Speaking in front of an audience isn’t easy, and many people suffer from stage fright. Some are afraid that they will embarrass themselves, whereas some think they will be rejected by the audience. This all leads to sweating, forgetting your lines, and being unable to speak fluently.
Honesty, I had stage fright before, but with persistence and practice, I overcame my fear and became a vocal leader who enjoys interacting with the public. When speaking to an audience, your content can be largely affected by your packaging: your choice of words, your body language, your humor, and your voice pitch. Using these six steps, I conquered my fear and became better at conveying my ideas.
1. MODULATE YOUR VOICE. People who have lower and deeper voices seem to have authority and power to command. We tend to speak with a higher pitch when they’re nervous or excited and with a lower pitch when they feel more relaxed and controlled.
2. LOOK INTO THE EYE. The easiest way to connect to your audience and to show authenticity and sincerity is to look into their eyes. When we lie or when we invent information, we usually look upwards, downwards, left, or right. Whenever you talk to someone and you do these gestures, the audience easily thinks that you are lying or hiding something.
3. AVOID READING YOUR SCRIPT. When you are asked to deliver a speech, try to avoid reading it from a script because you’re going to sound more monotonous. Rather, deliver your words impromptu. When you do it impromptu, your tone goes up and down, and therefore, it’s more heartfelt and more sincere. Also, remember that your content must be easy to understand and easy to remember. Focus on how you say it, what exactly are you saying in the first place, and how well you know your audience.
4. DRESS FOR SUCCESS. I feel a lot more confident when I’m dressed well. I choose comfortable clothes which make me look both professional and beautiful. When choosing how to dress for public speaking, you must also consider other important things such as the demographics of my audience, the theme, and venue of the event.
5. WATCH YOUR BODY LANGUAGE. Compliment your words with body language. You can walk around the stage and engage the audience. Act naturally, and talk with them, don’t just focus on finishing your speech as fast as you can. Relax, take a deep breath, and just be yourself.
6. HUMOR HELPS. I sometimes start my speech with a joke because it both lightens up the atmosphere and relaxes me. A joke will instantly boost your confidence, as you will feel more comfortable speaking, trust me. Moreover, the audience won’t be bored and will definitely pay attention to you and what you are saying.
Remember that being good in public speaking isn’t going to happen overnight. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Also, don’t forget to surround yourself with friends and mentors who are going to provide that friendly feedback.
Don’t be afraid to try out different methods, as we are all different. According to my experience, these six points will certainly help you become a rock star in front of the crowd. Good luck and I wish you the best!