Grabbing a microphone and standing before a bunch of people is a thrill for me, but even I get nervous, if I’m not prepared.
In this age of Web 2.0, Multi-Level Marketers may think they can “do it all” online, all the time, but there will come an occasion or occasions where you’ll find yourself in front of an audience, even if that “audience” is one single person.
If MLM is the farthest thing from your mind; and you are a journalist, freelance writer, or oil rig worker, the time will come when you may be asked “to say a few words”. Be Ready.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC SPEAKING FROM THE TOASTMASTERS CLUB
Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and healthy. It shows you care about doing well. But, too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here’s how you can control your nervousness and make effective, memorable presentations:
Know the room. Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
Know the audience. Greet some of the audience as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
Know your material. If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
Relax. Ease tension by doing exercises.
Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured. When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful.
Photo by Toastmasters