I already wrote about LEAP Summit and Pre-summit workshops. One of the workshops was about public speaking and how to be successful in it. It can be scary, makes us anxious and we don’t like it. Karlo from Speech Fennel gave us useful tips and tricks.
5 minutes before public speaking
Try Superhero pose
Stand like a superhero: chin up, chest out, hands on hips, legs hip length apart on the ground. There’s a scientific study that shows that if you stand like this in superhero pose for just five minutes before a job interview or a big presentation or a really hard task, you will not only feel more confident, you will perform immeasurably better. Then stretch your arms up, like a superman. Imagine yourself how you are going up towards the sky. You are unstoppable.
When you have a presentation
Own the stage
Stand firmly on the ground, don’t dance in place. You can walk from one side of the stage to the other, not one step left, one step right. We do this unconsciously so have a friend to record you.
Engage with the audience
Look at people who are listening to your speech. Usually, you look them on a third eye region, between eyebrows. It will look like you are looking at them in the eyes.
Don’t turn back towards the audience, always be inviting.
When I say engage with your audience, I mean to engage with your language (ask them questions, tell something funny) and with the body language.
Have pen, pointer or something in your hands
If you are really nervous, you will not know what to do with your hands. The best advice is to have something like a pen.
Play with the volume of your voice. If you are a quiet speaker you can go up to accentuate the most important part and vice versa.
One trick to get loud without yelling at the audience is to imagine that beautiful arrow in your favourite colour is coming out of your mouth. That arrow travels all across the room and everybody can hear you clearly.
Avoid filler words like a plague
Ok, we do that also unconsciously. Have a friend to record you or to write all the time when you used filler words. When you see it, you can do something about it. Same goes with body language.
Hope this helps,