Every time you stand in front of the crowd, you tell yourself not to shiver, but somehow your heart is still pounding and your mind is blank. This situation happens to a lot of us. So, how to be confident in public? Here we have a few tips right for you!
There are many types of speeches, from casual to formal, from speaking to a small audience to presenting in front of thousands of spectators. Each kind of speech is different and requires different preparations. Nevertheless, confidence is always the most basic and necessary factor. Yet unfortunately, this factor is also one of the hardest to obtain for most people. How to be confident? Break hopes the below tips can help you.
In life, sometimes you stumble on the responsibility to make statements, introductions, congratulations in a wedding reception or an award ceremony. These kinds of speech are faily short and easy. But at work, you must do reports, or presentations for a project. These speeches, however, are often long and informative so listeners may neglect the words you say, making you lose confidence gradually.
Therefore, organize the data into the main ideas, which will make your presentation easier to follow. Lead the listeners to what you want. Connect the main ideas to let the listeners see the logic. Before ending the presentation, you must summarize the main ideas and what you want the audience to pay attention to. When the listeners understand you, you'll become much more confident.
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Looking at the audience is a way for you to easily communicate with them, increasing your self-confidence in the crowd.
To get someone's attention, you have to make people feel that you are talking to them, not to the ceiling or the floor. Looking straight at the audience is one of the best ways to attract attention. But you should look at the audience slowly, because of a quick glance makes you seem to have a feeling of unconfidence. When you pay attention to a listener, keep your eyes on them for a few seconds, but not for too long because this can make the listener affraid ('never make listeners worry' is a public speaking rule).
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Look normally like when you are talking normally with someone. In the past, eye contact was a way to overwhelm the opponent in a battle a. So try to be natural: instead of looking directly into their eyes, look at the gap between their eyebrows or the space between their nose and eyes. This look causes attention without scaring them. You can ask a relative or friend to try and look at you this way and vice versa.
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When you need to speak enthusiastically, change the tone up and down to express your feelings to the listeners. Basically, you need to "stimulate the emotions" of the listeners, making your speech become lively and attractive. If you have no interest in speaking, how can you attract your audience? To support that naturality, you need to have some appropriate gestures, don't stiffly clench your fists or leave them on the table.
Think about this: The average person reads 250 to 300 words per minute and says 100 to 150 words per minute. If you just speak without gestures or changes in tone, then you are basically reading a book, not presenting or showing interest in the audience and everything around. So make sure you say 100 words with gestures and passion to attract the audience's attention. If you are giving a presentation with powerpoint, make your talk more appealing, for example, by letting people talk with you instead of just reading all the information on the projector.
If possible, do look through that room first to be better prepared!
Public speaking is quite stressful so you should do anything to eliminate the potential risks. That's why you need to know where you are going to present. If possible, take a look at that room first. If you can't, ask the people there to know a little more about it. That room can contains how many people and how many people will attend? This affects your presentation.
The temperature of the room seems to be a small detail but it can make a difference, too. Dress appropriately so that you won't be cold or sweaty. Sometimes, just because it is too hot or cold, you may sweat or quiver, making the listener mistakenly believe you are not confident in yourself and what you say are untrustworthy.
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Finally make sure you have all the gadgets and tools well prepared. If you need a phone, projector or radio station, it's best to check them carefully before the presentation. Although these are only minor factors, it does have a big effect on your success.
No matter how well prepared you are, there may still be an error, but you need to overcome and control the problem properly. You need to be serious if you want the audience to respect you and that's why you need to ignore small mistakes. The negligence of pronunciation will happen but don't worry about them because the audience doesn't pay attention. The audience will focus on the main points in your talk so even if this happens 9 or 10 times, they don't care.
However, they will pay special attention if you show that you are embarrassed, confused and unable to continue after saying something wrong. So be confident before the crowd.
Wish you success!