Do you want to learn to be a better public speaker? Do you want to be able to give presentations that engage your audience?
To quickly recap, let us outline the three key components of public speaking:
- Message content
- Audience connection
- Message impact
Each of these three points will influence you as a presenter – the way that you come across to others. We previously discussed message impact and message content, which are the components influence the speech itself.
Then there is audience connection, which is influenced by the delivery of that written speech. Regardless of the size of the group or topic that you are presenting, you want to ensure that your speech is one that connects with the audience.
There are many different aspects of the speech that you need to consider. First, let us start with the delivery. Will you memorize your entire speech, make it up on the spot or somewhere in between?
The four methods of delivery are:
- The Impromptu Speech
- The Memorized Speech
- The Manuscript Speech
- The Extemporaneous Speech
However, a memorized speech is rarely recommended because it can become monotonous. The extemporaneous speech, otherwise known as a speech that is thoroughly planned out but not word for word, is usually the one most individuals favor.
Next comes the audience engagement. When you are giving a speech, you have a certain impact in mind. And the best way to convey this message is through emotion. What emotion do you want to evoke- sadness, happiness, or determination? Incorporating a short story or a narrative can help the audience connect to or picture the message. Stories, as well as jokes or visuals, are great tools to use.
Then, think about how interactive you want to be. This includes having a Q&A or a group exercise component, either at the end or throughout the speech. If used correctly, it can change the pace of your speech and re-energize the audience.
Now a key question- how do you know what delivery method to use? There is no clear right or wrong answer here. Each individual must find what works for him or her.
Think about times that you have given speeches and what seemed to work. Practice in front of people you trust and ask them for honest and constructive feedback. By running through different methods, you will find the best fit for you.
Go through all three of the components of public speaking before your next presentation and see the difference it makes!