Public speaking is a powerful tool for moving a career forward. That’s why we make it a priority as part of our Nation United coaching program. These are a few of the strategies we share with our colleagues:
- Find Groups to Practice With: There are clubs like Toastmasters International that get people together for the specific purpose of becoming comfortable with public speaking. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, a leadership position with a local charity could provide the chance to address large groups of volunteers. With a little creativity, it’s easy to find reasons to speak to more than one person at a time – which is really all public speaking boils down to.
- Work on the Fundamentals: Several audible factors contribute to a presenter’s success. The pitch, tone, and volume of our voices have a tremendous impact on the way our messages are received. Also, we know that the clarity with which we speak and avoiding filler words such as, “Like,” or, “Umm,” can distract the audience from a quality Nation United message.
- Know Your Audience and Venue in Advance: Having knowledge of our listeners allows us to tailor a message that will specifically relate to them. Factors like the size of the audience and their level of experience with our topic allows us to spend time engaging with specific onlookers, for instance, or might influence the depth to which we explore certain info.