<div style=”transition: none 0s ease 0s; display: block;” data-rss-type=”text”> n n Are you struggling with public speaking? Are you still recovering from a bad public speaking experience? I get it, I’ve been there. The solution I’ve found to becoming an amazing public speaker (outside of working with me) is preparing in the right way. So I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips and tricks to becoming the best public speaker you can be. n n <div> n <br/> n <div> n <b> n <font style=”color: rgb(240, 20, 124);”> n n Choosing a Topicn n </font> n </b> n </div> n <div> n n We’re starting off with the obvious: the content. Your speech should revolve around a topic that you’re PASSIONATE and KNOWLEDGEABLE about–otherwise, why are you talking about it? Passion speaks to people just as much as you do, and by centering your speech around something you love it becomes much more engaging for your audience. n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n n Even better, pick a topic that you can share stories about. The more personal and detailed the better. This tactic helps an audience relate to what you’re saying and feel more connected to the material you’re presenting. If you can, get to know your audience before you even write your speech. This can help you choose how to present your topic, what stories to share, and how to present it to them.n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n <b> n <font style=”color: rgb(255, 42, 173);”> n n Formatting Your Speechn n </font> n </b> n </div> n <div> n n Now that you’ve selected a topic that’s as familiar to you as the back of your hand, it’s time to figure out the best way to present it. I like to start by mentioning the big idea or the crux of my speech within the first few minutes. This helps hook an audience and keep them interested. n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n n Next, I plan an outline of my main points using keywords that highlight and expand upon my topic. When I’m presenting these points, I keep my thoughts concise–rambling only leads to your audience zoning out. And with my keywords, I like to repeat myself! This gives your listeners a chance to absorb what you’re sharing with them, making it more likely for them to recall it later. n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n n Lastly, try to include an actionable item that your audience can do immediately after your speech is over–this gives your talk intrinsic value for your listeners. n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n <b> n <font style=”color: rgb(255, 42, 173);”> n n Practice Makes Perfectn n </font> n </b> n </div> n <div> n n You may have heard this advice before, but it is pure GOLD, baby: over-practice the first 5 minutes of your speech. This is because the beginning of your talk is when your nerves are at their peak, so by over-practicing this part and making its recall easier, you’re doing your future, very nervous self a giant favor. If you know that there’s another part of your speech that you’re nervous for — over-practice that too!n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n n Don’t forget that practicing your speech means practicing the performance of it. Plan for pauses and silence that will help emphasize your points and release or create tension. Rehearse the movements that you’ll be making on stage and utilize your hands. Make your speech a full-body experience for your audience to witness and engage with. n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n n Finally, take advantage of your professional and personal network and ask for feedback! Get someone to read your speech and then watch you perform it. This is the best way to identify the areas that need improvement — be open to criticism! It can only make you better.n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n <b> n <font style=”color: rgb(255, 42, 173);”> n n Give Yourself Some Gracen n </font> n </b> n </div> n <div> n n At the end of the day, public speaking is a skill that you’ll only get better at if you keep doing it! Yes, hope that your next speech will be your best one yet, but also plan to improve. Stay aware of yourself and be honest with yourself–after your speech, take 30 minutes or so to reflect upon the experience. Where could you have improved? Then go relax–remember to celebrate! And if you need someone to coach you through it, check out the coaching services I offer. My skills could be yours in just a few short weeks!n n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n <div> n <br/> n </div> n </div> n</div>