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Public Speaking: 4 Fundamentals You Need to Know

By Narges Nirumvala on May 11 2012 • Filed under The Power Communicator

Four fundamentals you need to know about public speaking, by Narges Nirumvala. (Photo)Many people just don’t realize how complex public speaking is and how many different things a public speaking coach works on when they are training a client. In this article I wanted to take you through four absolutely fundamental things that are the foundations of good speaking.

Sometimes when I’m working with a client the best place to begin is with the basics. This is part of the list – but it’s a good place to start. Please remember that like any of the other tips and strategies I’ve shared with you through my writing, you must implement them to see a change in your performance. If you just read it and forget it, nothing will change and your public speaking skills will not improve. So here we go:
 
Structure:
 
You’re going to begin by organizing what you want to say. It sounds simple, right? Then why is it so many people sound lost or confused when they speak in public? Sit down and think about what you want to achieve and then work backwards. Write it down and organize it. Imagine that your thoughts are a filling cabinet – are they stuffed full of papers just thrown in or are they in files clearly labeled in alphabetical order?
 
Hands:
 
“What do I do with my hands?” is a question I get all the time. Some things NOT to do with your hands include:
 
  • put them in your pockets
  • play with your hair
  • rub the sweat off your palms onto your clothes (yes I’ve seen that!)
  • rub your hands together like you’re trying to make fire

…phew I’m tired just thinking about this list. Use your hands to communicate, not groom yourself!!

Eyes:
 
Your eyes are the way you connect with your audience – whether it’s an audience of 10 or 10,000. How do you feel? Are you nervous? Are you excited? What are you really thinking about? Do you want to be speaking or would you rather be somewhere else? Your audience will feel the answers through your eyes – so be careful and focus on your thoughts and emotions on the moment.
 
Stance:
 
Do you have good posture? I talk a lot about posture in my writing and I know you might get sick of it at some point – but it’s because good posture equals confidence and commands attention much better than bad posture. Some signs that you DON’T have good posture – you’re slouching, leaning, hip sitting or hunched over. So stand up straight!
 
We’ve gone through four basics of good public speaking. Now it’s up to you – pick one and work on it. The next time you’re standing up to give a presentation, whether it’s a pitch or a keynote, be aware of these elements and see where you can improve. My ultimate goal is to help you become a better, more confident speaker. So try out my suggestions and let me know how they worked for you – your feedback is always welcome.
 
Happy Speaking!
 

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