Four Ways to Master the Art of Public Speaking 

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Leadership

Public speaking is something that we all must do at some point in our lives. No matter what you do for a living, there is going to be a point where speaking in front of others is going to be essential. It’s part of how we communicate our goals and beliefs to one another, and if you’re good at it, it’s going to help you a lot in the long run. 

No matter how good you are at speaking in front of a crowd, you can always improve these skills. The next time you find yourself speaking in a public setting, think of it as an opportunity to better yourself. Need some advice on how to do that? We’ve got you covered. 

Practice Makes Progress

As with everything in life, practice really does make perfect. You might think you have already mastered the art of public speaking, but you might want to think again. Even the most accomplished speakers of all time continue to practice before every talk.  

Here’s a list of different ways you can practice: 

  • Use notecards to remember your talking points. 
  • Practice in front of friends and family. 
  • Practice in the mirror. 
  • Record yourself on video and watch it back later. 

If you find that you are stumbling in the same places repeatedly, consider changing your approach, or maybe it’s time to cut that part from the talk all together. Revision and editing are an essential part of the creative process. 

Study Other Speakers 

It’s important in any situation to pay close attention to those around you and to study them. Even the greatest speakers of all time have people who they look up to and model themselves after. Watch past speeches and take note of what makes them so compelling, or even what makes them not so compelling. How does the speaker move while talking? How do they engage the audience? These are key elements to speaking, and you should be thinking about them in your own talks as well.  

TED™ talks are a great resource for this, as there are hours and hours of examples available on YouTube™ of great speeches and public talks. They also provide helpful videos on how to make your own speeches better

Be a Storyteller 

Storytelling is at the core of every speech ever given. It is the easiest way to captivate your audience and guarantee that they will remain engaged throughout your talk. Looking for an interesting way to hook your audience right from the start? Try beginning your speech with a relevant anecdote. It could be about you and your life, or it could be about someone else entirely. Check out this helpful guide from Trekk Soft on the art of storytelling

People have always been entertained by stories, both fictitious and real. It’s why we continue to tell the same ones over and over again. Any type of story will be sure to keep your audience entertained. 

Pay Attention to Body Language 

When talking to someone it is important to pay attention to the body language. If you notice they are beginning to move around a lot and look restless, they are likely not engaged with your speech. 

Your audience’s body language is important, but your own body language is just as important. If you stay in one spot the entire time, you will come off as nervous and stiff. Practice moving around and looking natural when you practice your speech beforehand. How you look and feel when speaking has the potential to change the entire tone of the speech. 

Public Speaking is an Art! 

Public speaking can be an incredibly stressful thing for some people to do, but with the right amount of preparation and guidance, even the most stressed people can master the stage. All it takes is the right speech to reach that one person at the right time to change the course of history. 

Public speaking has a lot to do with leadership! We know you’ll love our blog post on “How to Be an Encouraging Leader.” Check it out!