Speaking to Groups. Human anxiety begins almost automatically and includes clear physiological symptoms: a racing heart, sweating, stomach pains, even diarrhea. But the torture can stop!
You can walk up to people confidently — You can step forward and take the most incredible journey into speaking to groups.
Getting ahead in Life and Business requires effective communications. Words alone will make you a fair communicator at best. Believing that what you say matters while making a connection as one human being to another, whether you’re speaking to one or thousands takes you from Good to Great.
Great communicators don’t restrict themselves to speaking when spoken to Public Speaking is normally associated with standing in front of a group of people while delivering your presentation. Initiating discussions, voicing your opinion, and actively entering into an exchange of ideas informally at business lunches, network gatherings, or formally speaking in front of others is public speaking.
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Great communicators move people, inspire action, arouse interest, make lasting impressions, and share a sense of self with others.
Tips from the Leaders Institute when speaking to groups:
- Add Energy and Enthusiasm: Enthusiasm is the absolute most important public speaking secret. If you have energy and enthusiasm, your audience will love you. Be excited about your topic, and your audience will be excited about your presentation.
- Speak Up; Your voice is your best tool when you present, so use it. If you are quiet, the audience will question your authority on the subject. Increase your volume a little to show the audience that you are in control.
- Add Impact and Pizzazz to Your Presentation. Use Success Stories as Proof: Your successes are solid proof that your advice is sound, so anytime you offer advice or a suggested plan of action, always try to use a personal example as your proof that your advice is valid. If you haven’t had personal success with the new idea, find some other group or person who has and use their success story as proof
- Add Audience Participation: Audience participation is a fantastic way to break up the presentation and adds energy and attentiveness to a presentation.
- Make Your Gestures Bigger than Your Body: In a small room, try to make your gestures outside of your torso. Small gestures below the shoulders and close to your body make you look weak and timid. The higher and wider your gestures are, the more confident you appear. When we get nervous, we want a barrier between us and the threat, so the small gestures show the audience that you are threatened by them. Make the gestures bigger.
- Quote from an Expert: When you quote an expert, you are temporarily borrowing their expertise and credibility. Quotes should be short and by someone, the audience will recognize, but when used properly, they can help the speaker have even more credibility.
- Get Good at Delivering without Notes and Visual Aids: Practice it without notes. Just write your three, four, or five key points on a slide or flip chart and practice delivering the presentation by really developing your stories. At this point, you will only really need to remember which story you want to use for each of your points. Keep it simple.
- Change Your Tone: What do they call boring speakers? Right, “monotone”. When we get nervous, especially when we memorize a presentation word-for-word, we tend to zoom through the presentation because we are afraid we will forget something. Most often, a speaker will sound very monotone when he/she does this. The reason why most coaches will tell a speaker to “slow down” is because most speakers zoom through memorized speeches with little or no emphasis on content, so the tone stays the same all the way through. Instead, design your speech and make a conscious effort to call attention to words or phrases that need to be emphasized. “It made a HUGE difference,” versus “It was a huge difference.”
- Add Showmanship: Remember that in addition to informing and persuading the audience, as a speaker, we also have an obligation to entertain the audience. If you can WOW! The audience, you will be memorable. So do something different than what everyone else does. Below are a few ways to add showmanship
- Teach The Audience Something that will Surprise Them: When we teach team-building activities, we often start will a memory trick that helps the audience improve their memory very quickly. It is a simple technique that anyone can learn, so it is very impressive to most audiences. When I was in school, a speaker showed us how to read faster by having us read a section from a book in our normal way for 60 seconds. then, he had us read again but this time pointing to the words in the book with our left hand as we read. The second time that we read, we gained as many as a couple of dozen extra lines of reading. It was really cool. Try it yourself.
- Add Some Magic: Quick and easy magic tricks can add some fun and energy to a presentation if it is appropriate. quick magic can be really fun and memorable.
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