Being a human we are liable to make a mistake. Even in public
speaking, many people do commit mistakes such as using foghorns like “aahhh”,
“uummmm” etc. These mistakes are such pitty ones that they may be ignored by
the audience to some extent. But some people in public speaking commit blunder
for which the audience is not able to forgive. And this would make your public
speaking go into drains.
There may be instances where a professional, a businessman may end
up boring his audience for 20-25min whereas a layman might have the capability
to bring rejoice in the audience. This is all because he has understood
the essentials of public speaking well.
The most common misdeeds done by people in public speaking and
speech with “Thank you for inviting me” will take away the interest of the
audience right in the beginning. Start
your speech with bang and wake up your audience who is
there to enjoy your public speaking skills.
formally or informally, is an activity that requires huge efforts. Every speech needs
a lot of practice before it is delivered. “There are always three
speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the
one you gave, and the one you wish you gave. ~Dale Carnegie
A lazy person would surely fail to prepare and practice his speech. Not
many people try to improve themselves in public speaking because of their
laziness. But a person who wants to improve may find his way in a public
speaking course, public speaking books, hiring a public speaking trainer,
joining a public speaking club, reading public speaking blogs and so on.
Some people are of
the belief that public speaking skills cannot be acquired. They envy
others because they think that others have been born with public speaking
skills. Such people try to copy stories or speeches or presentations and
thus they lack confidence. The fact is that public speakers learn the public speaking
skills in the same way they learn to use other business
“A speech is like a woman's skirt: it needs to be long enough to
cover the subject matter but short enough to hold the audience's
attention.” More bullets, words, slides, examples and everything would
only go waste. It would be better to focus on your core message, select only the
best support material to support like examples, slides etc., and speak at
a reasonable pace. Keep the supplementary material for handouts only.
When you exceed the
time allotted to you for the speech, you violate the contract you have
with your audience, and you get you name in their bad books. You must value the time of the audience.
Also remember that nobody will complain if you finish a few minutes early. But if you go beyond
time, the audience have negative emotions for you.
Reading a speech
word for word in public speaking will put the audience to sleep. You may keep the keywords to
prompt your thoughts and then make an eye-contact with the audience, and
Public speaking is
always about the audience and the message you want to convey. So do not keep
talking about yourself as though public speaking is about you only. Do not place yourself ahead of the audience.
Try to recognize what is the interest of the audience. Speak what they want to
hear or convey your message in the way they want to listen. If you fail to do
so, you may fail to impress the audience with your presentation.