Public speaking – don’t let your nerves get the better of you

Sometimes it is painful to watch people speaking publicly.

Their shyness, unpreparedness, or real difficulty is palpable when they’re called on to make

a speech.

A recent business event, at which there were multiple speakers, was a classic example. Out

of at least a dozen speakers, there was arguably only one who was memorable for the right

reasons.

Of course, feeling nervous when you have to give a speech is understandable – whether it’s

to 50 people or 500.

But the thing is, public speaking doesn’t have to be an ordeal. It can even be fun.

You have to know what you’re going to say, and how you’re going to do it.

And unless you’re a real professional, you need to do a bit of practice.

Not just once or twice, but multiple times!

Not to say you need to memorise the message, but the more proficient you are at delivering

it, the more confident you’re going to feel.

And the more you hear yourself telling the message OUT LOUD, ideally the more you will

be tuned in to the way you sound, and to the likely impact, or not, of your words on your

audience.

It goes without saying that to be a convincing speaker, you have to know your subject

matter very well indeed. This is not the time to bluff or hedge!

Confidence breeds confidence – if you make a good job, you’ll be even better the next time.

But there are no short cuts. Each speech is different, and each requires the same

commitment to excellence – that’s if you really want to be memorable.