Notes for The Beginning of Your Public Speaking


You are about to unlock the secrets to becoming an awesome presenter. Imagine it's your superhero training for public speaking!

Did you know that a lot of people, over 75 per cent, get a bit scared about speaking in public?

We even have a cool name for it - glossophobia. It's like when you're about to give a speech or talk, and you feel a mix of nervousness, like butterflies in your stomach. But guess what? Even though it might feel slightly scary, being good at public speaking is super important, especially in the grown-up world of business and your higher education. Let's talk about some things people might get wrong about speaking in public, first of all:

There is no such thing like A BAD SPEAKER

Everyone can become a great speaker by going through training. And here's the secret: making mistakes is okay! It's like learning new tricks - you might fall a few times, but each time you get up, you will find that you are only getting better.

Following are steps that will help you to go smoothly preparing your speech:

FIRST: Understanding The Source of Nervousness

A. Lack of Self-Belief: Negative thoughts arise from perceiving the audience as more knowledgeable or uninterested.

B. Lack of Preparation: Inadequate knowledge of the topic or understanding of the audience contributes to nervousness.

C. Lack of Speaking Skills: Nervousness can stem from an inability to communicate effectively.

SECOND: Overcoming Nervousness

Preparation is crucial; a prepared speaker gains confidence.

A. Understanding the audience involves focusing on five key aspects: Who Are They? Tailor the presentation based on the audience's demographics (students, parents, teachers).

B. Common Experiences or Background: Use relatable examples that resonate with the audience's experiences.

C. Size of the Audience: Adjust gestures based on the audience size to engage effectively.

D. Purpose of the Audience: Determine if the audience seeks information or entertainment.

E. Formal or Informal Setting: This consideration will help you decide the context that later gets you a better grasp on attires and approaches for your speech.

In conclusion, mastering public speaking involves recognizing and addressing the root causes of nervousness, emphasizing preparation, and understanding the nuances of the audience and presentation context. This knowledge, when applied, transforms a speaker into a confident and impactful communicator.

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