Here are just a few hints, public speaking tips and techniques to help you develop your skills and become far more effective as a public speaker.

Mistakes

    Mistakes are all right.
    Recovering from mistakes makes you appear more human.
    Good recovery puts your audience at ease – they identify with you more.

Humour

    Tell jokes if you’re good at telling jokes.
    If you aren’t good, best to leave the jokes behind.
    There’s nothing worse than a punch line that has no punch.
    Gentle humour is good in place of jokes.
    Self-deprecation is good, but try not to lay it on too thick.

Tell stories

    Stories make you a real person not just a deliverer of information.
    Use personal experiences to bring your material to life.
    No matter how dry your material is, you can always find a way to humanise it.

How to use the public speaking environment

    Try not to get stuck in one place.
    Use all the space that’s available to you.
    Move around.
    One way to do this is to leave your notes in one place and move to another.
    If your space is confined (say a meeting room or even presenting at a table) use stronger body language to convey your message.

Technology

    Speak to your audience not your slides.
    Your slides are there to support you not the other way around.
    Ideally, slides should be graphics and not words (people read faster than they hear and will be impatient for you to get to the next point).
    If all the technology on offer fails, it’s still you they’ve come to hear.

You can learn to enjoy public speaking and become far more effective at standing in front of a group of people and delivering a potent message.

When it comes to improving your public speaking skills just remember three words:

practise, practise, practise!

Hope you find this useful..

~Himanshu~

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