Presentation Tips for Public Speaking

Standing in front of a group of even ten people is not as easier as some people might find, and it is even harder to deliver a speech to a larger public gathering. Even veteran speakers sometimes find themselves in a clueless phase how they should progress with their speech. Although politicians are experts in the art of public speaking, what they say is not taken as seriously as are the words delivered by an executive at a private firm. It is not true if someone claims to be hundred percent confident or not nervous at all just before delivering a speech of making a presentation. The task is even more difficult for that person if they have to speak to about a hundred or even more people at a time. If the setting of the public gathering is somewhere in a five-star hotel where deadly silence makes you listen your own words, the state of being nervous is harsher than it can be in another situation. Nevertheless, the task can be accomplished successfully and even impressively by following some basic principles and rules of delivering public speeches.


  • 1

    Chose Topic of Your Specialisation

    If you are asked or invited to speak in the area of your specialisation it is a great help for you, since you have a grip on the subject and can be confident at the time of telling your story to your audience. It can be that you are asked to chose any subject that interests you, and if so go for the subject that you know the best. Do not select a topic about which you know nothing and at the end you have to stand in front of people with your mouth shut, not knowing what to say, and even how to start. The situation will kill you inside, and make the process difficult.

  • 2

    Visit Speech Venue Beforehand

    If you know the venue where the public gathering will take place, visit it a day earlier than its happening. You can assess the entire situation and place where you will be standing to deliver the speech.

  • 3

    Know Your Audience

    Knowing the people you are going to address can help you gain confidence. For example, if a majority of them are professionals, students or farmers, you will be able to determine how to start and what to say etc, and what sort of questions you can expect to be thrown at you.

  • 4

    Practice and Practice

    Practising your speech in front of a group or in front of a wall can help you hone your speech delivering skills. It can further boost your confidence. While practising speak as if you are speaking in real in front of your audience and set the tone of your delivery accordingly.

  • 5

    Use of Hands Gestures

    Use of polite hands gestures can help you gain in confidence, but be careful about the choice of gestures, and avoid using any rude ones. Also keep in mind professional and educational level of your audience, as speaking in front of a highly educated class and use of gesture can make you feel awkward.

  • 6

    Try to Be Interactive

    If you lose your course with words, let someone in the audience ask you a question. Even you can ask them if they have any question at that stage and if someone raises their hand let them speak out and listen patiently. You can again ask if anyone else has a question and then move on.

  • 7

    Ask Audience Questions

    If you find yourself short of words all of sudden, throw a question at your audience, and by the time anyone from them answers it, find your way back to the speech, where you missed it last time.

  • 8

    Ask for Feedback

    You can also ask your audience to give their feedback at end of the program. This will provide you some time to get back on the track.

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