Got a speech to do?
In this article I’m going share 5 basic public speaking rules that can help anyone (beginner or pro) to be a better public speaker.
All of these basic rules can be implemented right now so that your next speech is amazing!
Open with a question
You don’t need to be all fancy and try to start your presentation with a story. You just need to do something which captures people’s attention.
The easiest way to this is to ask a question.
Cut out all the boring formality of “good mornings” and introductions. Cut to the chase and ask a question directly related to your presentation to get the audience involved from the start.
Here are some example question starters:
“Have you ever wondered…?”
“Do you know…?”
“How many times have we tried to…?”
In the context of a speech about a new product line you could start with a question like, “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sell red widgets?”
Make your speech audience-centered
I know what it’s like.
You have a speech to do and you just want to get it over and done with. So, you’re just doing the bare minimum.
Trouble with the bare minimum is you’re only thinking about yourself. You’re not thinking about all those poor people who will be sitting in front of you, listening to you drone on about a boring topic.
If you’ve got a speech to do, try not to make it all about yourself. Think about the speech topic in the context of what the audience wants and needs.
Where possible, frame your speech around the audience so that they can see some kind of tangible benefit.
Speak in a low-context manner
Hate sitting through a 30 minute speech that has no point?
…Only to find out in the last few sentences what the actual point was?
So does everyone else.
When you do your speech, one way you can help your audience stay alert and engaged is to speak in a low-context manner. State the objective/point upfront, then give your background, evidence, and detail. Don’t give loads of information upfront without making the point clear or you will just frustrate your audience.
Don’t fret the small stuff
If you forget something or you make a mistake just keep going.
Don’t let a minor error derail your speech. The audience doesn’t care about minor slip ups so neither should you.
Finish where you began
I mentioned being low-context. A way to ensure you stay low-context throughout your speech is aim to finish where you began.
If your introduction stated the objective as, “Today I’m going to explain the plan we will use to increase sales by 10% this year“, end with “So that’s how we are going to increase sales by 10% this year. Any questions?”
These 5 critical rules are easy to follow and can be implemented in your next speech to wow your audience.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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