speaking, listening and watching movies are better way of Practicing. you can take help from technology, make online friend connect with native speakers and communicate with them.

When you practice every day your language skills develop.

Reading Practice

Reading improves your vocabularies and helps you to understand the language in depth. there are many books to read

You need to select the right book which is easy to understand and have simple vocabularies and conversational English. that widen your vocabularies and speaking skills. so you improve your English.

Being reader you always have wide set of vocabularies, knowledge and more information.

  • It makes you a great conversationalist
  • It makes you learn grammar, vocabularies and sentence construction
  • It is good for overall learning language
  • It improves thinking and language skills

For reading you must give time, you should make this habit. most importantly you must spend time reading

Learn a Language by Writing

Writing improves your language skills, It improves grammar, vocabularies, spellings and sentence construction. You need to start with a simple piece of writing, you can translate the story from your language to English. this speed up your translation skills

When you write paragraph or story, you must focus on grammar and sentence making, This can help you to improve your language, learning to express yourself into words that develop your language skills.

You can write a journal this also helps you to build your language But keep in mind generally you are correct at writing. since there is time to think and correct the sentence.

  • It develops and shapes uses of language
  • It helps to memories and sharpen your mind
  • It improves explanation skills
  • You can describe your imagination through your writing
  • It shapes your ideas, imagination and languages skills

Speaking Practice

Speaking is helpful when you are learning a language, Speaking is one kind of practice. When you practice speaking you get more comfortable with the language

Find a friend who is a native speaker or who is good at language. so you can listen to a correct language practising with people who are good at language that really helps you to develop your speaking skills.

  • Speaking boost self-confidence.
  • With speaking you can imitate what you have heard.
  • By speaking you learn pronunciation and expression of language
  • Practicing helps to develop communication skills

There is one drawback with speaking. When you have heard wrong grammar, wrong pronunciation, and you are imitating those same sentences you end up practising wrong sentences.

Listening Practice

Listening audiobooks, podcast and songs help you to gain new words, sentences and expression of language.

Listening and practicing language develops your language skills. When you listen for speaking you need continuously practice of listening

But keep one thing in mind when you are listening, try to listen to conversational English that improves your conversational skills.

  • listening improves pronunciation and expression
  • you learn many new words
  • you can listen anywhere
  • with listening you can imitate what you have heard

Listening is always input!

Learn a Language by Watching Movies

When you want to practice you need to watch movies in the targeted language. this is a fun way to practice. For practising language watch movies to understand first and then speak the language.

You can watch movies or T.V series. but you need to repeatedly practice watching movies

  • You can learn the expression of the language.
  • watching movies help you to improve speech
  • you can imitate dialogues
  • watching movies improves words, Phrases and sentences

Thinking in The Language

Thinking in targeted language means constantly speaking with yourself. This turns out to be a better way to learn languages. This helps to basic English language learners.

Thinking in the language which you aim to speak, it takes effort because your thoughts only flow in Mother Tongue.

Thinking in language where you have lack of words, not having enough knowledge of sentence making it is again difficult job but you can overcome with the right practice.

Thinking which means constantly talking, making phrases and making sentences. when you start thinking in that language, your language starts to develop.

When you intentionally do this practice it becomes your habit

  • It develops your language
  • It makes you learn phrases and sentences
  • thinking practice you can do it anywhere
  • It makes you perfect in language

Pronunciation Practice

After learning languages, it is important to learn pronunciation or else your language sound like your mother tongue.

You don’t need to sound like a native speaker. You need to speak with neutral accent so people can understand you.

When your English language skills are good and you speak language with accurate pronunciation that makes you good public speaker because people clearly understand you.

So once you learn the language spend more time on learning pronunciation it adds value in your resume

Join a Class

When your basic concepts are not right and your profession demands fluency over the English language. reading, writing, listing, thinking & Speaking practices are not helping you the way you have imagined.

every day, you deal with clients explaining, communicating and giving a presentation. then you must have mastery over language.

You start conversation very well but after a minute you go blank you don’t understand how to carry a conversation.

Then you better join the class to get your basic concepts clear and then you can go ahead with these practices.

When you completely know the language then practice entirely helps you to build the language otherwise it confuses you.

Reading, writing, thinking, speaking, practices helps only those who need to have fluency.